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.
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- 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.
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.