What better way to explore New Hampshire’s nature than by hiking to see beautiful mountain waterfalls or taking a picturesque drive to visit covered bridges.
The White Mountains offers some of the best hiking opportunities in New England and there are trails for all levels. Whether you want to summit Mt. Washington, Adams or Jefferson or cross the Franconia Ridge Loop to the top of Lincoln or Lafayette, you’ll be sure to find views that will astound. For more information, visit www.hikethewhites.com
Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same “Great Stone Face” immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. You can spend a day or more exploring Franconia Notch State Park, including a stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, riding the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visiting the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim or rent a canoe or kayak at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Opening and closing dates (weather dependent):
Cannon Tram: Mid May to Mid October
Flume Gorge: Early May to Third Week October
Over 100 of these natural wonders are found throughout the White Mountains. In Spring they display nature’s power as the snow runs off the mountains, they’re a welcome retreat on hot summer days and are the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch. While many involve a hike to enjoy their splendor, several are located along major routes or just a short walk along groomed paths. Here are some of our favorites: •Arethusa Falls (Crawford Notch) – 200′ high, 1.3-mile hike in of moderate difficulty
- Bridal Veil Falls (Franconia) – 80′ high, 2.5 mile hike in
- Flume Gorge (Franconia Notch) – Admission Charged: Follow boardwalks over 800′ through covered bridges, past waterfalls and beautiful views
- The Basin & Cascades (Franconia Notch) – .1 and .2 miles from the Basin parking lot
- Silver & Flume Cascades (Crawford Notch) – located right along Route 302
- Ripley Falls (Crawford Notch) – 100′ high, 1/2 mile hike in with swimming holes at top
To view a more complete listing of Waterfalls in the area, visit: www.visitwhitemountains.com
Over 25 of these “courting bridges” are located in The Whites. Many say they were originally designed because horses were more comfortable crossing an enclosed span, while others believe the roofs were put on to protect the timbers from the weather. Whatever view you take, you’ll be taken back in time as you explore and cross these beautiful structures. To learn about the various bridges, visit: www.visitwhitemountains.com