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 Lots of outdoor activities in the Mount Washington Valley, and some less strenuous ones, too.




Besides hiking and camping in the state parks and national forests, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities.

Right in the center of North Conway is the station for the Conway Scenic Railroad, the place to start a scenic ride through the mountain country, summer or winter. More...

A considerable part of northern New Hampshire is included in the White Mountain National Forest, which is not to be confused with a national park. The forest does have a number of developed sites, however. Camping areas (cold running water, and pit toilets only) are dotted here and there, as are very pretty picnic areas.

A maze of trails, some very easy and not so easy, covers a lot of the forest's vast expanse. Signs by the roadside mark the trail's beginning.

Another option is to rent a canoe for the day or the week from Saco Bound Inc, 2 miles east of North Conway on US 302 (tel 603-447-2177). The Saco River has lots of smooth and easy areas. Day-trips, overnight trips and canoe pickup service are available, as well as daily canoe rental. The season runs from April through October.

Story Land (tel 603- 383-4293), a children's amusement park with rides, clowns, animals, and lots of other treats. Once you've paid the admission fee, all the rides are free. Children under 4 are admitted without charge. Open daily from mid-June through early September, and then weekends only until mid-October.

Ski Areas in Summer
The ski areas at Attitash and Wildcat Mountain don't fully close down in summer. They've developed full warm-weather recreation programs to keep the visitors coming and the bills paid.

At Attitash (tel 603-374-2368), the lifts keep working to take you up to the top of the Alpine Slide, a long track which you schuss down on a little cart—an exhilarating ride intended for all ages.

At Wildcat Mountain the cafeteria stays open for those wanting a snack before boarding the gondolas for the 25-minute round-trip cable car ride up the mountainside, in operation daily from late June to early September. From September 12 to October 11, it's open on weekends.

The area around Wildcat Mountain and its base camp are kept tidy because they're within the national forest and subject to its regulation.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Conway Scenic Railroad station, North Conway NH

Conway Scenic Railroad station,
North Conway NH.




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