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White Mountain National Forest
Peter Smart
This is New England’s wild backyard. The White Mountain National Forest includes some of the most untamed and beautiful country in the Northeast.

Experience White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest includes some of the most untamed and beautiful country in New Hampshire and Maine. This is New England’s wild backyard.

Thanks in part to good forest stewardship, White Mountain National Forest remains among the most visited of the nation’s 155 national forests.

Many come to take in the fall colors. Some drive the local scenic highways. Others hike through stands of hemlock and sugar maple.

What are some of the best things about White Mountain National Forest?

It’s home to the Presidential Mountain Range, containing peaks named after U.S. presidents. Of those is 6,288 ft. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.

Wilderness camping in places like the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness draws many looking for a rugged, urban escape.

What’s one activity White Mountain National Forest is known for?

Wilderness camping.

In all, there are more than 153,000 acres of wilderness in White Mountain National Forest. 
If you’re not up for roughing it, try driving the Kancamagus Scenic Highway. 

Interested in wilderness camping and urban escapes? Get insider tips.

What’s one way The Wilderness Society is working to protect White Mountain National Forest?

By promoting good forest stewardship in White Mountain National Forest, we’re helping to protect nearly 400,000 acres of roadless areas.

These roadless areas provide great wilderness camping. Visitors also enjoy the area’s six designated wilderness areas:

  • Presidential-Dry River Wilderness
  • Pemigewasset Wilderness
  • Sandwich Range Wilderness
  • Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness
  • Great Gulf Wilderness
  • Wild River Wilderness

Learn more about our work in White Mountain National Forest.