Recreation

The While Mountain National Forest draws millions of visitors each year for world-class hiking, skiing and camping adventures in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. With 1200 miles of hiking trails, 400 miles of snowmobile trails and 23 developed campgrounds, the People's Forest has something for everyone.

Enjoy the People's Forest

 

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Albany Covered Bridge Open to Visitor
Albany Notch Trailhead Open to Visitor
Alpine Garden Trailhead Open to Visitor
Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead Open to Visitor
Baldface Shelter Open to Visitor
Barnes Field Group Campground Open to Visitor Toilet facilities closed temporarily.
Beaver Brook Shelter Closed to Visitor
Beaver Brook Trailhead Open to Visitor
Black Mountain Cabin Open to Visitor undefined
Brickett Place Interpretive Site Open to Visitor
Camp Penacook Shelter Open to Visitor
Caribou West / Mud Brook Trailhead Open to Visitor
Carter Ledge Trailhead Open to Visitor
Coppermine Shelter Open to Visitor
Crawford Connector Trailhead Open to Visitor
Crocker Pond Campground Closed to Visitor Day-Use Only
Diana's Baths Open to Visitor Toilet facilities closed temporarily.
Direttissma Trailhead Open to Visitor
Dolly Copp Picnic Area Open to Visitor undefined
Doublehead Cabin Open to Visitor undefined
E Royce / Spruce Hill Trailhead Open to Visitor
Eliza Brook Shelter Closed to Visitor
Ethan Pond Shelter Closed to Visitor
Ferncroft Trailhead Open to Visitor
Garfield Ridge Shelter Closed to Visitor
Gentian Pond Shelter Closed to Visitor
Gilead Picnic Area Open to Visitor Toilet facilities closed temporarily.
Glen Ellis Scenic Area Open to Visitor
Great Gulf Link Trailhead Open to Visitor
Great Gulf Wilderness Trailhead Open to Visitor Toilet facilities closed temporarily.
Guyot Shelter Closed to Visitor
Hastings Campground Closed to Visitor
Hastings Trailhead Open to Visitor
Hermit Lake Shelters Closed to Visitor
Hexacuba Shelter Closed to Visitor
Huntington Ravine Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Imp Trailhead Open to Visitor
Imp Shelter Closed to Visitor
Jeffers Brook Shelter Closed to Visitor
Jim Liberty Cabin Open to Visitor
Kearsarge Tower Observation Site Open to Visitor
Kilkenny Ridge Trailhead Open to Visitor
Kinsman Pond Shelter Closed to Visitor
Liberty Springs Tentsite Closed to Visitor
Lincoln Woods Trailhead Open to Visitor
Long Pond Day Use Area Closed to Visitor Long Pond Road and bridge reconstruction is almost complete, and we hope to have the road open by late July. Storm damage to the road and three of its road bridges was severe, which required us to go out for contract to complete the repairs, adding multiple steps to the process. We are currently working with the contractor to finalize the repairs, and will provide updates as the project moves toward completion. We sincerely appreciate your patience and we are all looking forward to Long Pond Road being open again!
Lower Falls Recreation Site Open to Visitor
Mead Explorer Base Camp Closed to Visitor
Moose Mountain Shelter Closed to Visitor
Mt Cabot Cabin Open to Visitor
Mt Carrigan Observation Site Open to Visitor
Nauman Shelter Tentsite Closed to Visitor
Nelson Crag Trailhead Open to Visitor
Nineteen Mile Brook Trailhead Open to Visitor
Ore Hill Shelter Closed to Visitor
Osceola Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Osgood Tentsite Open to Visitor
Pine Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor undefined
Pine Mtn / Pine Link Trailhead Open to Visitor
Piper Trailhead Open to Visitor
Radeke Cabin Open to Visitor undefined
Rattle River Shelter Open to Visitor
Rocky Gorge Scenic Area Open to Visitor
Royce Mtn Trailhead Open to Visitor
Rumney Rocks Day Use Area Open to Visitor
Russell-Colbath Historic Site Open to Visitor
Sabbaday Falls Observation Site Open to Visitor
Sawyer Pond Shelter & Tentsite Closed to Visitor
Sawyer Pond Trailhead (Kancamagus Hwy) Open to Visitor
Sawyer River Road Snowmobile Trailhead Open to Visitor
Smarts Mountain Shelter Closed to Visitor
Smarts Mountain Trailhead Open to Visitor
South Moat Mountain Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Starr King Trailhead Closed to Visitor
Sugarloaf I Campground Open to Visitor
Sugarloaf II Campground Open to Visitor
Thompson Falls Trailhead Open to Visitor
Three Ponds Shelter Closed to Visitor
Trapper John Shelter Closed to Visitor
Trident Col Tentsite Closed to Visitor
Tuckerman Ravine Trail Open to Visitor
Unknown Pond South Trailhead Open to Visitor
Unknown Pond Tentsite Open to Visitor
Valley Way Tentsite Closed to Visitor
Velvet Rocks Shelter Closed to Visitor
Weeks Brook Trailhead Open to Visitor
Welch-Dickey Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wentworth Trail / Mead BaseTrailhead Open to Visitor undefined
White Ledge Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wild River / Basin Trailhead Open to Visitor
Wild River Campground Open to Visitor undefined
York Pond East Trailhead Open to Visitor
Zealand Picnic Area Open to Visitor

Spotlights

Dolly Copp Campground

A spiral of logs extends into the distance

The campground includes 177 campsites along 3.5 miles of multiple loop roads and spurs, 12 flush toilet buildings, a historic log “visitor center”, a group campfire location, two trailheads, a nature trail, a gatehouse, an administrative service area, and housing for seasonal employees.

 

Welch-Dickey Trailhead

a smooth knob of granite is speckled with alpine forest.

The Welch-Dickey trail is extremely popular due to it's relatively easy access to fine views. The trail varies through shady hardwood forests to open expansive views. I the summer, wild bluberries can be picked as you approach the summit. There is some rock scrambling required along this trail, so come prepared with appropriate footwear. Trail is marked by yellow markers. 

There are many scenic areas along the ledgy 4.4 mile loop. 

Lower Falls Recreation Site

A low falls area on the forest full of people swimming and lounging on the rocks.

Lower Falls is the most popular destination on the Kancamagus Highway. It is a beautiful spot where the Swift River drops many feet over smooth granite rocks into a large pool. It is an ideal place to picnic, sun bathe, and swim. There is an 80 car parking lot, rest rooms, and picnic tables with charcoal grills. During July and August there is usually a Forest Service person on site to sell recreation passes, provide information, and as an emergency contact in case of injury as there is no cell phone coverage for several miles. Visitors should be aware that the rocks can be quite slippery and during high water extreme caution should be exercised while visiting the falls and the river. By ordinance of the Town of Albany, alcohol is prohibited at this site.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/whitemountain/recreation/