The remote wilderness of the Great North Woods welcomes outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the region.
Experience the unspoiled landscape in the Great North Woods Region, New Hampshire’s northernmost tip. Stretching up to the Canadian border, the Great North Woods is a nature lover’s paradise with 97 percent of the land covered in forest.
The region has some of the greatest areas to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Travel along Moose Alley (Route 3 in Pittsburgh heading north) for the best chance to encounter a moose. Fish the Connecticut River for great trout and salmon or visit Lake Umbagog to see where bald eagles nest. You may spot a mink, otter, muskrat or beaver in the lakes or rivers, while black bears, bobcats, and white-tailed deer inhabit the uplands.
Take in the views of rolling farmland along the Connecticut River as you travel along Route 3. Along the way, be sure to stop for a picnic at the Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook. Head across Route 26 and you’ll pass the Historic Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, where the first-in-the-nation votes are cast in the Ballot Room. Further south, along Route 16, is Thirteen Mile Woods, a rugged forest along the Androscoggin River, a great place for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
The Great North Woods is home to Ride the Wilds, the Northeast’s largest interconnected ATV trail system with over 1,000 miles to explore. Revel in the undeveloped land with easy access points and breathtaking views.
A stop in the Great North Woods region isn’t complete without taking a photo at the 45th Parallel Signs. The signs mark the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator, and reside in the towns of Stewartstown and Clarksville.
In addition to outdoor adventure, the Great North Woods offer many popular events including the North Country Moose Festival in Colebrook, the Umbagog Wildlife Festival in Errol, and the RiverFire Festival, where you can view a spectacular display of fire on the Androscoggin River in Berlin.
Points of Interest:
- Northern Forest Heritage Park (Berlin)
- Androscoggin Wayside Park (Errol)
- Poore Family Homestead (Stewartstown)
- ELC Outdoors (Errol)
- Nansen Ski Jump Historic Site (Berlin)
- Thirteen Mile Woods (Errol)
- 45th Parallel (Clarksville)
- Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge (Whitefield)
For more info on the Great North Woods:
Umbagog Area Chamber of Commerce
New Hampshire Grand
North Country Chamber of Commerce
The Northern Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce
Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods Chamber of Commerce