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Formidable Terrains Of New Hampshire

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are the definition of rugged and unpredictable. If you crave that challenge, visit one of the most difficult parts of the Appalachian Trail here in New Hampshire.

Much of the 117-mile portion of the trail through the White Mountains is above the timberline, meaning the weather could change at any time, and high winds, fog and snow are always a possibility. Come well prepared, and do not expect to cover more than 5 to 8 miles per day.

For some of the state’s best fall foliage, go through the mountains and valleys along a 44-mile stretch of the trail between the White Mountains and the Vermont border. And if you must drive through this most rugged and determined of states, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway and its leaf-inspired traffic jams await you. Enjoy your stay!

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