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Description - White Mountain National Forest offers spectacular scenery in a northern mountain environment. The high elevations stretching above the tree line offer a rugged and often times cold experience for the traveler. Wildlife is abundant throughout all areas of the forest. Designated wilderness and scenic areas promote wildlife propagation. The visitor should keep in mind that recreation is second to the preservation effort within the USDA property.

Attractions - The White Mountains are known for their majestic slopes, rushing streams, conifer forests and and sudden extremes in weather. The ranges and ridges of White Mountain National Forest are the highest mountains in the Northeast. Maine's Speckled Mountain reaches an elevation of 2,906 feet and Caribou Mountain tops at 2,850 feet. Miles of hiking trails, coldwater brook trout streams and two campgrounds characterize Maine's portion of White Mountains.

Recreation - Hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, wildlife viewing and scenic driving are the most popular outdoor recreations enjoyed on Maine's 47,000 acre portion of White Mountain National Forest. Downhill skiing and cross-country skiing are allowed by permit only. Several designated wilderness areas prohibit logging, road building, vehicular and bicycle travel.

Climate - The White Mountains experience an average daytime winter temperature around 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). Summer temperatures average 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius). Higher elevations experience much cooler temperatures during all seasons of the year. Sudden changes in weather conditions is normal. Rain gear and layered clothing are strongly advised.

Location - White Mountain National Forest is located in Maine's Western Mountains Region along the New Hampshire border, south of US 2, west of SR 35 and north of US 302.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We traveled by motorcycle on rt 113crossed Evans Notch, wich was absolutly a beautiful ride. We spotted a young bull moose and had a black bear cross the road. This wound of made the trip in its self. We contiued up rt 120 after we had been advised by some locals that this was the road to take if you wanted to see moose. We weren't diappointed! We saw two along this route. We continued our trip up rt 17 into Rangeley this is definatly some of the prettiest land I have ever seen. It did help that we also got to see a mother moose and her baby. Over all we traveled approx 750 miles this weekend returning home thru Grafton Notch. I would highly recomend anyone looking for beautiful country side and friendly people to venture this way because there is way more to see than I could possable list here! Happy traveling! P.S. If your looking for a great food stop on rt 113 in Stow there is a little yellow bakery called the Stow Bakery that is definatley a 10!!


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Contact Information:
White Mountain National Forest, Federal Building, 719 North Main Street, P.O. Box 638 , Laconia, NH, 32460, Phone: 603-528-8721
, mailroom/r9_whitemtn@fs.fed.us

Additional Information:
Maine National Forests and Parks - Within Maine lies Acadia National Park, a portion of White Mountains National Forest and the terminus of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Western Maine Mountains Region - Western Maine Mountains is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Whitewater boating, fishing, hunting and winter sports abound in White Mountain National Forest, Rangeley Lake and Sebago Lake Areas.

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