Moose in the Forest - White Mountains New Hampshire img
 Moose in the Forest - White Mountains New Hampshire

The Best Place to See a Moose in New Hampshire (Plus Maps)

February 10,2022 - By: D. Chandler -

The American Moose is a magnificent animal and we are fortunate to have moose in the State of New Hampshire.  You may be wondering where is the best place to see a moose in New Hampshire.

Top Places to See a Moose in New Hampshire

  1. Route 16 between Milan and Errol (Click for Map)
  2. Route 26 between Errol to Dixfield Notch  (Click for Map)
  3. Route 26 between Errol to the Maine Border (Click for Map)
  4. Kancamagus Highway between Conway to Sugar Hill Scenic Vista (Click for Map)
  5. Route 16 between Jackson to Gorham (Click for Map)
  6. Route 3 between Franconia Notch to Twin Mountain (Click for Map)
  7. Route 110 between Berlin to Groveton (Click for Map)
  8. Route 112 between Lincoln to Bath (Click for Map)
  9. Route 3 between Pittsburg to Canadian Border (Click for Map)
  10. Route 16 Errol to Maine Border (Click for Map)

These are some of the best places in New Hampshire to see a moose in their natural habitat.  When you first see a moose, it will be a very exciting experience.  People of all ages will enjoy the adventure to find the elusive moose.

Bull Moose Licking His Chops for Twigs and Buds img
 Bull Moose Licking His Chops for Twigs and Buds

Where Do Moose Live in New Hampshire

Moose can be found in all counties in the state.  Moose enjoy large areas of undeveloped land where there are wetlands, ponds, bogs and areas of young growth forests.  Therefore, the highest concentration of moose in New Hampshire is the White Mountains and The Great North Woods (Region North of the White Mountains to the Canadian Border).

Like the White Mountains, The Great North Woods has large tracks of land where moose can thrive.  The highest number of moose in the state is in The Great North Woods.  Much of this land is owned by paper companies and is undeveloped.

In these areas, moose can find an abundance of food and roam the region where they have limited human interactions. 

What Do Moose Eat

Moose are herbivories.  In Algonquin (a group of Native American languages) the word “Moose” means “eater of twigs”.  Moose enjoy a variety of leaves, twigs, buds, shrubs, grasses, lichens, ferns, mosses, berries, wild apples, wild flowers and aquatic plants

If they wonder upon a residential garden, they have been known to indulge in cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

How many moose does New Hampshire have?

According the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department, the moose population is stable at 3,000 to 4000 animals.  The population fluctuates based on a variety of factors but has remained a stable herd for several decades.

Read more about the New Hampshire moose populations here.

How common are moose in New Hampshire?

It is possible to see a moose in all regions throughout New Hampshire but they are more prevalent in the northern portions of the state.  Northern New Hampshire affords vast areas where moose can thrive.  Population densities range from 0.11 moose per/sq mile to 1.73 moose per/sq. mile.  Whereas, the latter is present in The Great North Woods.

There are many wetland areas and large forest lands where moose can find a variety of foods

Ponds, lakes and large bogs provide protection of young moose from predators.  When coyotes or bears come around a cow and calf, they can easily slip into the water to escape.  Moose are excellent swimmers and have been seen crossing large lakes or bodies of water.

Where do moose go in the winter in NH?

Moose typically migrate to winter feeding areas.  Sometimes they herd together to make traveling through the snow easier.

They try to conserve energy during the winter months as they take in less calories than they use.

During the winter, moose will seek areas where they can eat twigs, shrubs, balsam fir needles, cedar branches and barks. 

Moose will sometimes travel on packed snow trails such as snowmobile trails, railroad tracks or areas where snowfall is not as deep.  They do this to try to conserve the amount of energy they expend.

Moose Terms

A male moose is called a “Bull”, a female moose is called a “Cow” and a baby moose is called a "Calf".  Many moose traveling together would be called a “Herd”.  The Abenaki (Native American tribe of northern New Hampshire) name for moose is “Moz”.

Rutt & Tuke or Bullwinkle are also famous moose.

Are there moose in the White Mountains?

The White Mountains is a unique and beautiful part of the country.  And, with over 6 million annual visitors and all of the outdoor bustle, some moose make the White Mountains there home.

Moose in the White Mountains typically find less traveled areas where they can roam free without disturbances.

When a moose is spotted off a highway in the White Mountains, it usually creates a huge photo op for passer buyers with many cars pulled over with phones in hand.

Best Place to See Moose in White Mountains


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