The White Mountains National Forest
Hiking - Hiking in and around Waterville Valley is like few things you've ever experienced. There are seven 4,000-foot peaks that form a near-perfect bowl around Waterville Valley. Within that bowl you'll find over 100 miles of well-marked trails for every level of stamina and sense of exploration, all maintained by the Waterville Valley Athletic and Improvement Association.
Waterfalls - The White Mountain National Forest is home to a long list of awe-inspiring waterfalls, many of which are just a short trek away from Waterville Valley. Trails to the falls vary in length and difficulty, with hike/walk times as short as five minutes to as long as eight hours for prepared and brave adventurers.
Greeley Ponds - A popular hiking destination, you’ll find these pristine ponds at the end of a moderate, well maintained trail through the White Mountain National Forest.
Fishing - Step out of the fast lane and step into the Mad River or Corcoran's Pond for some backcountry fly fishing. The short trip to Greeley Ponds or Flat Mountain Pond should satisfy the more experienced fisherman.
Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves - Since 1853, thousands of guests of all ages have marveled at the beauty, mystery, and tranquility of Lost River Gorge. (Lincoln, NH; Exit 32) Approximate Drive 40 minutes
Canon Mountain Ariel Tramway - The 80-passenger aerial tramway whisks you above timberline to the 4,200-foot summit for outstanding views of the White Mountains and into Maine, Vermont and even Canada. (Franconia, NH; Exit 34B) Approximate Drive 50 minutes
Flume Gorge - The Flume Gorge offers a 2-mile self-guided spectacular walk through a natural chasm, over covered bridges and past waterfalls, a scenic pool and mountain views. (Franconia, NH; Exit 34A) Approximate Drive 50 minutes
Old Man of the Mountain Historical Site & Franconia Notch - Home of the Old Man of the Mountains, set above Profile Lake is this natural stone profile, the symbol for New Hampshire. Also in the Park: Flume Gorge, Echo Lake, the Basin waterfall, Aerial Tramway, hike & bike paths & campground. (Franconia, NH; Exit 34B) Approximate Drive 50 minutes
Mount Washington Cog Railway - Ride to the top of Mt. Washington on the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway! This round trip journey is New England's most unique vacation experience. (Bretton Woods, NH; Exit 35) Approximate Drive 65 minutes
Mount Washington Auto Road - Don’t want to take the train drive the road on the opposite side of the mountain in either your own vehicle or take a guided bus ride. (Bretton Woods, NH: Exit 35) Approximate Drive 65 minutes