Area Activities

Explore the Local Activities

Wildcat offers so much, but combine that with our valley. You have an amazing vacation waiting for you!

The Mount Washington Valley, Town of North Conway, and the White Mountain National Forest surround Wildcat & Attitash Mountains. Waterfalls, hiking, amusement parks, fantastic restaurants and town festivals can be experienced year-round.

Below please find a list of activities in our surrounding areas.

Be sure to call to confirm hours, direction, and details which may be subject to change.
 
Attitash Summer

The #1 ski town in America and it is in our backyard!

Nestled within the scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire and only minutes away from Attitash & Wildcat Resorts is the iconic New England town of North Conway. North Conway is approximately 20 minutes east from both Attitash and Wildcat Mountains along Route 16/302.

North Conway has long been associated as a top New England destination in both the winter and summer months. National and Global publications have taken noticed and within the last few years North Conway has received some wonderful accolades.

Visitors off the slopes can explore the town's unique and beautiful New England charm. North Conway is home to a historic downtown featuring a beautiful town green Schuler Park highlighted by the iconic North Conway Scenic Train Station that used to be home to the Ski Train from Boston! Small shops, restaurants, and galleries surround the center where shoppers can find unique gifts, souvenirs and more at stores like Zeb's Country Store, The Penguin and The Funky Bubble.

Also located in downtown is the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center. A wonderful spot for both young and old as guests can view some of the research and photos from the scientists located on top Mount Washington's 6000' + summit. On certain days visitors can also speak to the scientists via a video feed directly into the Discovery Center.

Tax-Free Shopping at Settlers Green

Settlers Green opened in 1988 just as outlet shopping was taking off. The words North Conway and "outlet shopping" soon became synonymous in the New England region. Settlers Green is home to Coach Factory, Banana Republic Factory, Under Armour Factory, Nike Factory, J. Crew Factory and more.

Food, Drink, Pizza & Ice Cream!

North Conway has a variety of restaurants, small bistro's, unique coffee shop cafes & and a wonderful selection of roadside ice cream parlors and pizzerias for the kids. Locally grown vegetables, meats, and cheese can often be found in some of the area's top restaurants that take pride in farm to table dishes. White Mountain Cupcakery, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Lickety Splitz, Spoons, and Ben & Jerry's also provide all the sweet tooth items you can imagine. Stop by Zeb's or the 5 & 10 for candy too.

Popular après ski stops and "watering holes" include Horsefeathers right in downtown as well as Delaney's Hole in the Wall, Moat Mountain Brewery, and May Kelley's!

Peaches, Frontside Coffee Roasters, The Met, and Sunrise Cafe all make for perfect breakfast stops.

Local Trails & Scenic Spots

Outside of North Conway's downtown you can find a number of trail heads and scenic spots. East West Road provides access to Cathedral Ledge, Echo Lake and Dana's Bath.

Along North South Road you can find Pudding Pond & Redstone Trail Heads that provide great access to a number of easy to moderate hikes and New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) maintained trails.

Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Our local Chamber of Commerce is a great spot to stop in to find maps, brochures and other attractions within our region. The office is located right in downtown North Conway across the street from the Conway Scenic Railway & Schuler Park.

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Camping

You can choose a family-friendly or rv-friendly campground near your favorite attraction, a backcountry tent site or a White Mountain National Forest Campground site.

Glen Ellis Campground
Jct. 16 & 302, Glen, NH

Saco River Camping Area
Route 16, North Conway, NH 03860

Beach Camping Area
Route 16, North Conway, NH 03860

Crawford Notch Campground & General Store
1138 US Route 302, Hart's Location, NH 03812

Attitash Summer

Golf the Mount Washington Valley

Every year more visitors discover that New Hampshire is an outstanding golf vacation destination.

North Conway Country Club
76 Norcross Circle (next to RR station), North Conway Village, NH

Hale's Location
87 Fairway Drive, Hales Location, NH

Wentworth Golf Club
153 Main Street, Jackson, NH

Eagle Mountain House & Golf Course
179 Carter Notch Road, Jackson, NH

Attitash Summer

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoe touring or kayaking during medium or low water periods in summer can be enjoyed by almost everyone. A number of canoe shops in the area offer rentals and guided trips, and will generally transport your canoe/kayak directly to put-ins and arrange to pick you up at trip’s end; some shops also offer canoe camping options and tube rentals.

Saco River Tubing Center
558 White Mountain Highway, Conway, NH 03818

Saco Valley Canoe
1734 East Main Street, Center Conway 03813

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Route 16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham 03581

Northern Extremes Canoe & Kayak
1946 White Mtn. Highway, North Conway, NH

Saco Bound Outdoors
Rt. 302, Center Conway, NH

Attitash Summer

Scenic Drives

Make sure you see all there is to see during your drive through our majestic Valley! It's worth it to pull over for Mt. Washington Valley's waterfalls and covered bridges!

Route 16, Pinkham Notch

The Mt. Washington Valley carves its way through part of the 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest. These lifelines of pavement twist and turn through Pinkham Notch, taking you to Gorham and Jefferson, where some of the best recreation and attractions live, such as Great Glen Trails and the Mt Washington Auto Road, Santa's Village, Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel and Raft NH, Moose Tours, Wildcat Mountain, with not only great Alpine Skiing, but ziplines in the summer and more! Pinkham Notch can loop back and connect with Crawford Notch at 3 points, route 16 in Gorham, the junction of route 2 and 115 in Jefferson and route 3 in Lancaster. It all just depends on how leisurely you want your scenic drive to be!

Route 302, Crawford Notch

Take another approach and drive through Crawford Notch, taking you up to the historic hotel, the Omni Mt. Washington Resort. Take a ride up Mt. Washington On The Cog Railway, the oldest Cog or "Rack" railway in the world, allowing you to see views out to the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. Don't pass the Willey House without stopping in and saying "hello" and learning the story behind the saying "that gives me the willeys!" Further up Crawford Notch brings you up to Twin Mountain and route 93 taking you up through Bethlehem and eventually Vermont and Canada.

Route 112, Kancamagus Highway

If you want to blend in with the locals or really impress them, take a drive through the Kancamagus Highway - and pronounce it correctly! Many think it's said Kanc-ah-mang-kis, but that's a common mistake! Don't be fooled, there is no second "N" and is simply stated, Kanc-ah-mah-gus Highway! There are two routes you can take, the Conway to the Kanc route is all about short views, gorges and waterfalls. The Bartlett to Bear Notch route holds wide scenic vistas and big mountains. Either way you take, you will find great hikes and swimming holes. Be aware that the Bear Notch route is closed in the Winter, but rest assured, that just opens the door for great snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing trails! If you continue on the Kanc you will eventually hit route 93 and Franconia Notch State Park.