Description - White Mountain National Forest symbolizes this region offering spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, trout fishing, mountain biking, alpine hiking, snowmobiling, scenic driving, camping and viewing some of America's most impressive mountains east of the Mississippi.
- White Mountains Travel Region is home of "the Great Stone Face," the Old Man of the Mountain. This natural carving handsomely juts out 1200 feet above Profile Lake in Franconia Notch State Park. Seven more state park facilities are in the region highlighting the beautiful waters and rolling mountains. Ski resorts, bed and breakfasts, fishing waters, multi-use trails and much more characterize the area.
Recreation - Visitors and residents alike enjoy viewing the spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with sights of unique rock formations including "the Old Man of the Mountain" found at Franconia Notch State Park. Fishing waters are abundant as well as multi-use trails. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice skating are enjoyed during the cold winter months.
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 White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire. The western boundary is the state of Vermont, the eastern boundary is the state of Maine, to the north lies the Great North Woods Travel Region and to the south lies the Lakes and Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Travel Regions.