Posted by: Jack Spratt | September 26, 2009

Memories of Whitefield in the North Woods of New Hampshire

It’s a splendid time to visit and explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire as the fall foliage in the Great North Woods is stunning. This is a quieter area than around the Mount Washington valley but every bit as scenic.

My personal memories of destinations in this area extend further north and to the west – Whitefield in Coos County. Here you’ll find lakes and woods and resorts such as the Mountain View Grand and Inns such as the Barron Brook Inn who have a list on their web site of places to explore in Whitefield.

The village of Whitefield is classic New England with small shops and friendly country folk willing to take time out to talk. There is nothing rushed here and the crisp mountain air in the fall invites hikes to catch the foliage in New Hampshire’s Great North Woods.

Easy walks from the surrounding towns range from the 5-minutes treks to the waterfall at Pond Brook Falls in village of Stark to a 1.5-mile wildlife viewing trail at the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson. For the more adventurous there is the 6.7-mile loop trail at North Percy Peak on the doorstep of Whitefield.

Whitefield is still within striking distance of attractions such as Cannon Mountain and the Flume Gorge and Bretton Woods where you can take the cog railway to the top of the Presidential Range. But my advice is to save those for another trip and instead relax and do your touring around Coos County.

While I don’t ride horses or play golf I understand both these activities are available at the Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa, and for things unusual then you can take a Moose Tour at Dan’s Scenic Tours or let Summit Scenic Flights in Lancaster fly you through the notches.

To me the Great North Woods of New Hampshire is all about getting back to nature and so when I visited I spent my time exploring this section of the White Mountains and with Dixville Notch and the Berlin are available you really can get “lost” in this area. If you’re into wildlife then this article covers locations for best bird watching in New Hampshire in this area and the area has some great fishing spots as well.

If you decide to visit the North woods then you can find more information here: www.northnh.com

You can tell them Jack sent you but they won’t know who the heck you’re talking about but I love confusing people don’t you?

Jack “the Spratt” Boy

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