Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains
The AMC maintains more than 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail, including 105.4 miles in the White Mountains and the Mahoosucs. 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.
Resources for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains
- hikeSafe: Hiker Responsibility Code in the WMNF
- AMC White Mountain Huts
- AMC White Mountain Backcountry Campsites
- Backcountry Campsite FAQs
- AMC Hiker Shuttle to AT Trailheads
- Thru-Hiker’s Guide to the Whites (PDF, 325 KB)
- Tips for Thru-Hikers
- Appalachian Trail FAQs
- Volunteer Opportunities in the White Mountains
- Services and Supplies for Thru-Hikers
- AMC Appalachian Pass Thru-Hiker Program
AT Guidebooks and Maps
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.