Fun Facts of The White Mountains

Moose Population

Precise numbers are hard to come by as the population is not completely stationary. It is estimated that New Hampshire is home to roughly 3,500 moose with the highest population concentration in the northern part of the state which includes the White Mountains.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Moose

Here is a scene which show a moose that blends in nicely with the forest. You need to be very observant to see one as even though they are big and beautiful animals they are also good at hiding.

Moose are often seen in the White Mountain area. They are regularly seen in swampy or wet areas near roads.

The Largest Lake

Conway Lake is the largest lake in the immediate White Mountains area. It is a 1,316-acre (5 square km) body of water body. The maximum depth is 45 feet (14 m). The lake is located in Carroll County in eastern New Hampshire and spans the towns of Conway and Eaton, just to the east of the White Mountains. The lake is part of the Saco River watershed.

Fun Facts of The White Mountains - Largest Lake

Conway Lake Beach is located on Mill Street in Center Conway, NH. Conway Lake Beach offers a beach with swimming as well as a public boat launch. Parking is available across the street from the beach.

4K Peaks

The state of New Hampshire has forty-eight 4,000 footer mountains. Most of these 4K peaks are located in the White Mountains. A 4,000 footer is a mountain that has an elevation of at least 4,000 feet and a minimum of 200-foot prominence. All criteria are determined by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

White Mountains Fun Facts - 4K Peaks
Mountain Prominence

In topography, prominence measures the height of a mountain or hill’s summit relative to the lowest point between it and the next hill or mountain. In a sense, it is a measure of the independence of a summit.

Prominence is interesting to many mountaineers because it is an objective measurement that is strongly correlated with the subjective significance of a summit.

Mt Washington has the largest prominence in the White Mountains at 6,148 feet (source: In fact, Mt Washington is the most topographically prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.

WOW! That’s a fun fact.

White Mountains Fun Facts - 4K Peaks

White Mountains Hiking Achievements

You can earn a hiking patch for hiking all 48 of the New Hampshire 4,000 Footers. The fine set of mountains is also known as the New Hampshire 48 or sometimes even just the NH48.

Highest Waterfall in New Hampshire

Arethusa Falls, at 160+ feet in one continuous drop, is New Hampshire’s tallest waterfall! It is located in the White Mountains, on Route 302 in the small town of Livermore. There is a beautiful hiking trail of about 1.5 miles that will bring you to the base of the waterfall.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Highest Waterfall

Seen from The Mt Washington Summit

Did you know that you can see five states, two countries, and one ocean from the summit of Mt Washington? On a clear day, you will be able to see The Atlantic Ocean, Canada and the United States, and the states of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Mt Washington Summit

You can see a distance of 130 miles.

WOW! What a view!

Fastest (and most breathtaking) Ascent of Mt Washington

The fastest climb up the Mt. Washington Auto Road was done by Travis Pastrana in 2017. His race up the Mount Washington Auto Road was done in just 5 minutes, 44.72 seconds from the base to the summit. Below is a video shot using multiple cameras. A fun video indeed!

White Mountains Fun Facts - Mt Washington Auto Road

Photo Credit: Mt Washington Valley Chamber – flickr

Travis Pastrana Record Run Up Mt Washington Video:

Steam Powered Cars

The first steam-powered car climbed Mt Washington in 1899. It was a Stanley Steamer and driven by none other than Mr. Stanley himself along with his wife, Flora. This was also the first time an automobile had climbed Mt Washington. It took two hours.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Stanley Steamer

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Jay Leno also climbed to the top of Mt Washington in 2017 in a Stanley Steamer! His Stanley Steamer now qualifies for the popular bumper sticker “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington”.

The Presidentials

There are 13 White Mountains Peaks named after United States Presidents.

White Mountains Fun Facts - The Presidentials

Photo credit: Mt Washington Valley Chamber – flickr

The peaks are:

  • Mount Webster — after Daniel Webster
  • Mt. Jackson — after Charles Thomas Jackson (19th-century geologist)
  • Mt. Pierce — after Franklin Pierce (formerly Mt. Clinton — after DeWitt Clinton)
  • Mt. Eisenhower — after Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mt. Franklin — after Benjamin Franklin (Note that Benjamin Franklin never became president.)
  • Mt. Monroe — after James Monroe
  • Mt. Washington — after George Washington (George Washington was a general at the time of the  naming, and only later became president.)
  • Mt. Clay — after Henry Clay (The State of New Hampshire changed the name to Mt. Reagan after Ronald Reagan; the U.S. government still recognizes the Mt Clay name.)
  • Mt. Jefferson — after Thomas Jefferson
  • Mt. Sam Adams — after Samuel Adams
  • Mt. Adams — after John Adams
  • Mt. Quincy Adams — after John Quincy Adams
  • Mt. Madison — after James Madison

The Northern Lights

In certain conditions, you can see the Arora Borealis from the Summit of Mt Washington.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Northern Lights

Bretton Woods Monetary System

In 1944, a very significant conference was held at the world-famous Bretton Woods Hotel at the base of Mt Washington. It was a fitting location. Under the Bretton Woods agreement, countries promised that their central banks would maintain fixed exchange rates between their currencies and the dollar.

 White Mountains Fun Facts - Mt Washington Hotel 1944

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The purpose of the Bretton Woods meeting was to set up a new system of rules, regulations, and procedures for the major economies of the world to ensure their economic stability. To do this, Bretton Woods established The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

A Mountain Railway

The world’s first mountain cog railway was the Mount Washington Cog Railway. It carried its first fare-paying passengers in 1868. The track was completed to reach the summit of Mount Washington in 1869.

White Mountains Fun Facts - Cog Railway

Photo credit: Mt Washington Valley Chamber – flickr

White Mountains Fun Facts - Cog Railway

Photo credit: Mt Washington Valley Chamber – flickr

We hope you enjoyed this list of Fun Facts of The White Mountains. We know you will enjoy your visit to the White Mountains of New Hampshire.