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Much of central New Hampshire is encompassed by the White Mountain National Forest, one of New England's prime outdoor areas for camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking and skiing.



From Mount Cardigan and Waterville Valley in the south to Gorham and Littleton in the north, Lincoln and North Woodstock in the west and North Conway and Jackson in the east, central New Hampshire is all mountains (map).

The White Mountain National Forest and various New Hampshire state parks (especially Franconia Notch State Park) encompass most of the area, making it a mecca for outdoors activity lovers.

You can enjoy the natural beauty of the area the easy way, by driving through Franconia Notch and along the Kancamagus Highway, or taking the Mount Washington Cog Railway or the Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit of Mount Washington, New England's highest peak.

Or you can do it the hard way, hiking deep into the mountains to camp overnight, either in an Appalachian Mountain Club "hut" or in your own tent at a rustic campsite.

Natural beauty abounds, from the Flume Gorge and The Basin of Franconia Notch State Park to the snow-capped summits of the White Mountains' Presidential Range.

There are man-made pleasures as well: great mountain hotels, cozy inns, and plenty of stuff for kids.

If you don't have your own car, don't despair. The Shuttle Connection can ferry you from trailhead to trailhead and campsite.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Appalachian Mountain Club

White Mountain National Forest

Franconia Notch State Park

Bretton Woods NH

Franconia Notch

Gorham NH

Jackson NH

North Conway NH

Waterville Valley

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Cannon Mountain, Franconia Notch NH

Hikers contemplating their goal: the summit of Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch.

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