Description - The Great North Woods area is a melting-pot of residents. With Vermont, Maine and Quebec being so close, the area is strongly influenced by their cultures. Spectacular mountain scenery, hundreds of miles of snowmobile routes, miles of rushing streams and rivers characterize the area. Sports enthusiasts enjoy salmon fishing, whitewater boating, hiking, bird watching and moose watching.
- The Great North Woods Travel Region boasts having 97% of its land forested. Much of the land is privately held but often times the landowners permit recreational use including snowmobiling, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and boating. The four-season area is incredibly picturesque and unsurpassed for outdoor photography.
Recreation - Spectacular mountain scenery is enjoyed via scenic drives, hiking, biking, whitewater boating, skiing or snowmobiling. Viewing wildlife is also a main attraction to this area of the state due in large to the great numbers of moose. The area is also popular with bird watchers who enjoy observing the migrating waterfowl.
Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
The Great North Woods Travel Region is the northern most travel area in New Hampshire. Its sides are bordered by Vermont and Maine, while Quebec, Canada rests to the north and the White Mountains Regions to the south.