Local Area Attractions
Most of the White Mountain Attractions are a short scenic drive from our park. Remember to always take pictures but to leave only footprints.
Most of the area attractions can be seen in a "DAY'S TRIP" Here is sample itinerary:
- Monday: We hope it is warm and sunny. www.whalestalewaterpark.net
- Tuesday: Rain or shine! www.clarkstradingpost.com and www.polarcaves.com
- Wednesday: Don't forget your camera! www.lostrivergorge.com and www.hoborr.com
- Thursday: Fantasies live! www.storylandnh.com
- Friday: Be sure you have your list for Santa, AND that you have been a good little boy or girl. www.santasvillage.com
- Saturday: Hang out at the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA to enjoy all our park's amenities. Visit koa.com or Facebook: Woodstock NH KOA
- Sunday: If this is the end of your White Mountain vacation we sincerely want your travels to be safe and we hope to see again real soon.
Check This Out!
The tour features 40 sites on a 100 mile loop It's educational in nature and developed by a partnership of the Forest Service, AMC, Forest Society, Arts Alliance of Northern NH and others. Guests discover iconic locations while learning what the White Mountain National Forest is and how it came to be.
The Franconia Notch Bike Path is a paved trail that travels through the woods, over bridges and ends where the view will be rewarding.
Lonesome Lake AMC Trail Summit!
One should never do this hiking trail by their "Lonesome"...it is one to share!
BRIDAL VEIL TRAIL
This is an easy pleasant trail that leads to a pretty waterfall and cascades feeding into a little mountain pool on the Coppermine Trail.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway "The Kancamagus Highway, also known as The Kanc" is often misspelled and mispronounced Kangamangus Highway, Kangumangus Highway or Kancamangus Highway. The correct way to pronounce Kancamagus is "Kank-ah-mah-gus"
Today, Rocky Gorge is as beautiful as ever from the thousands of years of erosion through these rocks. Keep in mind that Rocky Gorge is just as dangerous as it is beautiful, which is the reason swimming is not allowed here. Many people have been injured or killed in the Swift River. One of the signs displayed at Rocky Gorge tells the story of Dorothy Sparks, who almost drowned when she became trapped under the falls for over 3 hours on July 20, 1942. She was saved by a trooper who thought he was recovering Dorothy's body.
Clark's Trading Post!
Clark's Trading Post has been creating memories since 1928, featuring quality family entertainment. Enjoy a trained bear performance, steam engine ride, Chinese Acrobatic Troup, water blaster boats and a wonderful museum. They can BEARLY wait to see you. www.clarkstradingpost.com
Attitash with Mountains of Fun!
A New Hampshire icon since 1976, our alpine slides are the longest in North America, checking in at just over one mile long! Ride up the Flying Yankee Quad chairlift to begin this exciting journey down rolling slopes, straightaways and, of course, the S-turns underneath the lift.
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves!
Discover nature's beauty and puzzle pieces. Wooden walkways are lantern lit. Step back in time to face the challenge of caves. Explore gigantic boulders stacked like building blocks, and view the Judgment Hall of Pluto with its spectacular 20 foot inside waterfall. www.lostrivergorge.com
Loons main attractions: NHs longest scenic gondola summit skyride, zipline and Aerial Forest Adventure Park combine for family fun! The Skyride features beautiful White Mountain scenery and access to the Glacial Cave Walk, artisan crafters, childrens playground, self-guided nature walk and family dining. The Zipline offers thrills as guests soar above the Pemigewasset River and the Aerial Forest Park offers challenge high among the trees on five different courses. Also, mountain bike rentals and tours, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, accommodations, spa & fitness center, festivals, concerts and special events. www.loonmtn.com
For those willing to take their "fun" to a different level, there are several zip lines and suspension bridges, where nature hikes meet thrill rides. A Safari off-road tour is nearby.
Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing, Cruising, Swimming and ATV'ing!
Canoe or Kayak in a nearby river for that thrill or spill. Tubing is another way to enjoy relaxation on any lazy summer day. Boat ramps and drop-ins are available and during any one of these water journeys, take the opportunity to cool off in any pristine Mt. stream, lake or pond. Several area shops will offer guided river and ATV tours.
Covered Bridges and Waterfalls!
There are more than 100 waterfalls in the White Mountains. Each of our more than 50 unique covered bridges are not only an integral part of the landscape, but shall provide a place to wait out a summer rain shower or shhhhhhh steal a kiss.
Franconia Notch State Park!
See Geological wonders or take a spectacular hike. It was the home of the "Great Stone Face". The park's information center offers interpretive exhibits, gift shop and a kids crawl through Wolf's Den and Bear's Cave. www.visitnh.gov/flume
New England Ski Museum
Interpretive, nature based programs will be offered at Franconia Notch State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs like "Bear Country, Sensory Hike, Flume Find, Breaking it Down, Delight of Night and Campfire Stories, will be presented by Interpretive Rangers in the Park each week. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.
Auctions, Antiquing, Shopping and Museums!
Friendly towns are encompassed around our park. ,People wave to their neighbors and friends endure. ,From individual dealers to country auctions, and where most every town boasts and antique shop, novelty store or name brand factory outlet. ,Check out the local historical and ski museums. ,And remember in New Hampshire it's all tax free.
If you are up for a real challenge and need that chill for a thrill, try this! Not for everyone, however.
#1 Scenery in the East (SKI Magazine) Experience New Hampshires ZipRider and soar ½-mile over trees, trails and the Peabody River at speeds up to 45 mph! Then leisurely ride the Wildcat Express Gondola Skyride to the 4,000+ foot summit of Wildcat Mountain. Views of Mt. Washington, Tuckerman Ravine, and Presidential Range offer memories, a unique picnic, and great photo opportunities. Explore and learn about natural surroundings of Wildcat Mountain located 100% on U.S. National Forest land. Café, 9-hole lift-serviced disc golf, special events available all summer. www.skiwildcat.com
Hunting and Fishing
The clear waters of our area are ideal for fly or cast fishing; trout, browns and rainbows. Hunters will be in paradise not only for the notable views but also for the abundance of turkey, deer, moose, bear or whatever your hunting pleasure. A current NH hunting/fishing license is required.
Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding and ATV Rentals!
Take the time to discover many off road hiking trails, (which may be an abandoned railroad bed) which would be fantastic for bicycling too. Franconia Notch (10 minutes away) offers a bicycle path along with a variety of hiking trails ranging from novice to the advanced level. Rock and Ice climbers are welcome to challenge the walls above Profile Lake. Horseback riding enthusiast will enjoy the mountain meadows and cool forest trails. Nearby ATV rentals on private property is available.
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Play is good! Visit North Conways Playground this summer and experience adventures in our Mountain Adventure and Aerial Adventure Parks. Zoom down thousands of feet of twisting, turning fun flying through the woods on the Mountain Coaster, zip on the Soaring Eagle while accelerating 700 feet down the mountainside on a suspended cable, arc high into the sky on the Giant Swing, or race down the summer tubing hill, and more! Take to the trees in the Aerial Adventure Park for fun challenges like ziplines, air bridges, cargo nets, and other obstacles, or tour the surrounding streets and mountain slopes for a guided Segway tour.
Conway Scenic Railroad
Whether you choose one of the Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch excursion, this is a journey back in time that the whole family will enjoy! On the Valley Train, choose Coach, First Class, or experience dining on the rails aboard the Dining Car Chocorua. On the Notch Train choose from Coach, First-Class, or Dome seating. With the First Class package, enjoy lunch in the elegant Dining Car Hattie Evans. www.conwayscenic.com
Lower Falls is a popular swimming area in the summer, and a colorful spot for picnic or photographs during the foliage season,
BEAVER POND IN KINSMAN NOTCH
There is nothing more stunning than a glass-smooth body of water perfectly reflecting the dazzling colors of a White Mountains forest during the height of foliage season. The twin opposing images seem stitched together at the shoreline by the thinnest of threads and only the circular ripples, courtesy of a rising trout, break the mirrored spell.