Affectionately known as WMNF, this Forest has 1,200 miles of trails, 23 campgrounds, and tons of ski areas. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular places to play outside east of the Read more...
Affectionately known as WMNF, this Forest has 1,200 miles of trails, 23 campgrounds, and tons of ski areas. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular places to play outside east of the Mississippi.
The area is home to the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. Part the of the Presidential Range, Mount Washington dominates the area at 6,288 feet. The particularly daring can attempt the 23-mile Presidential Traverse—a grueling haul across seven 4,000 foot peaks. These mountains have some of the worst weather on earth. In winter, the wind can hit 200 mph with temps as low as -47 °F, so maybe just don’t go in February. If the weather is bad, you can drive the Mount Washington Auto Road or ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway to reach the summit in style.
The rest of year is far more pleasant, especially at lower elevations. There’s abundant wildlife to see. Bald eagles, moose, black bears, lynx, otters, bobcats, and a bunch of other animals all call the WMNF home. The fall foliage and nearby quaint New England towns are not to be missed. We're talking Norman Rockwell stuff here people.
There’s plenty of camping nearby. Whether you’re after developed, family-friendly sites, or the quiet solitude of backcountry wilderness, you’ve certainly come to the right place.