White Mountain National Forest in Maine & New Hampshire: Explore 800,000 Acres of Preserved Wilderness
With its rugged ranges and majestic slopes, White Mountain National Forest covers about 800,000 acres across New Hampshire and western Maine. Speckled Mountain and Caribou Mountain (which reach elevations of 2,877 and 3,343 feet, respectively) represent 12,000 acres of Maine’s portion of the White Mountains.
Known as the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, this area of public land in the WMNF includes spectacular views from the open summits of these two formidable mountaintops.
Things to Do
With more than 25 miles of trails inside the Wilderness boundaries, all or part of 12 different hiking trails invite visitors to meander and explore all summer from June through September. The trails offer hikers a lofty combination of gentle to moderate grades, cool, cascading waterfalls, and rocky ridges with awesome vistas.
But that’s not all… Maine’s total share of the White Mountain National Forest is 47,000 wondrous acres in Maine’s Western Mountains Region. Hikers can experience the wonders of this magnificent forest in any season. The awesome colors of New England’s fall foliage are well worth the trip. The hiking trails welcome trekkers to strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis in winter’s wonderland. Spots for fishing and biking abound. White Mountain National Forest camping is sure to be an adventure as well. And if it’s solitary relaxation you seek, it’s not difficult to find a spot in the forest where you’ll have the woods to yourself.
Camping At White Mountain National Forest
The Maine portion of the White Mountain National Forest lies in the western mountains between North Lovell and Gilead. There are two public campgrounds for visitors. Reservations are not accepted at Crocker Pond but are at Hasting Campground, which has accessible sites. The campgrounds are open from mid-May to mid-October.
The National Forest also allows wilderness and backcountry camping on trails in Maine.