Information about the AT in the White Mountains
The AMC maintains 112 miles of the Appalachian Trail. This area begins at Route 112 in Kinsman Notch, in NH, and ends in Grafton Notch, in Maine. The White Mountain National Forest and the Randolph Mountain Club maintain approximately 10 miles, which include the Crawford Path and the Gulf Side Trails.
The AMC maintains 14 backcountry shelter and tentsite locations in the White Mountains and the Mahoosucs on or near the AT; there is a caretaker and a fee is charged at 9 of these sites during the peak summer season. These fees help to offset the cost of maintaining the site, maintaining the trail, and composting human waste to protect backcountry resources, including drinking water sources. Fees collected cover only about two-thirds of these costs.. These sites are operated on a first-come, first-served basis, although groups of six or more are encouraged to use our group notification system for planning their trips during busy periods.
AMC also operates eight backcountry huts in the White Mountains, each a day hike apart on the Appalachian Trail, which offer breakfast, dinner, and bunks in summer months. Each are operated "off the grid" using alternative energy and sustainable operating principles. AMC's Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, located on the AT in Pinkham Notch, also offers overnight accommodations, meals, a store with guidebooks, maps, essential gear, and an information center.
The following resources will help make your experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail both safe and rewarding.
Thru-Hiker's Guide to the Whites (PDF, 325 KB)
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy publishes a comprehensive series of guidebooks and maps of the entire Appalachian Trail. Thru-hikers will also want to consider the Appalachian Thru-Hikers Companion, published by the Appalachian Long Distance Hiker's Association. AT guidebooks are available through the AMC Store, AMC retail locations, the ATC, outdoor retailers and other booksellers.
Thru-hikers interested in detailed maps and guides to the AT in the White Mountains may want to consider our AMC White Mountain Trail Guides and Maps or sign up for White Mountain Guide Online.