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Ammonoosuc Ranger District- The Ammonoosuc Ranger District encompasses the northwestern area of the White Mountain National Forest including Twin Mountain, Lincoln Woods Scenic Area and a portion of the very popular Presidential Range. Camping, hiking and skiing opportunities abound.
Androscoggin Ranger District- The Androscoggin Ranger District encompasses the northeastern area of the White Mountain National Forest including a portion of the very popular Presidential Range and Beans Purchase over to Maine. This is an extremely popular area with mountain climbers, hikers and skiers.
Pemigewasset Ranger District- The Pemigewasset Ranger District encompasses the southwestern area of the White Mountain National Forest including the Sandwich Range Wilderness, Greeley Ponds and the very popular Waterville Valley Ski Area. Year-round recreational opportunities are virtually unlimited.
Saco Ranger District- The Saco Ranger District encompasses the southeastern area of the White Mountain National Forest including Mt. Chocorua Scenic Area and Bartlett Experimental Forest and Echo Lake and Cathedral Ledge. Scenic drives, hiking, camping and skiing are popular recreations.

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White Mountain National Forest
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White Mountain National Forest
Description - White Mountain National Forest encompasses over 770,000 acres of mountains, streams and forests. New Hampshire has four wilderness areas (the Pemigewasset, Dry River, Great Gulf and Sandwich Range) in four ranger districts offer 1,200 miles of hiking, 20 developed campgrounds and 53 shelters. Spectacular views and alpine elevations draws over 6 million visitors annually.

Attractions - Cloaked with forests and laced with streams, the White Mountain rise in dramatic relief north of New Hampshire's central plateau. Among the ranges and ridges are the highest mountains in the Northeast, the Presidential Range, which culminate in the bare granite summit of 6,288 foot Mount Washington. Mounts Adams, Jefferson, Monroe and Madison also exceed 5,000 feet in elevation.

Nearly 800,000 acres (that's a little larger than Rhode Island), the Forest covers a landscape ranging from hardwood forests (which give us spectacular fall foliage) to the largest alpine area (where trees don't grow over 8 feet tall) east of the Rocky Mountains and south of Canada. There are campgrounds,hiking trails, scenic drives, historic places and plenty of space just to sit back and relax.

The Kancamagus Scenic Byway is 34 miles long and traverses the heart of the White Mountains. Route 302 offers spectacular views of the Presidential Mountain Range. The Patte Brook Auto Tour is a self-guided tour on the Androscoggin Ranger District. Views are spectacular during the fall foliage color changes.

The White Mountain National Forest has five designated Wilderness Areas: the Great Gulf with 5,552 acres; the Presidential Range/Dry River Wilderness with 27,380 acres; the Sandwich Range with 25,000 acres; the Pemigewasset Wilderness with 45,000 acres; and the Caribou-Speckled Wilderness with 12,000 acres.

The White Mountain National Forest has four downhill ski areas: Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Attitash/Bear Peak and Wildcat. There are also two cross country permits, Bretton Woods and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. There is an undeveloped spring skiing area at Tuckerman Ravine.

Recreation - The White Mountain has over 1,200 miles of hiking trails, 23 campgrounds and 14 picnic grounds. In the summer months some of the possible activities include camping in developed campgrounds and dispersed areas, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, picnicking, swimming and canoeing.

Winter brings ample snow for winter recreation activities including, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling.
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Climate - White Mountain's weather is unpredictable. At any time of year, you should be prepared with warm clothing and good rain gear. Winters can be very cold, with plenty of snow for winter recreation activities. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, with normally mild temperatures but occasional seasonal fluctuations. The area is renowned for its spectacular autumn colors. Summers bring mild to warm temperatures.

Location - The White Mountain National Forest lies in mostly in northern New Hampshire, with a small section in southwestern Maine. The Forest Headquarters is located in Laconia, New Hampshire with other Forest offices in Bethlehem, Plymouth, Gorham and Conway New Hampshire. There are Forest Visitor's Centers located in Bethel, Maine, and New Hampton, Gorham and North Woodstock, New Hampshire.


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Contact Information:
White Mountain National Forest, Federal Building, 719 North Main Street , Laconia, NH, 03246, Phone: 603-528-8721, TTY: 603-528-8722

Additional Information:
Lakes Travel Region - Home to the massive Lake Winnipesaukee and other large lakes have given this region its name. From summer fishing and swimming to winter ice fishing and even ice auto racing make this area a fun place to visit.
New Hampshire - New Hampshire is characterized by its spectacular beauty, rich heritage, and the strength of its people. The gorgeous landscape ranges from the Atlantic Ocean, White Mountains, rolling farmland, glorious lakes and rivers and quaint New England villages. New Hampshire also holds the distinction of having the longest wooden covered bridge in the country, the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge (built in 1866) spans the Connecticut River.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
White Mountains Travel Region - The White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire offering spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with the most well known being Franconia Notch offering sights of New Hampshire's symbol "the Old Man of the Mountain."

Links:
White Mountain National Forest - Official agency website.

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