Exploring the White Mountains in North Conway
One of the highlights of visiting the North Conway area New Hampshire is having an opportunity to explore the White Mountains, a part of the Appalachian Mountain range and home to White Mountains National Forest, the 750,852-acre park located just outside of town. The scenic park offers beautiful vistas, abundant wildlife and a myriad of activities for all ages and all skill levels.
Ways to explore the White Mountains National Forest
You don’t have to be an outdoor adventure enthusiast to explore White Mountains National Forest. The massive park offers something for most everyone.
1. Hiking trails. The vast White Mountains National Forest includes more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails. You’ll find trails of all lengths and designed for all skill levels. White Mountains National Forest also includes more than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. In addition, the White Mountains are noted for their alpine huts for overnight hikers.
2. Scenic drives. You can enjoy the scenic wonders of the White Mountains by car as well as on foot. The forest offers a number of interesting drives, the majority of which are beautiful in all four seasons. Chief among these is the 34-mile Kancamagus Scenic Byway that bisects the heart of the park along State Route 112. This byway has been ranked as one of the best drives in the United States for viewing fall foliage.
3. Climbing. The White Mountains include Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States, as well as many smaller peaks. Climbing these mountains draws enthusiasts from all over the world.
4. Skiing. Winter is also enjoyable in the White Mountains. The area offers five separate ski areas. Omni Mount Washington Resort has more than 100 trails and an elevation of 3,100 feet. Attitash Mountain Resort has 70 trails as well as a unique winter roller coaster that whips around the mountain at speeds of up to 20 mph. In total, there are more than 300 downhill ski trails in the White Mountains as well as 270 miles of cross country trails.
5. Other mountain adventures. Hiking, driving and climbing aren’t the only ways to enjoy the White Mountains of east-central New Hampshire. The area offers excellent fishing in the forest’s many lakes, rivers, streams and ponds; picnicking; boating and swimming in several alpine lakes; hunting and searching for rocks and minerals. In addition to skiing, winter activities include snowboarding, winter climbing, ice skating and cozy sleigh rides over the frozen landscape.
Enjoy the North Conway area at Stonehurst Manor
Stonehurst Manor, located north of North Conway, makes a great base for exploring the White Mountains. Set on 33 private acres, our elegant, European-style inn combines the friendliness of a bed and breakfast with big-hotel amenities like wireless Internet access and an award-winning restaurant. Choose from well-appointed guest rooms or spacious condos. Our early 20th-century decor and gracious service will make you think you’re staying in a luxury alpine retreat.