White Mountains Region
Franconia Notch located in Franconia, along with Lincoln, Littleton and Conway tally at just over 17,000 residents and help contribute to the overall population of the White Mountains region.
The White Mountains region is home to hundreds of thousands of tourists each year and extends 87 miles across the northern part of the state and into western Maine. The White Mountains include the tallest peaks in all of the Northeastern United States. The distinct peaks of the 5,000 footers have been named for U.S. presidents and make up the Presidential Range, with the highest point being Mount Washington. The White Mountains invite hikers from the East coast and beyond to visit and experience all that there is to offer. The White Mountains also have alpine huts which offer shelter to weary hikers during their climbs.
Lying in the heart of the White Mountains is the White Mountain National Forest located primarily in New Hampshire and occupying over 780,000 acres in Grafton, Coos and Carroll county and Oxford County in Maine. The White Mountains offer family attractions such as Story Land, Santa’s Village, The Polar Caves, Clark’s Trading Post and Whale’s Tale Water Park, and hiking destinations including the Flume Gorge, and Lost River Gorge. Visitors can ride the Mount Washington Auto Road and experience breathtaking views along the way.
Tourists enjoy participating in winter and summer activities such as skiing or snow shoeing, and camping and hiking. More attractions of the White Mountains can be found at Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch, and within the 34 mile long Kancamagus Highway where you can spot beautiful wildlife, walk the hiking trails and swim in the raging river.
The Old Man of the Mountain, also known as the Great Stone Face or Profile, was a meaningful mark to native New Hampshire folks and tourists alike who enjoyed the opportunity to spot the rock formation, when approaching Profile Lake in Franconia. Since the collapse in 2003, a memorial has been created including a plaque and a designated viewing spot of where the Man used to sit.
Many houses in the White Mountains are vacation homes as the percent of homes foreclosed is on the rise. Furthermore, poverty levels are at 5.9% with great economic dependence on annual tourism.