Looking for a camper’s paradise this summer? Well how about checking out the White Mountain National Forest?
The White Mountain National Forest is located in northern New Hampshire with a little bit in western Maine, and is nearly 800,000 acres worth of outdoor fun. In the White Mountains National Forest you will find breathtaking scenery, majestic granite slopes, valleys, white pine, white birch and scarlet maple, ponds, rivers, streams, and a veritable plethora of things to do, including:
- Birding in one of the 500 most important bird areas in the United States
- Boating, canoeing, kayaking (it should be noted that power motors are not allowed on most bodies of water in the National Forest)
- Climbing a great diversity of cliffs
- Fishing for brook, brown, or rainbow trout
- Hiking on over 1,200 miles of hiking trails, and yes, a significant portion of the Appalachian trail heads right through the rugged White Mountains
- Horseback riding
- Hunting for large game (black bear, moose, white-tailed deer), and small game (grouse, rabbits, and waterfowl)
- Mineral collecting for amethyst, apatite, beryl, epidote, fluorite, garnet, smoky and clear quartz, and topaz
- Mountain biking
- Wildlife watching for bear, birds, deer, moose, and more
And if that is not enough, the region also offers:
- Trains for railroad buffs – Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, the northeast’s highest peak; or take scenic rides on the Conway Scenic Railroad or the Hobo Railroad.
- Theme parks – Check out Santa’s Village, Six Gun City, Story Land and the area’s other theme parks.
- Covered bridges – View some of New Hampshire’s famous covered bridges
There is so much more to do that we could fill volumes. Suffice it to say that there is enough to do in the White Mountains and the White Mountain National forest to keep you coming back year after year.
We should also note the some of the best fall foliage viewing on planet earth can be found here.Camping the White Mountain National Forest
For those of you who want to get right up into the forest, the US Forest service has 23 campgrounds and 3 group campgrounds as well as back country camping facilities in the White Mountain National Forest. For more on camping see the camping page of the National Forest website. There are also numerous private campgrounds through out the White Mountains.
The White Mountain National Forest is very popular and easily accessible to major cities in the northeast. So as the weather warms, head your car north into the White Mountains. You will be glad you did.