Welcome to White Mountain National ForestThe White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire and western Maine ranges from mountainous hardwood forests to majestic alpine peaks. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities year round.

White Mountain National Forest Offices Remain in a Virtual Stance

White Mountain National Forest Remain in a Virtual Stance at this time. Please call your local office for information on the Forest or to go about getting passes or other needs. Most locations and activities on the White Mountain National Forest are open, follow the activity icons below or go to our Recreation pages for details

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USDA Forest Service Mount Washington Avalanche Center Closure Order Rescinded

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The closure order for Tuckerman and Huntington Ravine, the Gulf of Slides, Appalachian Mountain Club Visitors Center grounds, parking lots, and facilities at Pinkham Notch has been rescinded. The closure order was in addition to the annual closure of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail above Lunch Rocks, which will remain in place until the snow melts.

No camping is allowed in the Cutler River Drainage, including at Hermit Lake Shelters and tent platforms or Harvard Cabin. The summer Lion Head Trail to the summit is open for travel - though significant sections of steep trail remain snow covered and will be icy in freezing temperatures. Ice axe, crampons and micro spikes may be necessary for safe travel.

The WMNF asks the public to please recreate responsibly.

Forest Roads Status

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Seasonal road closures are common on the White Mountain National Forest. Stay up to date with the latest road information by following us on Twitter or Facebook, or by calling the Ranger District where the National Forest System road is located to confirm road status before heading up to your destination. Closed areas are open to foot traffic unless otherwise noted. 


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White Mountain National Forest Opens for Memorial Day Weekend

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The majority of Forest campgrounds have opened. However, large group sites and some dispersed camping areas such as Tripoli Road Dispersed Camping will remain closed.

Mud Season

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The calendar says spring. However, mud season remains before hiking gets in full swing. Find out how you can do your part to avoid resource damage during this seasonal transition.


Drone Use Policy

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Recreational use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) is allowed  as long as the landing of the drone does not occur in certain protected areas. Find out where and how you can help.

Dolly Copp Construction Updates

Dolly Copp Campground Closed Area

 Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH is undergoing a multi-year renovation project. Follow along our construction updates as we improve the Dolly Copp campground for 2019.

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Passes and Recreation Fees

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Drone Use Policy

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Be Bear Aware