Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.

Pinkham Notch

South from the foot of the Mount Washington Auto Road, Route 16 passes through Pinkham Notch, a mostly undeveloped stretch of the White Mountains lined by forests and a few ski areas. About four miles south of the Auto Road is the area’s outdoorsy Grand Central Station: the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Operated by the venerable Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the year-round trailhead facility offers topographical maps, guidebooks, weather updates, and precautionary advice, as well as limited gear. The camp also offers snacks, a cafeteria, a 24-hour hikers’ pack room with bathrooms and showers, scheduled shuttle van service, and the Joe Dodge Lodge (603/466-2727, about $67 and up per person for bed and board), a modern hostel with shared bunk rooms, a few private doubles, and great views from the library.

Joe Dodge Lodge