Great North Woods Region
The “north country” or Great North Woods of New Hampshire is known for its mountain hikes, white water boating, waterfalls, covered bridges, moose sightings, bird watching, snowmobiling and beautiful autumn foliage. When you choose bed and breakfast lodging in this region, you can gaze up to see millions of stars and hear only nature. Standing at the 45th Parallel in Stewartstown or Clarksville, you are halfway between the Equator and the North Pole.
Wildlife love this region: visit Moose Alley and Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, North Country Moose Festival in Colebrook, and Umbagog Wildlife Festival in Errol to see them; or you may spot moose just about anywhere at dawn and dusk. New Hampshire has five habitats for bird watching; the Great Northern Boreal Forest is a unique habitat with rare birds.
The Connecticut River begins in Pittsburg and feeds into the Connecticut Lakes, where hunting and fishing are first-rate. Enjoy camping, swimming and boating in Lake Umbagog State Park or Coleman State Park. Advanced rafters flock to the Pontook Rapids or the Class II Mollirgewok-to-Brown-Bridge trip.
Thirteen Mile Woods scenic drive has areas to explore on foot. Mount Magalloway offers views of Canada, Maine and Vermont. Woodland Heritage Trail circles north of the White Mountain National Forest. Dramatic Waterfalls in the Great North Woods include Beaver Brook Falls Wayside, Dixville Flume and Huntington Cascades. Jericho Lake State Park has the Jericho Lake ATV Festival.
Visit historic sites such as Dixville (where the first votes in the Presidential Primary are cast), Dixville Notch State Park, Pittsburg-Clarksville Bridge, Happy Corner Bridge, River Road Bridge, Nansen Wayside State Park, Northern Forest Heritage Park, and Boom Piers with River Fire in October. John Wingate Weeks Historic Site atop Mt. Prospect has views of the Presidential Range, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, the upper Connecticut River Valley and the Green Mountains of Vermont. For history with a bit more culture, try The Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center, and St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts.