National Geographic : 1937 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © C. T. Bodwell A PERFECT CLIMAX TO A DAY ON THE HIGHWAYS OR TRAILS In the White Mountain National Forest, comprising about four-fifths of the high mountain area, there are 10 cabin developments and 16 camp grounds open to the public. This fireplace is a feature of the lodge in the spacious State-developed Lafayette Place in Franconia Notch. and 16 camp grounds, where campers find good water, parking facilities, and over whelming views, are open to the public. Eighty-four thousand people used the facilities of the Forest Service alone, in the mountains last year. More than 13,000 campers pitched their tents and remained an average of five days. On the shore of Campton Pond, near the village of Camp ton, is a large recreational area. The lake covers 40 acres and has a 1,200-foot sand beach. The Dolly Copp Forest Camp in Pink ham Notch is the most popular of those under Forest Service jurisdiction. It has a swimming pool and sanitary facilities; winding, landscaped roads lead to picnic grounds and camp sites with tables and outdoor fireplaces. THE FISHERMAN IS NOT FORGOTTEN The Forest Service also stocks the streams for the sportsman with rod and reel, and maintains 26 ski trails aggregat ing some 66 miles. Its white and green signs, marking routes to falls, cascades, and spectacular vistas, are sprinkled generously through the area under its supervision. In the State-owned areas also, signs mark the trails and scenic lanes to outstanding recreational spots. In Crawford Notch, on the Saco River, is the largest of the State reservations. In Franconia Notch, at La fayette Place, the State is developing an elaborate camp ground with open fireplaces, running water, and firewood provided. At Forest Lake, near Whitefield, are accom modations for a cool dip. On the Hemenway Reservation, near Wonalancet, is a camp ground with far reaching views of the Sandwich Range, dominated by the bare, rocky summit of Mount Chocorua, which in shape is a miniature Matterhorn. The hiker is not long on the White Moun tain trails before he becomes aware that he is a beneficiary of the work of the Appa lachian Mountain Club, an organization founded more than sixty years ago. The Club has made many peaks of the White Mountains accessible by maintaining trails and also by establishing huts and shelters. Throughout the high mountain area the huts, managed by rugged combinations of good hosts, good cooks, and good com panions, are but a day's hike apart.