Great Things to Do in the White Mountain National Forest, USA

Ishaan Govardhan Jul 24, 2019
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Known for notoriously unpredictable weather, the great White Mountain National Forest graces more than 750,000 acres of New Hampshire and Maine terrain with nature's bounty.

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With each season of the yearly cycle, the thriving White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) delivers a slew of new activities and different ways to explore it.

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In spring, visitors flock to the pristine waterfalls of WMNF: Crystal Cascade, Arethusa Falls, Zealand Falls and the many waterfalls of Franconia Notch State Park.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, see if you can stand your ground against the force of Ripley Falls, by rappelling down the cascade.
If you're after a refreshing dip in the forest, try the Emerald Pool of Evans Notch. This basin collects pure mountain water of ideal temperature.

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Planning a trip in springtime? Don't forget your fishing rod. Fly fishing for trout is a great way to spend your time at the lakes and rivers of WMNF.

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Take advantage of the risen water levels (due to spring run-off), and go whitewater rafting on the relentless Magalloway River rapids for a real challenge.

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As spring gives way to summer, snow starts to melt in earnest. Now's the time to hike 1200 miles of WMNF trails! Explore the iconic Presidential Traverse or the beautiful Pemi Loop trail.

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Immerse yourself in the wilderness of WMNF by going backpacking. There's plenty of campsites scattered around, if you don't feel like pitching your own tent.
If tents are not your style, just rent one of the 8 WMNF High Huts (mountain lodges) that are available for weary trekkers of the Appalachian Trail.

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Mountain bikers have a variety of terrain to explore in WMNF. Try biking along the Boulder Loop Trailhead for an exciting adventure.
Head over to Bretton Woods, for thrilling rides along a series of lofty zip lines. The best way to appreciate the beauty of this forest, is by soaring above it.

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Go on an epic pilgrimage through the wilderness: a roadtrip on the Kancamagus Highway. This road winds and weaves with the rolling terrain.
As summer draws to an end, prepare yourself for nature's greatest spectacle: the fall foliage of WMNF. Leaves turn fiery red, and the canopy erupts in nature's symphony of colors.

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In fall, shutterbugs should hop on the Mt. Washington Cog train for the most picturesque and colorful ride of their lives.

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With the last leaf, falls snow. This is the time to go snowshoeing on Mt. Washington's Lion Head trail, if you can stand the wind (it holds the world record of 231 mph wind speed!).

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In winter, WMNF becomes a playground of powdery white snow. Take off on a fast-paced dogsled ride.
See if you can visit all the most iconic and distinctive covered bridges of WMNF: Albany Covered Bridge, Bath Covered Bridge, Bartlett Covered Bridge and so on.
Master the snowy terrain by renting a snowmobile and taking off into the wilderness.

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WMNF has some of New England's best slopes for you to ski on: Bretton Woods, Black Mountain, Waterville Valley and others.