The White Mountains National Forest offers miles of trails, woods, rivers, and lakes for dogs to play in. Some of the attractions that are pet-friendly require dogs to be leashed, so do some research before visiting to make sure Fido is all set to join the family on your adventure!
The 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest is a powerful presence in the White Mountains. Adjacent to or part of every village and town, the National Forest ensures that this region will remain largely undeveloped.
Location:Franconia Notch Distance: 2 miles Time: 1-1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy Directions: Off I93/Route 3 in Franconia Notch State Park (The Basin parking lots). The trail easily ascends along the very scenic Cascade Brook to its intersection with the Cascade Brook Trail, a segment of the Appalachian Trail.
Address: The Basin, Franconia Notch State Park
Location: Kancamagus Highway Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation: 1750' Time: 2-3.5 hours Diffculty: Moderate Directions: Dugway Road off the Kancamagus Highway. Excellent views for relatively little effort. This is a loop hike through the woods with lots of large, interesting boulders. Several ledges offer great views of the many surrounding mountains.
Address: Kancamagus Hwy, Dugway Road, Conway, NH 03818
Location: Kancamagus Highway Distance: 3.2-6.4 miles Time: 1.5-3 hours Difficulty: Easy Directions: Four miles east of Lincoln on the Kancamagus Highway. The trail follows an abandoned railroad grade. It starts at the Pemigewasset River suspension foot bridge. The trail system includes the Lincoln Woods Trail, Pine Island Trail, East Side Trail, Osseo Trail, River View Loop, Pemigewasset Wilderness, Flume Slide Trail, Black Pond Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, the Wilderness Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Bondcliff Trail, and many other connecting trails. The Franconia Brook Campsite is located on the East Side Trail.
Located in the 100-Acre Wood, just 4 miles north of North Conway Village. Offering a number of outdoor programs along with educational ones, promoting exercise for both the mind and body, encouraging healthy habits for youngsters and their families. A 10K trail system; open year-round, a Theater, and a Maple Sugaring operation set the backdrop for many programs and fundraising activities. All net proceeds go toward Reading Programs and Scholarships.
Address: 41 Observatory Way, Intervale, NH 03845
Phone: (603) 356-9980
Location: Crawford Notch State Park Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation: 400+ feet Time: 1 hour Directions: Take Route 302 into Crawford Notch. About 3.4 miles south of height of land, you'll turn into the well marked parking area for Ripley Falls. Start on Ethan Pond Trail, then follow Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail to this gorgeous 100 foot waterfall. Ripley Falls is a beautiful 100-foot waterfall flowing over a smooth rock wall. The rock wall is at about a 60-degree angle, causing the rushing mountain water to maintain contact with the rock during most of its descent. There are only short, temporary periods where the water jumps away from the rock wall. Because of this, Ripley Falls, as an entire structure, is one of the steepest-angled slides in all of New England.
Address: Route 302, Crawford Notch, NH 03812
On the summit of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster is the summer estate of John Wingate Weeks, the U.S. Congressman who led the charge to establish the Weeks Act of 1911 to create our National Forest system. The hiking trails provide year-round activity for all ages and the first Scenic & Cultural Byway in our state leads to a spectacular view from the summit.
Address: 200 Weeks State Park Road, Lancaster 03584
Phone: (603) 788-4004
Beside Route 112, 1.6 miles west of North Woodstock. Small but beautiful 10 foot waterfall, also called Indian Leap. Series of potholes on Moosilauke Brook.
Address: Off Rt. 112W, 1.6 miles west of North Woodstock NH 03262
Location: Franconia Notch State Park Distance: 3-6 miles One Way or 6-12 miles Round Trip Elevation: 4760' to 5260' Time: 3-8 hours Directions: Parking is available at the Trailhead Parking Lot (when traveling north through Franconia Notch) or at the Lafayette Campground (when traveling south through Franconia Notch). The Falling Waters Trail is a popular trail to the summit of Little Haystack Mountain. Along the way are several waterfalls. Stairs Falls is the first waterfall seen on this trip. A few hundred feet above Stairs Falls is Swiftwater Falls; a 60-foot tall mix of cascades and small plunges. The last waterfall, and by far the main attraction of this trail, is 80-foot Cloudland Falls, a picturesque fan-type horsetail. Like the other two waterfalls, this waterfall can be seen from the trail, but the best views are afforded by sidestepping off the main trail and getting closer to the falls. Upon reaching the summit of Little Haystack Mountain (4840'), one can return to the parking lot via the Falling Waters Trail or continue along the Franconia Ridge Trail to Mount Lincoln (5089') and to Mount Layafette (5260'). From Mt. Lafayette, one can descend to the parking lot via the Old Bridle Path.
Location: Entrance to Crawford Notch Distance: .3 miles Time: 20-30 minutes Difficulty: Easy Directions: I-93N to Exit 35. Follow Route 3 towards Twin Mountain to Route 302. In Twin Mountain, at the only traffic signal, take a right onto Route 302E. Approximately 12-15 miles after Twin Mountain, you'll enter Crawford Notch State Park. As soon as you pass the Crawford Depot station on the right and Saco Lake on the left, park in the trail-head parking lot on the right. Note: you will see the giant elephant's head across the road from the parking lot. The trail starts across the road from the parking lot. Look for the sign. Elephant Head is another contender for "the best view for the easiest walk in the White Mountains." It is a bit rugged, steep, and muddy, but it is only about a third of a mile each way, and leads to a sweeping view of Crawford Notch, both north and south. The trail to Elephant Head goes through a typical second-growth forest of mixed hardwoods and evergreens.
Address: Elephant Head Trail, Carroll NH 03575
Location: Kancamagus Highway Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation: 2245' Time: 3-4 hours Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Directions: 9.5 miles East of Lincoln on Kancamagus Highway. Two pretty ponds ringed by mountains and easy grades. The Greeley Ponds Trail does continue all the way to Waterville Valley, but usually hikers turn back at the second pond and retrace the same path back to Kancamagus Highway.
Address: Kancamagus Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251
Located at the gateway to North Conway, Settlers Green has over 60 outlet stores and restaurants. Shop the latest fashion at J. Crew Factory, Banana Republic Factory, American Eagle Outfitters and Brooks Brothers Factory. Save on active wear for your outdoor adventures in the White Mountains at stores like Under Armour Factory, New Balance Factory, Jockey Outlet and more. More than just tax-free shopping, Settlers Green offers a beautiful courtyard setting, children's playscape with musical instruments and climbing features and outdoor cafés. Enjoy seasonal events such as free outdoor family movies and free yoga in the summer, shopping events during the fall and holidays, plus shopping specials on Friday evenings during the winter. Dine at Brandli's Pizza Grille, the main restaurant at Settlers Green, with sit-down dining and take out. There are also two food kiosks at our Food Courtyard with grab-and-go options and light snacks. Coffee, cupcakes and more are available at the White Mountain Cupcakery. Visit settlersgreen.com and join our free VIP Program and get access to the latest exclusive offers from participating stores. Settlers Green also offers a free Coupon Book, with offers to more than 30 stores.
Address: 2 Common Court, North Conway 03860
Phone: (888) 667-9636
Location: Kancamagus Highway - Passaconway Historic Site Distance: .5 mile interpretive trail Time: 30 minutes Directions: The trail is located behind the Russell Colbath Historic Site. Parking is also shared with the Passaconway historic site on the eastern end of the Kancamagus Highway. The Rail and River Trail is a 1/2 mile interpretive trail that takes you back in time through the history of the area. This trail is considered to be a handicapped accessible trail with its wide crushed stone path and wooden bridges.
Address: Passaconway historic site on the eastern end of the Kancamagus Highway
Location: Thornton/Waterville Valley
Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation: Welch Mtn. (2605'), Dickey Mtn. (2734')
Time: 3-4 hours
Directions: From I-93, take Exit 28 and head east toward Waterville Valley on NH 49. In 5.6 miles turn left onto Upper Mad River Road. In 0.6 miles turn right onto Morris Road, following signs for the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail. In another 0.6 mile turn right onto gravel road, which leads 50 yards to the parking area for the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail.
The trail is a loop trail. Most common route is going counterclockwise. Great views of the valley and southern white mountains. Upper portion of the trail includes ledges and rock scrambles.
Address: Orris Road, Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Location: Franconia Notch Distance: 1.5 miles loop trail Elevation: 2340' Time: 1-1.5 hours Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Directions: From I-93 (Franconia Notch Parkway) get off on Exit 34C toward the Cannon Mountain Ski Resort and head west on NH 18. Go up roughly a half mile where you see a large parking area on your right. There will be sign for both the Bald Mtn. trail and the Artist Bluff Trail. Offers some of the best views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch.
Address: I-93 Exit 34C, off Route 18, Franconia Notch
At the base of Mount Washington you'll discover the magnificent setting of Great Glen Trails Outdoors Center. Enjoy a guided kayak trip along scenic lakes and rivers of northern NH with brilliant mountain views and opportunities for wildlife viewing. Bring your own bike or rent one, walk or hike along on our scenic trail system with amazing views of the Presidential Mountain Range. The Glen View Café is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy breakfast or lunch, or visit Great Glen Outfitters for the latest tax-free clothing, outdoor gear and gifts.
Address: Route 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham 03581
Phone: (603) 466-2333
Location: North Conway Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation: 2369' Time: 2-3 hours Directions: The trail head is located at the peak of Hurricane Mountain Road where there is a dirt parking lot. It is approximately 3.5 miles off Route 16 in Intervale. The trail, located in a spruce and beech forest, leads to a bare summit. The rocky summit provides views of Maine and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Address: Hurricane Mountain Road, Intervale, NH
Join us for an old-fashioned railroading experience! Whether you choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, this is a journey back in time the whole family will enjoy! On the Valley Train, choose Coach, First Class, or experience dining on the rails aboard the dining car Chocorua. The “Notch Train” offers Coach, First-Class, or Dome seating. With the First Class package, enjoy lunch in the elegant dining car, Hattie Evans.
Address: 38 Norcross Circle, Route 16 & 302, North Conway, NH 03860
Phone: (603) 356-5251
Location: North Conway Distance: 1 mile Time: 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy Directions: Parking lot is located off West Side Road, Bartlett/North Conway. Easy, relatively flat walk to beautiful rocky cascades. During the summer it is a great place for all ages to enjoy the tranquility of nature, cascading falls, and pools in the brook.
Address: West Side Road, Bartlett, NH 03812