TWIN MOUNTAIN-BRETTON WOODS AREA SPRING/SUMMER/FALL ACTIVITIES
The beauty of spring, summer, and fall in the White Mountains of New England is an experience that creates memories to last a lifetime. You can enjoy incredible scenery, epic sunsets, refreshing mountain breezes, and the amazing alpine flowers that dot the landscape with their vibrant colors.
If you’re more active than most, perhaps you could enjoy a hike on one of the dozens of nearby trails. Or, if you’ve got a more relaxing and restful vacation in mind, there’s no better place than Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods to kick back, unwind, and take in the sights!
Additionally, we are on the famous 100 mile loop with scenic byways all around us. Enjoy a scenic drive thru Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch. Take a hike up Arethusa Falls or take pictures at the water falls in Crawford Notch. The scenic foliage splendor changes with each view and corner you drive.
Appalachian Mountain Club
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Free guided hikes and programs available at the Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Workshops for all levels from beginner to expert and guided backcountry tours.
2050 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Visit the oldest continually running theatre in the US just 7 miles West on Rt 302. For movies, live shows, and information, call or visit our website. Open May - October.
Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge
Access from Rte. 115
Jefferson, NH 03583
Nature Walks & Bird Watching -
The Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge has often been called a "crown jewel" of New Hampshire's landscape. The ponds, wetlands, and forests of this refuge support a wide variety of significant ecological features. Home to countless species of birds and other animals, this refuge offers a terrific opportunity for one to truly connect with nature!
The Rocks Estate and Tree Farm
4 Christmas Lane
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Hayrides at The Rocks Estate! Take part in a great New England tradition. From the warm summer afternoons to the crisp days of fall, nothing says New England like a traditional hayride! Enjoy a bit of Yankee charm as you take in the mountain scenery in a way you just can’t experience from the roads or trails. Great for families and also a romantic escape for couples! Custom tours available. The Rocks Estate is a great venue for weddings and events.
The Stables at Omni Mount Washington Resort
310 Mt. Washington Hotel Rd.
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Enjoy scenic trail rides spring, summer and fall, as well as seasonal carriage and sleigh rides.
Twin Mountain Fish Hatchery
Whitefield, NH 03598
Stop by and see the trout the Fish and Game Department
will be stocking in local rivers and ponds.
Sore after a long day of activities or just want to relax? Experience a deep tissue or relaxation massage from a licensed massage therapist. Depending on your goals, it can be geared strictly toward relaxation or toward resolving a specific issue through deep tissue massage or somewhere in between! Call, message on FB, or email for an appointment
For golf enthusiasts, Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods is the ideal place to go to get away from it all! Enjoy a week or weekend stay and play a round at each of the area’s four top-notch courses. Take a lesson from club professionals or simply get out there and enjoy the scenery while you hit the links.
BETHLEHEM COUNTRY CLUB
Donald Ross designed – 5756 yds – Men’s Par 70 – Course rating 68.8 and slope 121. Lessons, 18 holes. View courses or call 603-869-5745 for more information.
MAPLEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
Donald Ross designed – 6001 yds – 5013 yds from red tees. Men’s Par 72 – Course rating 67.2 and slope 109. Women’s par 71 – Course rating 68.8, slope 113. 18 holes. View courses or call 603-869-3335 for more information.
OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT GOLF
Donald Ross designed – Mt. Washington Course, 18 holes, Par 71 – 6638 yds. Mt. Pleasant Course, 9 holes, Par 35. Lessons. View courses or call 603-278-4653 for more information.
THE WAUMBEK GOLF CLUB
Oldest 18 hole course in NH – heart-stopping views on every hole – Par 71 – 6128 yds – Course rating 69.9 – Slope 107. View courses or call 603-586-7777 for more information.
Experience what it’s like to see one of nature’s greatest giants in their natural habitat. According to NH Fish & Game, the state’s moose population is approximately 6,500. Most of those animals live in the northern, more rural parts of New Hampshire, and the White Mountain National Forest is one place you’re sure to find them!
Below is a list of popular moose watching spots in the area.
“Moose Alley” – This is the term the locals use for the area that stretches from the Route 3 and I-93 junction near Franconia Notch all the way to Bartlett Village on Route 302, some 30 miles south of Twin Mountain-Bretton Woods. Much of these roadways border the White Mountain National Forest. In these thousands of protected acres moose are abundant, especially in the spring and fall.
Route 115 – taking a right onto Route 115 from Route 3 to the end of the road at Route 2 in Jefferson, NH
Mt. Clinton Road – Located just north of the gateway of Crawford Notch and Saco Lake, Mt. Clinton Road passes through the White Mountain National Forest and connects with the Base Road about halfway in from Route 302. A loop can be made by using all three of these roads. For more adventurous drivers with durable vehicles, Jefferson Notch Road (which also junctions with the Base Road and Mt. Clinton Road at a four-way intersection) provides a fun and scenic ride on the road that reaches the highest elevation of any maintained road in the state, topping out at around 3,000 feet above sea level. This is not maintained in winter.
Zealand Road – This road, which leaves 302 a couple miles south/east of the intersection of 3 and 302, is another great moose watching area. Look for signs for Zealand Campground and turn up the road.
Moose watching tips: Moose are most active in the spring, when they attempt to put on weight lost during the lean winter, and in the fall, when male moose – or bulls – are in rut season and are seeking to mate. The times of day you’re most likely to see a moose are dawn and dusk. Look for moose in wet, boggy areas near the road. If you see a moose, DO NOT get too close or try to approach it. View from a safe distance and remember that moose have been known to charge humans if they feel threatened. Watch for moose all the time while driving. Their behavior when facing an oncoming car is very unpredictable, and they can often run out of – but then back into – the path of your vehicle.
Take a tour of the White Mountains via the Kancamagus Highway, one of the nation’s most spectacular scenic byways! The directions are simple and the trip is truly unforgettable, at any time of year.
Follow Route 3 west out of Twin Mountain for about 10 miles until you come to I-93. Take I-93 south through Franconia Notch. The views are spectacular, and include such famous sites as the former location of the Old Man of the Mountains, the Flume Gorge, and Cannon Mountain. After the Notch, take Route 112 east – also called the Kancamagus Highway. (Pronunciations vary, but it’s generally regarded as “kank-ah-mah-gus!”) Follow this road for about 30 miles until you come to Bear Notch Road, which leaves on the left. (There are many, many terrific sights to see along the way, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time for this part of the trip!) Bear Notch Road will take you into the Town of Bartlett in about 10 miles. When you come to the intersection with Route 302, take a left, heading west. (Watch for moose along the way!) Route 302 will bring you back to Twin Mountain in approximately 15 miles.
Whether basking in the warmth of an afternoon summer sun, gazing at the vibrant colors of an autumn forest, or rising to the challenge of a winter ascent, hikers of all ages and ability levels are sure to find a new favorite place in the White Mountains. Hiking information can be found at the US Forest Service Hike Safe website.
MT. JEFFERSON (5715′)
(2.4 miles – 2 hr. 40 min.) Trail starts at height of land on Jefferson Notch Road and ascends the west slope of Mt. Jefferson. Timberline is reached in half an hour. From there, steep grade and rocky terrain lead to a panoramic view of the northern Presidential Range.
MT. WASHINGTON (6288′)
(Jewell Trail 4.6 miles – 3 hr. 55 min.) Trail begins at the Cog Railway base station. Winding and zigzagging through rugged forest, the trail works its way up to the north shoulder of Mt. Washington and from there on to the summit. Alpine shrubs and flowers. At the summit are a cafeteria, gift shop, post office and museum.
LAKES OF THE CLOUDS (5050′)
(Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail 2.5 miles – 2 hr. 45 min.) Trail starts at Cog Railway base station. Following the Ammonoosuc River, the trail passes the base of the Ammonoosuc Ravine, then the steep trail ascends to the lakes. May continue from lakes to Mt. Washington summit.
MT. EISENHOWER (4761′)
(Edmand’s Path 3.2 miles – 2 hr. 40 min.) Trail leads from the east side of Mt. Clinton Road to the summit of Mt. Eisenhower. One of the easier trails up onto the Presidential Range. An excellent view of Bretton Woods Valley.
CRAWFORD NOTCH to SUMMIT of MT. WASHINGTON
(Crawford Path 8.2 miles – 6 hr.) Trail begins directly across from the former site of the Crawford House on Route 302. A more demanding hike offering rewarding views. The trail crosses the entire southern Presidential Range. 5 miles of the path lies above the timberline.
MT. WILLARD (2804′)
(Mt. Willard Trail 1.4 miles – 1 hr. 10 min.) Excellent short hike. Trail starts at the old Crawford House Railroad Station opposite Saco Lake. An easy grade up an old carriage road leads to a spectacular view of Crawford Notch.
MT. WEBSTER (3910′)
(Webster-Jackson Trail 2.5 miles – 2 hr. 15 min.) Trail begins behind road camp by Saco Lake in Crawford Notch. The steepness of this trail varies as it skirts the top of Webster Cliff. Breathtaking view of Crawford Notch.
AMMONOOSUC FALLS (upper Falls)
(Bridle Path 1.4 miles – 45 min.) Beginning at the Mt. Washington Hotel tennis courts, the path follows the river through evergreen forest and joins an old railroad bed which leads to the falls. This series of cascades through a narrow gorge is one of the area’s most interesting natural features.
(Zealand Trail 2.7 miles – 1 hr. 30 min.) Starting at the end of Zealand Road, the trail rises gently on an old railroad bed leading to open meadows teeming with wildlife. At the far end of the valley lies Zealand Pond, Zealand Falls and the AMC Zealand Falls hut.
CHERRY MOUNTAIN (3554′)
(Black Brook Trail 5.4 miles – 3 hr. 10 min.) Trail begins half a mile west of Zealand Campground on Route 302. Easy through hardwood forest. Summit offers beautiful view of Presidential Range.
(Sugarloaf Trail 1.2 miles – 1 hr. 30 min.) Trail starts 1 mile up Zealand Road at bridge over Zealand River. Going through open hardwoods, the trail splits between Middle and North Sugarloaf. Bear left to Middle Sugarloaf for better view.