The unspoiled landscape of the Great North Woods Region is ideal for camping. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a refreshing blend of recreation and scenery, combined with the peace and quiet of the wilderness.
Stretching up to the Canadian border with 97 percent of the land covered in forest, the Great North Woods region offers some of the best hunting, hiking, rock climbing, and snowmobiling in New Hampshire. Here, trails outnumber highways and wildlife-watching becomes a sport of its own, with the moose population upward of 3,500. The Connecticut lakes and the upper Connecticut River offer great trout and salmon fishing.
Scenic drives are the region’s leading attraction, so bring a camera to capture the natural splendor. Head up Route 3 to view rolling farmland along the Connecticut River, and enjoy a picnic at Beaver Brook Falls in Colebrook. Drive across Route 26 and you’ll pass the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, where many first-in-the-nation primary votes were cast in the Ballot Room. Then head to Lake Umbagog, where bald eagles nest. Further south on Route 16 is Thirteen Mile Woods, a stretch of untouched forest along the Androscoggin River, a favorite for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Overlooking the Androscoggin, the historic town of Berlin was once the center of the pulp and paper industry in New England, and the state’s fourth-largest city. Today, Berlin is home to Moffett House Museum, Northern Forest Heritage Park, and Berlin Fish Hatchery.
Choose from many New Hampshire state parks or private campgrounds, and create your own adventure by hiking or biking along the same cross-country trails that skiers and snowmobilers enjoy in the winter.
For more info on the Great North Woods Region
North Country Chamber of Commerce, 603-237-8939
The Northern Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1-877-788-2530
Points of Interest
- Ride the Wilds, Coos County (the Northeast’s largest interconnected ATV trail system at 1,000+ miles of trails)
- Moose Festival, Colebrook (August)
- Moose Alley, Pittsburg (scenic drive)
- Lancaster Fair (August/September)
- Jericho ATV Festival, Berlin (August)
- Northern Forest Heritage Park, Berlin
- North Woods Rafting, Milan
- Lumberjack Competition & Festival, Berlin
- RiverFire, Berlin (October)