White Mountain (NH/ME) links page

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Location Lat/Lon: 44.05601°N / 71.45508°W
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Purpose of this Page: Links to Official Sources

Services like the US Forest Service have a tendency to revise their regulations from year to year, and to reorganize their websites just as often. This makes it difficult to keep all the links on a website like Summitpost up-to-date. So, my plan is to have a handful of the most important links for the White Mountains centralized on this page, where I only have to update them once.

U.S. Forest Service (White Mountain National Forest)

Road Closures

Backcountry Camping Rules 2012

Parking Passes

Note on parking fees: As of 2012 the law states that the USFS may only charge fees at lots that are furnished with all of the facilities listed below.

(i) Designated developed parking.

(ii) A permanent toilet facility.

(iii) A permanent trash receptacle.

(iv) Interpretive sign, exhibit, or kiosk.

(v) Picnic tables.

(vi) Security services.

This means that parking fees are not collected at all lots. The list of which lots have the required amenities may change over time, as amenities are added or removed.

WMNF Backcountry Rules 2012, as Text

(Note: the PDF linked above also includes some general info about Leave No Trace, and ranger contact info. Note also that these are only the rules for the WMNF; separate rules apply to state land {e.g., Crawford or Pinkham Notches} and private land {e.g., most of Mt Moosilauke}.)

No Camping, Wood or Charcoal Fires within 1/4 mile of the following except at designated sites

  • Any hut, shelter, developed tent site, cabin, picnic area, developed day use site, or campground
  • Any trailhead

The following special areas:

  • Zeta Pass

The following bodies of water:

  • Champney Falls
  • Diana’s Bath
  • East Branch of the Pemigewasset River from the Kancamagus Highway (Rt. 112) to Franconia Brook, including islands
  • East Pond
  • Kiah Pond
  • Long Pond, including islands
  • Sabbaday Falls
  • Sawyer Ponds - Big and Little (except at shelter and tent platforms)
  • Thoreau Falls
  • Unknown Pond

The following roads:

  • Base Station Rd. (FR 173)
  • Bear Notch Road (FR 26)
  • Beebe River Road (FR 400)
  • Breezy Point Road (FR 186)
  • Buffalo Road (local)
  • Dugway Road (FR 60) from the picnic area to the Kancamagus Highway
  • Haystack Road (FR 304) from Rt. 3 to North Twin Trailhead
  • Jefferson Notch Road (FR 220) from the Base Station to Caps Ridge trailhead
  • Kancamagus Highway (Rt. 112) from Junction Rt. 302, Bath, NH to Junction Rt. 16, Conway, NH
  • Kiah Pond Road (FR 418)
  • Lower Hall Pond Road (FR 417)
  • Mad River Road (Rt. 49) from Campton to Waterville Valley, NH
  • Noxon Road (FR 62)
  • Old Cherry Mountain Road (FR 14)
  • Petty Brook Road (FR 353) from Forest boundary 1/2 mile East to end of the road
  • Pinkham B. Road (FR 207)
  • Rocky Branch Road (FR 27) where it passes through the National Forest
  • Rt. 16 from Junction Rt. 2 Gorham, NH to Junction Rt. 16 Glen, NH
  • Rt. 302 from Junction Rt. 16 Glen, NH to Junction Rt. 3 Twin Mtn. NH
  • Sawyer River Road (FR 34)
  • Gale River North and South Gale River Rd, (FR 25 and 92)
  • Stillings Road (FR 506) where it passes through the National Forest
  • Stinson Lake Road (FR 113) where it crosses Brown Brook
  • Tunnel Brook Road (FR 700)
  • Upper Hall Pond Road (FR 422)
  • White Ledge Road (FR 369) where it passes through National Forest
  • Wild River Road (FR 12)
  • Zealand Road (FR 16)

No Camping, Wood or Charcoal Fires within 200 feet of:

The following bodies of water:

  • Black Pond
  • Black Mountain Pond
  • East Branch of the Pemigewasset River from
  • the Wilderness boundary to its crossing with Thoreau Falls Trail, including islands
  • The stream along the Smart’s Brook trail from Rt. 49, 1.5 miles to the log landing

The following trails:

  • Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail
  • Appalachian Trail corridor from the summit of Mt. Moosilauke to the Connecticut River (except at shelters)
  • Intersection of Cedar Brook and Hancock Notch Trails to junction with Hancock Loop Trail
  • Champney Falls Trail from the trailhead to Champney Falls
  • Falling Waters Trail
  • Franconia Falls Trail
  • Liberty Springs Trail
  • Lower Falls Trail
  • Old Bridle Path
  • Valley Way from its intersection with the Scar Trail to Madison Hut
  • Wild River Trail from Wild River Campground to 1 mile south

The following restrictions apply to these areas:

  • Bartlett Experimental Forest (No camping)
  • Research Natural Areas (No wood or charcoal fires)
  • Candidate Research Natural Areas (No wood or charcoal fires)
  • Greeley Ponds Scenic Area (No camping, wood or charcoal fires)
  • Mt. Chocorua Forest Protection Area (No camping, wood or charcoal fires, except at Camp Penacook. At Jim Liberty Cabin visitors may sleep inside the cabin but no fires are allowed.)
  • Rocky Gorge Scenic Area (No camping, wood or charcoal fires)

The following restrictions apply to each of the six Wildernesses on the White Mountain National Forest:

Caribou-Speckled Mtn.
Great Gulf
Presidential/Dry River
Sandwich Range
Wild River

  • No motorized equipment or mechanical transport (wheelchairs are an exception)
  • No storing of equipment, personal property or supplies including geocaching and letter boxing
  • Hiking group size may not exceed 10 people, and no more than 10 people may occupy any designated or non-designated campsite

Additional regulations for Presidential/Dry River and Pemigewasset:

  • No camping, wood or charcoal fires within 200 feet of any trail except at designated campsites

Additional regulations for the Great Gulf Wilderness:

  • No wood or charcoal fires at any location
  • No camping within 1/4 mile of the Great Gulf Trail between its junctions with the Sphinx and Gulfside Trails.
  • No camping within 200 feet of any trail except at designated sites

The following restrictions apply to the Cutler River Drainage (Including Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines)

  • No camping except at the Harvard Mountain Club Cabin (December 1-March 31 only) and Hermit Lake Shelters - Fee charged
  • No wood or charcoal fires

Camping in the Alpine Zone (where trees are 8 feet tall or less)

  • No camping except on 2 or more feet of snow
  • No camping on frozen bodies of water
  • No wood or charcoal fires
Please note that the above treeline areas of Cutler River Drainage (Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines and the areas around them including the Alpine Garden and East Snowfields) are closed to camping regardless of snow cover.

NOTE: Violating these restrictions is punishable by a fine pursuant to: 16USC551



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