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White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest
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Chloe Thomas
Russell Springs, KY979 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
I am an avid hiker and was thrilled to try out the White Mountains. Unfortunately, we only had one day while passing through but made sure to make it worth while.

In the morning, we headed out on the Frankenstein Cliff and Arethusa Falls trails. I was stunned to see some reviews here saying the area offered no challenging hiking trails. Those individuals obviously didn’t try Frankenstein Cliff. I have hiked in national parks all across the US, including popular Bryce and Zion. This trail was more challenging than any hike we did there! When we finished, my watch read “150 flights climbed”. I will say that once we reached the top of the Cliff, it was before noon and still foggy so the view was not worth it. I would recommend skipping this trail unless you can guarantee great visibility.

The Arethusa Falls trail was not challenging and came with a beautiful view. Wish we could have spent more time at the falls.

For experience hikers and both trails combined, it took us 5 hours with hardly any long breaks.

Can’t wait to visit again!
Written October 25, 2023
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TravelingBum10
United States2,737 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful area in New Hampshire. We camped in the Hancock campground but there are several campgrounds throughout the mountain. They are all dry camping and have a water spigot and a toilet. No showers available. There’s a lot to do in the area. No cell service!
Written July 14, 2023
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Jake23
New Jersey6,523 contributions
Jul 2020
The White Mountains are a must see if you live in New England or tristate area. A few hours drive is totally worth it to see the natural beauty. It’s a great place all year long spring and summer for hiking, fall for foliage, and winter for skiing.
Written July 26, 2020
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vicknjeff
118 contributions
Oct 2021
Very beautiful area! We did the scenic highway and made a ton of stops along the way for pictures! We also hike to a couple different waterfalls and a difficult hike for some views. Leaves were just turning as we visited. Great area for hiking and/or just driving and stopping at scenic stops.
Written October 11, 2021
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kylemacleod
Newton, NH1 contribution
Aug 2015 • Couples
This is the worst camp ground I have ever been to.If you talk after 10pm you will be kicked out of the grounds. We received a $360.00 dollar ticket at 7 pm for sitting around a fire talking and laughing to loud. Very unprofessional ownership.my advice to anyone that wants to enjoy themselves camping drive right past the covered bridge campground or bring a lawyer because you will be dealing with the police.
Written August 23, 2015
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Chengta D
Hollis, NH42 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
You can drive up Hwy 93 to Lincoln and right turn to Kancamagus Hwy., which is Hwy 112. There are several trails along the way that you can stop and take pictures. Since I just came back from Colorado trip, I was not easily impressed. But been a long time New Hampshire resident, this is what we have and the yellow and red leaves do look pretty in some areas. By next weekend, if God helps us with no rain and sunny sky, it should be more spectacular than today. By reaching Conway you have to turn north on Hwy 16 toward North Conway. Along the way there are many restaurants and shopping places. From there you can turn left to Hwy 302. Scenery was so so till you reach around Crawford Notch when mountain become more majestic and from the road near Bretton Woods you will see this beautiful Mount Washington Resort with pretty red roof and white color building. If you have extra cash and time, make sure to stop there and have a lunch there, then continue drive east to Franconia Notch. Along the way there are many scenery stops such as base of Canon Mountain and Echo Lake that will complete the loop. Next two weeks should be peak of foliage and it doe not cost you a dime to enjoy northern New Hampshire.
Written September 28, 2013
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David E
San Angelo, TX273 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The White Mountain National Forest is filled with a myriad of sites from the Rusty Gorge of rushing water surrounded by wonderful folliage in the fall, to Echo Lake which mirrors the foliage on its placid calm surface and nice beach in the summer. There are waterfalls viewable from the road and others worth the 1 and 1/2 mi trail. Catherdral Lookout of the valley is wonderful and of course the cogtrain and Mt. Washington too. I have tramped all over the Rockies, but this is special and unique in its own right. There are covered bridges from the 19th century and the serenity of these wood and waters is worth hours of peaceful hiking, even for this non-backing, creature comfort loving guy.
Written October 30, 2013
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amie818
73 contributions
Aug 2013
Recommend Dolly Copp Campground, a national forest campground. Rustic with flush toilets and supreme location with views and access to the river. So many hikes, it's difficult to choose. Stop by the Androscoggin Valley Ranger Station on Route 16. The staff there is a wealth of helpful info to help direct your activities. They gave us great tips for local swimming holes appropriate for small children and adults alike (one of which is in the woods behind the ranger station....access via a short trail through the woods from the parking lot.). Glen Ellis Falls is a must see waterfall and the hikes are too numerous to describe. An excellent destination for the outdoor enthusiast!!!
Written August 24, 2013
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Beth B
58 contributions
Aug 2015
We were on the last day of a two week road trip, and while we'd planned on the drive up Mt. Washington, it was going to take time to get there and would have resulted in more time in the car than we wanted. We stopped in the visitor's center at the start of the highway and got a ton of info from the ranger. One of the best suggestions was to head back into town to grab some lunch to take with us. There are no facilities on the highway so this was a great tip. Go to the Sweet Maple Cafe at 80 Main St in Conway to get some delicious sandwiches and wraps. They also have an amazing bakery. It took us most of the day to work our way across the highway, and there was a great combo of things to do from challenging, and rewarding, climbs on the Boulder loop trail, to an easy stroll to Rocky Gorge where we had our picnic lunch and I got to dangle my tired feet in a cool stream. There were a number of overlooks that required nothing more than to hop out of your car to ooh and ahh over the view. We were so glad we traded off the day of driving for this wonderful trek along the lower part of the White Mountains.
Written August 9, 2015
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ellenanthony
montreal20 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
a great place to hike, whether it be a day hike, or a multi-day trek. You can either stay at one of the eight staffed-huts, (where you will be provided with dinner, breakfast and a comfortable place to sleep)... all within a one-day's hike from each other. Or you can camp out on your own. Absolutely beautiful. But if you are going above tree-line, exercise caution, in terms of the weather and your abilities. Been there hundreds of times, and hiked many of the 4000 + foot peaks.
Written October 2, 2013
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White Mountain National Forest - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)