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 Gorham, New Hampshire - Beautiful Sunsets in the White Mountains

What Town is Close to Mt Washington?

January 12,2022 - By: D. Chandler - Town Close to Mt Washington

Gorham New Hampshire is a quaint historic small town at the foothills of the White Mountains.  This town has a approximate populate of 2,848 people according to the 2010 US Census. 

Gorham New Hampshire is the closest town to Mt. Washington, only 8 miles from the base of Mount Washington.  Gorham offers lodging, restaurants, supplies and services to a myriad of outdoor enthusiast.  It is a popular base camp location for many outdoor activities in the White Mountains region.

Gorham has been a tourist town since the late 1851 when the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad arrived.  Gorham is situated halfway between Montreal, QB and Portland, Maine.  With the trains came tourist from Boston, Portland and around the world.

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 Gorham, New Hampshire - ATV Riding in the White Mountains

Today, Gorham continues to host tourist from around the world.  Popular summer activities include the following:

  • Hiking
  • Exploring Waterfalls
  • ATV Riding
  • Traveling the Mount Washing Auto Road
  • Mountain Biking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Moose Tours
  • Motorcycling
  • Scenic Drives

Gorham is a less known mountain town and certainly not as hectic as North Conway.  If you’re looking to unwind, relax and explore nature….Gorham is the place for you!

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 Gorham, New Hampshire - Mountain Streams in the White Mountains

Wondering what town Mt. Washington is in NH?

Many people ask the question if Mt. Washington is its own town.  It’s actually not, rather its part of several land parcels owned by private companies and the White Mountain National Forest.  These lands surrounding Mount Washington are part of several unincorporated townships, none of which are organized towns.  The summit of Mt. Washington is within the Sargent’s Purchase township. 

Generally speaking, most people associate Mt. Washington as being part of Gorham, New Hampshire because it is the closes town to Pinkham Notch and the base of Mount Washington.  In addition, Mt. Washington is located in Coos County, New Hampshire as is Gorham.

 

Therefore, if you’re looking for the perfect jump off point to explore the White Mountains, hike Mt. Washington, ride the Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham is the perfect spot.

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 Gorham, New Hampshire - Green Energy

What is the closest city to Mount Washington New Hampshire?

The area around Mount Washington are mostly unorganized townships and land grants.  There are limited services around Mt. Washington. 

The closest city to Mount Washington would be Berlin, New Hampshire.  Although, the closest town would be Gorham New Hampshire (8 miles from Mt. Washington).  Gorham offers hotels, motels, AirBNB’s, campgrounds in nearby Shelburne New Hampshire, restaurants, Walmart and various services.

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What river runs through Gorham, NH?

There are two main rivers that flow through Gorham, NH.  First, the Androscoggin River flows West to East from Berlin, NH to Brunswick, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean.  Second, the Peabody River flows South to North from the base of Mt. Washington to Gorham and emptying into the Androscoggin.

What is the Elevation of Gorham New Hampshire?

The elevation of Gorham New Hampshire is 794 feet (242 m) with a 85 square mile (32.7 /km) area.  The town was incorporated in 1836 and quickly became a railroad hub and tourist destination.  Gorham is located in Coos County.

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 Gorham, New Hampshire - Hiking Trails Galore

What county is Gorham, NH in?

Gorham is part of Coos County with the county offices located in Lancaster, NH.  Coos comes from the Abenaki Indian word which means “crooked.”  This was a reference to the characteristics of the Connecticut River located on the Western part of Coos County.  Its is the largest county in NH.

 

Where can I see Moose in Gorham, NH?

I have seen a moose exploring the Gorham park at 5AM before but he may have been checking out the wooden moose statue there…haha  Moose tend to be on the outskirts of Gorham in less populated areas.

Here are three places to try and catch the elusive moose.  The first good route is to drive along Route 16 from Gorham to Jackson.  Second, take Route 2 towards Jefferson and then turn left on Route 115 towards Twin Mountain.  Third, travel Route 16 from Gorham to Errol, NH. 

The best time to see moose is around dusk or just after dusk as they typical start to move around more during the night.

Where is Gorham New Hampshire?

 

Gorham New Hampshire is located just North of Mount Washington on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest.  It is the perfect point to access the White Mountains or the North Country of New Hampshire.  Also, it is located only 10 miles from Maine and the Bethel region.

Lodging in the Gorham Area

Top Notch Inn

Top Notch Inn
265 Main Street
Gorahm, New Hampshire   03581
https://topnotchinn.com/

The Glen House

The Glen House
979 NH-16
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://theglenhouse.com/

Quality Inn & Suites

Quality Inn & Suites
130 Main St Building A,
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.choicehotels.com/new-hampshire/gorham/quality-inn-hotels/nh089?mc=llgoxxpx

Town and Country Inn

Town and Country Inn
20 US-2 #1033
Shelburne, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.townandcountryinnandresort.com/

Northern Peaks Motor Inn

Northern Peaks Motor Inn
289 Main Street
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Hotel/Northern-Peaks-Motor-Inn-774098526022366/

Rodeway Inn

Rodeway Inn
130 Main St Building B
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.choicehotels.com/new-hampshire/gorham/rodeway-inn-hotels/nh090?mc=llgoxxpx

Gorham Motor Inn

Gorham Motor Inn
324 Main Street
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://gorhammotorinn.com/

Mt Madison Inn and Suites

Mt Madison Inn and Suites
365 Main Street
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
https://mtmadisoninnandsuites.com/

Moose Brook Motel

Moose Brook Motel
65 Lancaster Road
Gorham, New Hampshire   03581
http://www.moosebrookmotel.com/

Timberland Campground

Timberland Campground
809 US-2
Shelburne, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.timberlandcampgroundnh.com/

Mount Jefferson View

Mount Jefferson View
1322 US-2
Randolf, New Hampshire   03581
https://www.mountjeffersonview.com/

Inn At Bowman

Inn At Bowman
1174 US-2
Randolf, New Hampshire   03593
http://www.innatbowman.com/



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