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The White Mountains

New Hampshire's White Mountains run from Plymouth NH (Where we are located) in the south, all the way up to Gorham, NH in the north, and even into parts of Maine. Wandering rivers, lakes, notches, and even four, five and six thousand foot peaks cover the beautiful landscape.  The entire region is a camping, hiking, biking and all around adventure mecca, right here in New England!  Check out everything it has to offer!

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Franconia Notch

Crawford

Notch

Mt Washington Valley

Kancamagus Highway

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Waterville Valley

Moosilauke/

Rumney

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Franconia Notch

 

Intro

cliff-hanger

You know you are in Franconia Notch when you see one of the biggest cliffs on the East Coast on Cannon Mountain.  From the road down below and the miles of trails that cover the notch, if you look closely at the nearly 1000 foot cliff you may see rock climbers scaling the granite cracks and slabs.  Franconia Notch is also the former home of the Old Man on the Mountain which unfortunately tumbled down after loosing it's battle with gravity and erosion.  Access the spectacular Franconia Ridge, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, as well as the Flume Gorge all in this beautiful State Park.  For more information, visit NH State Parks site below

Camp

top Campgrounds

  • Lafayette Place is the only official campground within the park and is located central to great hiking, swimming, climbing and biking right from your site.  Being the only campground located in the park, reservations are recommended

  • If Lafayette Place is full, investigate camping in another region, research some of the private campgrounds nearby, or determine if you are ready for primitive camping (Read: No water, bathrooms, etc...) Nearby private campgrounds include Country Bumpkins and Fransted Family Campground. A Popular primitive camping area is the Gale River Loop Road. Please read the LNT principles before you go!

to do

what to do

  • Moderate Hike- Lonesome Lake: A 3.1 Mile loop that starts and ends from Lafayette Place. Check out the lake and great views of the nearby mountains.

  • Easy Hike- Artist's Bluff: A 1.4 mile short loop on the north end of the notch with great views of Cannon and into the notch from it's rocky summit.

  • Hard Hike- Franconia Ride and Lafayette: This iconic 8.4 mile loop will take you all day, but the views are the best in the area on a clear day.

  • Cannon Mt Tramway*- Tired legs? Take a trip up the tram to the top of Cannon 

  • Flume Gorge*- A walk through the gorge on boardwalks and trails. 

  • *Activity requires a fee

Crawford Notch

 

Intro

A notch in history

Crawford Notch, originally settled by the Crawford family who lived there in the 1800's building trails and operating a hostel, is easily one of the most beautiful locales in New England.  Today, we can reap the benefits of the Crawford's trails, as well as many others, and explore what this area has to offer.  On top of the abundance of more natural activities, from this area you can step back in time at the Mt Washington Hotel, marvel at the magnificent Mt Washington itself, ride a train or even hop on the chairlift at Bretton Woods.  For more information on Crawford Notch State Park, visit their website in the link below.  Have fun!

Camp

top Campgrounds

  • Dry River Campground is located right in the heart of the park with river access and hiking all nearby.  During the summer reservations are recommended.

  • Zealand Campground is located next to Sugarloaf and is Walk-In only, no reservations required

  • Crawford Notch Campground is right up the street from Dry River with 100 sites on 100 acres located on the Saco River. Reservations are recommended.

  • Sugarloaf Campground 1 and 2 are located near the West entrance to the notch with great wooded sites and close access to river. Reservations recommended.

  • Fourth Iron primitive campground requires a 10 minute walk to access sites, walk ins only. Great spot, but more difficult logistics for a beginner camper.

to do

what to do

  • Moderate Hike- Mount Willard is the classic big reward hike in the area. Totaling 3.2 miles, not too steep and the best views of the notch makes this a must do.

  • Easy Hike- Elephant Head is a .7 mile hike with a view down the notch

  • Hard Hike- Arethusa Falls to Frankenstein Cliff is a great loop to check out the falls and the cliffs.  Alternatively make it easier by just visiting the falls.

  • Cog Railway*-  Ride in style up to the top of Mt Washington on the railway

  • Bretton Woods*-  From scenic lift rides to a Canopy Tour, they have a lot to offer

  • Mt Washington Hotel- Free to go in and explore the beautiful old style hotel

  • *Fee Required

Kancamagus Highway

 

Intro

hairpins & Rivers

One of the most beautiful stretches of road in New England lies here, with 26.5 miles of NH Route 112 (AKA "The Kanc") designated as a National Scenic Byway, its no wonder this is a great place to camp, hike, and swim in the many swimming holes close to the road. With lot's of first come first serve sites that do not accept reservations, this makes for a great last minute adventure. Easy access to Lincoln to the west, and North Conway to the East, makes this a nice getaway.  With great river access to the Swift River, kick back in your chair, put your feet in the water, listen to the waves and relax on your camping trip along the Kancamagus Highway.  For more info on the area, check out the unofficial guide below

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top Campgrounds

**All campgrounds listed below (except Covered Bridge)do not take reservations,  they are first come first serve. There are plenty and they are great campgrounds!

to do

what to do

  • Moderate Hike- The Boulder Loop Trail is 2.8 miles long and offers great views

  • Easy Hike- The Forest Discovery Trail is a 1.5 mile loop near Big Rock

  • Easy Hike- Sabbaday falls is a short hike to a beautiful series of small waterfalls

  • Hard Hike- Mount Osceola is a 7 mile hike getting you on one of NH 4000 footers

  • Swim in the Swift River-  Choose your own adventure!  The best way is to find a pull-off near the water and find your own private spot!  Alternatively check out...

  • Lower Falls- A small fee area but great for swimming, and sliding in the river

  • Loon Mountain- Ropes Courses, Gondola Rides and more. Check out the caves near the summit if you do a Gondola ride.  They are very cool.

Moosilauke/Rumney

 

Intro

The gentle giant

Mount Moosilauke flanks the southwestern end of the White Mountains standing tall at 4,802 feet in elevation.  The prominence of this mountain makes it a site to see, and standing on top of it's bald peak offers spectacular views of the area.  Far down below in the valley, the beginnings of the Baker River and Lost River wind their ways downhill.  Follow the Baker river south into Rumney where it winds by the craggy cliffsides of Rattlesnake Mountain, home to the best sport climbing in New England.  Follow the Lost River for the chance to explore its many caves and boulders at Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. No matter what you do, you're bound to stay busy hiking, climbing, swimming and more in this far west end of the White Mountains. 

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top Campgrounds

to do

what to do

  • If you're a climber, you could do a month at Rumney, at least spend the weekend!

  • Hard Hike- Hike Mt Moosilauke! Wake up early, take your time and get on one of the coolest peaks in the area. Climb the Gorge Brook trail and loop down Carriage Road and the Snapper Trail for a great 7.2 mile loop

  • Moderate Hike- Rattlesnake Mountain Trail will take you to great views of the Baker River and Rumney on a 2.3 mile hike.

  • Moderate Hike- Stinson Mt Trail, 3.4 miles to more great views of the area

  • Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves- Fee area, but very cool small caves

  • Polar Caves- Similar to above, small caves and boulders with a fee

Waterville Valley

 

Intro

from peaks to valleys

Mostly known for the skiing in the wintertime, the Waterville Valley area has plenty to keep you busy during the summertime too!  If you have ever been in the winter, it's one way in and one way out.  In the summer, Tripoli Road opens up allowing us to venture further into this regions many trails, ponds, and camping areas.  Tripoli road is a bumpy dirt road that winds its way down between Mt Tecumseh and Mt Osceola. The road itself just adds to your adventure.  Along this road is plenty of primitive camping, with a more formal campground located closer to the valley. There is great hiking, biking and more to keep you busy.  This area is very easy to get to and has great access to Lincoln and Woodstock.

Camp

top Campgrounds

  • Waterville Campground- Located just outside of the village, river access, next to Sandwich Mt trailhead.  Reservations Recommended.

  • Russell Pond- Great spot tucked in along Russell Pond, wooded sites, pond access and we are told great for fishing. Reservations Recommended

  • Campton Campground- Closer to 93, wooded sites, close to Campton

  • Waterest Campground- Privately owned, wooded sites, near brook and pond

  • Tripoli Road- Dispersed camping along Tripoli Road. No water available, some portable toilets. Not an established campground, some nice sites. Walk-in Only

  • Osceola Vista Campground- This is a campground for large groups up to 40

*All campgrounds reservations recommended, except for Tripoli Road

to do

what to do

  • Hard Hike- Welch and Dickey is rated as hard due to the steepness but a must do if you can. 4 miles total with some rock scrambling. Do not do when it's wet out!

  • Moderate Hike- Mount Osceola there and back to the summit is 6.1 miles with excellent views from the summit

  • Easy Hike- Little East Pond trail is 4 miles and is out and back to a remote pond

  • Tons of other hikes include Mount Tripyramid Loop Trail, Mount Tecumseh, more

  • Waterville Valley Resort offers Chairlift Rides, Mountain biking, golf and more

  • Grab a fishing license and head to Russell Pond

Mount    Washington Valley

 

Intro

Presidential views

When seeing photos of Mt Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains you might think that there is no way this is New England.  Well, we've got news for you, it is.  Whether you want to hike, bike, climb, drive, or ride your way to the summit of one of the many peaks in this area, there is something for everyone.  The summit of Mt Washington sits at 6,288 feet making it the highest peak in the Northeastern US, and the most prominent peak east of the Mississippi.  To the South lies the town of North Conway with access to restaurants, shopping, as well as the famous Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges.  To the North lies Great Glenn and Gorham with restaurants, hiking and biking all around.

Camp

top Campgrounds

  • Dolly Copp- A large campground undergoing some renovations. The campground is open but is Walk-in only until renovations are complete.  Once complete, reservations are recommended. Can't be closer to Mt Washington than this!

  • Wild River- Not in the Mount Washington Valley, one valley over as the crow flies but its not a short drive.  It is down a long dead end dirt road making it a nice peaceful spot right next to the Wild River. Walk Ins only.

  • Other privately owned campgrounds exist in the area and may or may not be the right fit for you and your group.

to do

what to do

  • Hard Hike- Hike to the top of New England! From Pinkham Notch take the Tuckerman Ravine trail.  In total this is almost 8 miles and a lot of elevation

  • Moderate/Hard Hike- Carter Dome via the Carter Dome Trail and 19 mile Brook takes you to two summits with about 8 miles of hiking. 

  • Easy Hike- Square Ledge is a short almost mile hike with views of Mt Washington

  • Wildcat Resort offers Chairlift Rides, Ziplines and more

  • Great Glenn Trails offers mountain biking and paddling trips and tours

  • Mt Washington Auto road gets you to the summit without your legs (Toll Road)

  • Ride the Wild is an ATV trail system in Gorham. Rentals Available

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