White Mountain National Forest Memorial Day
Campton, NH May 25, 2021—Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season. If your holiday plans include a visit to the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) officials urge visitors to be prepared. “We welcome visitors to get out and enjoy their National Forest,” said White Mountain National Forest Supervisor Derek Ibarguen. “When planning a camping trip, hike, or scenic drive, we encourage everyone to recreate safely.”
Many visitors are seeking outdoor adventure, some for the first time. Because the safety of our employees and the public remains paramount, the WMNF reminds visitors to recreate responsibly and safely on Memorial Day weekend, and throughout the remainder of the year by following our recreation tips.
- Before venturing out for a hike check the weather forecast for the area you are planning to visit and hikeSafe. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Check the https://hikesafe.com website for safety information and helpful tips. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike.
- If you arrive and find trailhead parking areas overflowing onto the highway, then the hiking trail will be crowded. Visitors are encouraged to make another plan and look for a less crowded parking area.
- If you pack it in, please pack it out. Take everything you bring in back home with you and Leave no Trace.
- Most of the WMNF campgrounds are open for the summer. Check at one of the ranger stations to confirm that your destination is open.
- Remember campgrounds are in forested environments and may attract bears. Read the rules and signs about bears posted at campgrounds and trailheads and follow the instructions on how to properly store food. Free bear canister rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis at our offices and visitor centers. Feeding bears, intentionally or unintentionally is prohibited!
Remember, the memories created during your trip to the White Mountain National Forest should make you smile. Be safe, think ahead, and enjoy this beautiful Forest.