The White Mountains of New Hampshire is home to stunning waterfalls, relaxing swimming holes, and incredble wildlife, such as moose, black bear, loons, fox, turkey, and rainbow trout. You might spot some of this wildlife just by walking on one of the thousands of hiking trails in the White Mountains. You may also get an insider's glimpse of where wildlife live by taking a Moose Tour. If you spend a little time in one of our State Parks, you will witness some of New Hampshire's finest flora and fauna.
Take a 3 hour evening moose tour (average 98% success rate). Sure to be fun for the whole family! Please call for details and times!
The Loon Center features loon displays, mounts, interactive exhibits and award-winning videos on loons. The non-profit Loon's Feather Gift Shop sells "all things loon and more!" The 200-acre Markus Wildlife Sanctuary on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee has two miles of walking trails that overlook a nesting pair of loons. Free Admission.
Learn more about watersheds and their importance to wildlife
The White Mountains have long been known for natural splendor, cultural richness, historical charm and stimulating recreation-as well as some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States. The White Mountains Trail, designated a National Scenic Byway, encompasses all these aspects over the course of its 100-mile route.
It's the highest mountain in northeastern North America: 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Native Americans called it "Agiocochook" and didn't climb it, believing that its summit was the home of the Great Spirit. Today its summit, a State Park, is visited by over a quarter of a million people from all over the world each year. From there, on a clear day, it's often possible to see into five states - New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York - even into Canada...
In the White Mountains the NH State Parks range from 6,440-acre Franconia Notch State Park to the highest State Park in the East, Mount Washington State Park. These parks' diversity means that visitors and residents alike can enjoy endless recreational opportunities, from hiking to swimming, mountain biking, fishing and boating. Take a scenic drive, watch wildlife, learn about the history of the region and the state, or enjoy a picnic with a view. Fees are nominal, and season passes are available.
North of Franconia Notch State Park is the Northern White Mountains. This gentle countryside is a bit more rural, the pace slower, the views absolutely gorgeous … so get off the highway and explore.
Whether your travels take you along the White Mountains Trail National Scenic Byway, the Northern Loop, or the Southern Loop, you're in for a treat. Along the way, you'll discover spectacular scenery, covered bridges, historic sites, picturesque towns and villages, and friendly people.
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.
There are a number of ways to make a loop through the southern White Mountains and the Lakes Region; here are a couple possibilities.
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.
Evening 3 1/2 hour moose tours (96% success May thru September). Reservation required. Partial tour schedule mid-May to early October. Adults $35. Ages to 15, $19. Celebrating 12 seasons. 8 pm departure. Moose movie - Moose Tour - Moose Fun!
Exhibits and programs on Atlantic salmon and New Hampshire's dynamic wildlife resources.
One of the most exciting aspects of spending time in the White Mountains is the opportunity to see wildlife such as white-tailed deer (the New Hampshire state mammal), moose, fox, bear, and other native animals. Several areas of the White Mountain National Forest are known as excellent places to observe wildlife. If you do see wildlife like moose or black bear on your outdoor explorations, exercise caution and never approach the animal...