Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
Guided tours
No
ADA accessible
No
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Tucked in the farthest northern corner of New Hampshire is a rural, forested area known as Moose Alley. The small town of Pittsburg and surrounding area provide a gas station, a few restaurants, and several campgrounds and cabins to stay in. One of the big attractions to the Great North Woods region is the opportunity and likelihood to see moose, as thousands of moose call these quiet woodlands home. Moose Alley is generally known to be the approximately 12-mile section of highway north of Pittsburg to the Canadian border. In this very scenic area you’ll see beautiful views and, potentially, moose right from your car as well as from the picnic areas, pull-offs, and boat launches along Route 3. Just be sure to drive slowly because you won’t want to miss a moose sighting, and you won’t want to hit one either! Although the best time for seeing moose is commonly thought to be around sunrise and sunset, moose have been seen in this area at all times of day, as well as on other nearby roads.

Explore the Moose Alley Trail, Falls in the River Trail, or any of the numerous ATV and snowmobile trails and stop off at each of the Connecticut Lakes. With boat rentals available at various businesses, you can take your moose search onto the water and get some fishing in at the same time. Remember that moose are large and potentially dangerous animals, so if you do encounter one, keep your distance or stay in your vehicle. They may become irritated by dogs as well as camera sounds and flashes, so try to keep quiet and enjoy watching them without disturbing them. In addition to moose, look for deer, wild turkeys, and other wildlife.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Roadside wildlife viewing. Scenic views. Lakes for paddling.

Cons

Long stretch of highway with few amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Wildlife
Fishing
Big Game Watching
Bird watching
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Great North Woods + Lakes Region, New Hampshire
Great North Woods + Lakes Region, New Hampshire

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