Saco Lake in Crawford Notch, Cold Brook Falls in Randolph, and Cannon Mountain Skier by Robert Kozlow. Bigfoot the Wildcat Moose by Brooks Little.

Many of the images you see on this site are by local Photographer,
Bob has spent many years wandering about the "Whites" and his work captures the spirit of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.


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Summer ~ North of the Notches, NH

What's your pleasure when it comes to the outdoors? You can find beautiful and challenging settings for just about any outdoor activity you can imagine North of the Notches in New Hampshire! Be sure to check our Recreation Page for more Attractions, Tours, Rentals, Concerts and Museums in the area! Whether you are Hiking, Riding, Rafting, Kayaking, Swimming, or just enjoying the scenic waterfalls, we have some resources for you here:

Hiking - Climbing

Great Gulf Wilderness on Mt. Washington by Robert Kozlow

Appalachian Mountain Club - Pinkham Notch - Joe Dodge Lodge, 61 NH-16, Gorham, NH - 603-466-2721 amclodging@outdoors.org
Appalachian Mountain Club - Crawford Notch - Highland Center, White Mountain National Forest, U.S., US-302, Bretton Woods, NH 03575 - (603) 278-4453
White Mountain Huts of NH - AMC maintained hut system above timberline; hike door-to-door with your sleep sacks and enjoy in-season, home-cooked dinner and breakfast, as well as cold running water.
Randolph Mountain Club - P.O. Box 279, Gorham, New Hampshire, 03581. - A volunteer group promoting enjoyment of the Randolph area through hiking, trail development and maintenance, upkeep of camps and shelters. Maintaining four shelters in the Northern Presidentials: Gray Knob, Crag Camp, The Log Cabin and The Perch.
NH State Parks - Hiking Resources
Friends of Tuckerman Ravine - A private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington, NH. They work in close partnership with the US Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of this unique ravine.
Mount Washington Avalanche Center - The goal of this organization is to increase visitor safety on Mount Washington during the snow covered months, extending well into spring. The MWAC is operated by the Androscoggin Ranger District of the White Mountain National Forest and is the only American avalanche center east of the Rockies. With the rich history of skiing and climbing here, it is also the oldest backcountry forecasting program in the country.

ATV - OHRV Riding

Jericho Mountain ATV Park by Deborah Ryan

OHRV Safety Education Courses

NH Fish and Game - Course available once every spring in Gorham and Wentworth
Online Course - NH Fish & Game approved

Trails and Maps North of the Notches

Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding with a number of scenic outlooks,for properly equipped OHRV, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike. This park is always open for recreation unless closed or restricted by posting. During off hours and the off-season (winter) the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are not available and gates may be closed. Annual Jericho ATV Festival

See Jericho Trails Map

Ride the Wilds - Coos County. The Northeast’s largest interconnected ATV trail system, delivers 1,000+ miles of trails across Coos County, New Hampshire. Jump on your rig and ride along miles and miles of trail through forest, pastures and wide sweeps of undeveloped land with panoramic views of the mountains of northern New Hampshire, along graveled roads, and wooded trails.

See Coos County Ride the Wilds Map

Recreational Rail Trails - All recreational rail trails are multi-use trails. Users of multi-use trails may include hikers, bikers, equestrians, OHRVs. Different types of motorized usage are allowed at different times of the year on some multi-use trails. Please check to be sure your particular activity is allowed before using the trails. There are 3 in our area: Upper Coos Recreational Rail Trail (Colebrook-Beecher Falls) 10.5 miles - Presidential Recreational Rail Trail (Jefferson-Gorham) 18.3 miles - Profile Recreational Rail Trail (Bethlehem) 1.5 miles

See Recreational Rail Trail Map

ATV/OHRV Clubs North of the Notches

Ammonoosuc Valley ATV Club PO Box 63, Bath, NH 03740 - avatv.org
Androscoggin Valley ATV Club (Berlin/Success), PO Box 534, Berlin, NH 03570 - avatvclub.org
Great North Woods Riders ATV Club (Perry Stream Trails in Pittsburg), PO Box 218, Pittsburg, NH 03592 - greatnorthwoodsridersatv.org
Kilkenny Trail Riders, PO Box 64, Lancaster, NH 03584 - kilkennytrailriders.com
Metallak ATV Club (Errol, Colebrook-Bayroot & Balsams lands), Colebrook - metallakatvclub.com
Milan Trail Huggers ATV Club (Milan/Stark/Dummer, between Rte.3 and Rt.16) - Facebook Page
Millsfield ATV Club (Dummer/Millsfield/Errol, South of Route 26-Bayroot LLC Lands), 16 Chasebrook Circle, Litchfield, NH 03052 - millsfieldatv.com
North Country ATV Club (North Stratford), PO Box 161Facebook Page
Presidential OHRV Club (Gorham to Berlin), PO Box 152, Gorham - Facebook Page
Sunset Riders ATV Club (Berlin), PO Box 697, Berlin, NH 03570 - - sunsetridersatv.com
Umbagog ATV Club(Errol, north of Route 26-Bayroot LLC Lands), Errol - Facebook Page

Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing

Great Glen Trails - Rt. 16, Pinkham Notch, P.O Box 300, Gorham, NH 03598 - 603-466-2333
ELC Outdoors - 983 Upton Rd, Errol, NH 03579 - 603-215-0002
North Woods Rafting - 877 Milan Rd, Milan, NH 03588 - 603-449-6646
Raft NH and Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel - 196 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581 - 603-545-4533

Mountain Biking, Fat Biking & Cycling

Great Glen Trails by Deborah Ryan

Road Cycling - Road cyclists will find challenging mountain notches and rural winding roads with rewarding views! There are two century rides; A Three Notch Century Ride sponsored by Northeast Passage to benefit people with disabilities, and the Mt. Washington Century Ride sponsored by Tin Mountain Conservation Center.


Coos Cycling Club - Promoting mountain biking, road cycling, and maintenance of trails and transportation or travel, to and from activities in Coos County. The leaders of these activities are volunteers. They are not paid professional guides or leaders. In all activities, all members share in the responsibility for group safety as well as their own. Maps available for the Gorham area and Moose Brook.


Bretton Woods Adventure Center - Alpine or Valley Trail Mountain Biking Systems. Lift-serviced downhill mountain biking trails. Trail passes can be purchased for 2-hour, half-day or full-day increments. or a season pass for unlimited access during normal operating hours. Try renting a Mountain Scooter. This scooter has full sized mountain bike tires and handle bars but you stand on a skateboard-like platform. Daily June 15 - September 3 , after that weekends if weather allows.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center - Mountain Biking and Fat Biking, Well-marked carriage roads and single track trails let you explore the Glen at the base of Mt. Washington. Take in the mountain views, as you pedal through beautiful meadows and pass scenic rivers, on trails that wind up and down thru the forest. Rentals and Instruction for adults and kids. Bring a picnic lunch and have a seat at the picnic table at Great Angel Station warming cabin at the height of the trail system. Open daily June 9 and some previous weekends.

Franconia Notch Bike Path - A Recreation Path that winds through Franconia Notch State Park and parallels I-93 and Rt. 3 through the notch. Contains hills, bike-walk areas and an elevation gain of approximately 800 feet from south to north. Cannon Mountain Now Offers bike rentals and shuttle service. At the base of the Tramway, bike rentals are being offered and you'll find a full range of all-terrain bikes for adults and children.

Moose Brook State Park - Well-maintained by volunteers, single track boking and walking trails thru the forest. White Mountains Region just north of the Presidential Range in Gorham where there is unparalleled scenery. Campground and a pond for fishing and swimming.

Weeks State Park- Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the Prospect estate (now a museum) and grounds provide a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley.


There are so many waterfalls throughout the White Mountains, it is hard to hike and not come across one. They are too numerous to mention them all, but here are some of the most popular ones: some have swimming holes.

   Cold Brook Falls and Arethusa Falls by Robert Kozlow

Self-guided Waterfall Tour- This tour takes you on a loop that covers 1-93 thru Franconia Notch, 302 thru Crawford Notch, with a side trip up Route 16, then from Conway, Route 112 (Kancamaugus Highway) back to Lincoln. It includes some of the most famous falls such as Arethusa Falls and Glen Ellis Falls.
White Mountain Waterfalls - Too numerous to mention all the waterfalls in the White Mountain Region. Here is a list with useful information and photos.
Great North Woods Waterfalls - Detailed descriptions and some have history, also photos and videos of the waterfalls, directions, and maps and GPS locations.

Some Favorites

Arethusa Falls - Nestled into the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park off Route 302 in Harts Location, Arethusa Falls is regarded by many as the best scenic waterfall in New Hampshire. There is some debate, however, over the height of the plunge, believed to be the tallest in New Hampshire. AMC’s White Mountain Guide lists the falls as “nearly 200 feet,”
Glen Ellis Falls - At the south end of Pinkham Notch, this falls is easy to get to, has a well maintained trail with signs that give you some of the history of Glen Ellis Waterfall and the Ellis River. Unique in that it drops 64' down at a right angle. Stairs take you from the top to the bottom of the falls.
Flume Gorge - Franconia Notch. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. A trip into the Flume begins and ends at the Flume Visitor's Center.


Echo Lake Beach by Robert Kozlow

There are many brooks and rivers with swimming holes in the White Mountain National Forest. The joy of discovery is part of the experience!

Echo Lake Beach - Beautiful Echo Lake, at an elevation of 1,931 feet, offers views of Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mountain. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and canoe and paddle boat rentals.

Jericho Lake - Park guests can enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing and picnicking at Jericho Lake. The park also includes a 20 site ride-in/ride-out campground, cabins, a bathhouse and Visitors Center.

Moose Brook State Park - Moose Brook flows through the park and after passing through a shallow warming pool, feeds the swimming area with cool, clear mountain water.


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