Built on the site of the historic Crawford House hotel and nestled at the southern base of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch, the Highland Center is our premier White Mountain lodge.
Meeting space available
Electric car charging station
Complimentary gear rental
No dogs overnight
Private rooms available
AMC’s Highland Center offers comfortable, friendly accommodations in one of the most accessible locations in the White Mountains. There’s no need to drive to the southern Presidential peaks when you’re staying at the base of Crawford Path, and our hiker shuttle makes it easy to get to other popular White Mountain destinations without worrying about spotting a car or finding a parking spot.
Following our full buffet breakfast, adventure out for a day in the White Mountains. Return to the lodge for a hearty, home-cooked dinner and settle in for a lively conversation by the fireplace or a quiet evening in your private room. In addition to the included meal service, the Highland Center also offers complimentary activities, including guided day hikes to nearby scenic destinations, instructional talks on outdoor skills or natural history, and in-depth evening programs featuring films and guest speakers presenting on topics from astronomy to winter hiking. Guests should call ahead for the daily schedule during their stay.
Highland Center guests have free use of the L.L.Bean Gear Room, which offers boots, backpacks, outerwear, snowshoes, and more. Our on-site retail store offers books, maps, AMC apparel, gear, USFS parking passes, and last-minute items, and our friendly staff are always available to assist with weather, trail conditions, and other information.
The Macomber Family Information Center, open during the summer and fall, is located in the historic Crawford Depot, a former train station renovated by the AMC. The information center houses interpretive displays, an information desk, and a small gift shop that stocks last-minute hiker supplies, guidebooks, and souvenir items. An excursion train runs periodically when Crawford Depot is open.
The Highland Center also houses the official AMC Library and Archives, with thousands of documents, maps, photographs, and other items dating back as far as the organization’s founding in 1876.
Our Commitment to Sustainable Operations
AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges, and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. At Highland Center we compost food scraps. Highland Center also has a solar panel for some electricity needs, composting toilets in Thayer Hall, fixtures that minimize light pollution, and a wood boiler, fueled by sustainable and locally-sourced firewood, for heat and hot water.