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White Mountains Trail Driving Tour

The White Mountains Trail is a circular tour that incorporates varying topography, mountain and river views, a variety of vegetation areas from ledge to wetland and woodland, 18th and 19th century buildings and historic sites, and some of the grandest scenery in the eastern United States. Throughout its length, it is close to or passes through the 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest.

Parts of the trail have been utilized by travelers for centuries. In the early 19th century, landscape painter Thomas Cole and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne drew attention to the White Mountains. Soon visitors seeking wilderness adventure and glorious scenery began to arrive in significant numbers. Many vistas we admire today long the White Mountains Trail are little changed since that then.

The Trail Before starting, set your odometer to zero; mileage points of interest are shown in parentheses. The Trail is a loop, so you can start your tour anywhere along its length. The descriptions following are starting at the White Mountains visitors center in Lincoln, NH.

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