This important National Scenic Trail enters New Hampshire from Vermont at Hanover. It winds through White Mountain National Forest, crossing the Presidential and Franconia Ranges, the two highest mountain ranges in the state, and then traverses the less lofty but incredibly rugged Mahoosuc Range at the Maine border.
The scenery throughout this state is magnificent, and the views are some of the finest to be found along the entire Appalachian Trail. The difficulty of the entire New Hampshire portion should not be underestimated, however. Much of the time it’s extremely rough and strenuous.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed along the trail at a number of lean-tos and other designated campsites. No permits are necessary.
Within White Mountain National Forest (see entry page 204) camping is also allowed elsewhere along the trail, except in Restricted Use Areas, or within one-quarter mile of roads or facilities. Campsites should also be at least 200 feet from water sources and the trail.
For Further Information: Appalachian Trail Conference, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. This organization publishes the Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire-Vermont.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CAMPING RESOURCES
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH OFFER WILDERNESS
Appalachian Mountain Club, Box 298, Gorham, NH 03581; (603)466- 2727. This major club sponsors backpacking, canoe-camping, and other wilderness camping trips, and also offers courses and seminars in wilderness skills.
AMC Guide to Mount Washington and the Presidential RangeBoston: Appalachian Mountain Club.
AMC River Guide: New Hampshire and VermontBoston: Appalachian Mountain Club, 1983.
AMC White Mountain GuideBoston: Appalachian Mountain Club, 1987.
Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire-Ver-montHarpers Ferry, WV: The Appalachian Trail Conference, 1989.
Canoe-Camping Vermont and New Hampshire RiversSchweiker, Roioli. Woodstock, VT: Backcountry Publications.
Fifty Hikes in New Hampshire’s White MountainsDoan, Daniel. Woodstock, VT: Back-country Publications, 1983.
Fifty More Hikes in New HampshireDoan, Daniel. Woodstock, VT: Backcountry Publications, 1986.
The Sierra Club Guide to the Natural Areas of New EnglandPerry, John and Jane. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1990.
25 Ski Tours in New HampshireSchweiker, Roioli. Woodstock, VT: Backcountry Publications.
INFORMATION ABOUT CAMPGROUNDS IN STATE
New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 856, Concord, NH 03301; (603)271-3254.
STATE HIGHWAY MAP AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
New Hampshire Office of Vacation Travel, P.O. Box 856, Concord, NH 03301; (603)271-2666.