Moose Watching


Remember, while moose are generally not aggressive, like all wild animals they can be unpredictable, particularly if they feel threatened. Always observe from a distance and never approach a moose, especially a cow with her calf.

Moose are one of the most exciting sights in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They are the largest animal in the NH wilds and they are often seen near bodies of water, such as swamps, marshes, and lakes. Here are some tips and spots to help you with moose watching in the White Mountains:

Drive carefully: Moose frequently cross roads, especially at night, so drive carefully and keep an eye out. Moose-car collisions can be dangerous, both for the moose and for passengers in the car.

Moose Watching Tips

  • Best Times for Moose Watching: Moose tend to be most active at dusk and dawn. These are the best times to spot a moose as they come out to feed. Moose are also more active during the spring and fall months, particularly May and June and then September and October.

  • Moose Alley: The stretch of Route 3 north of Pittsburg to the Canadian border is often referred to as "Moose Alley" and is a popular spot for moose viewing.

  • Kancamagus Highway: This 34-mile scenic drive is often a good place to spot moose, especially near swampy areas.

  • Dixville Notch State Park: This is another great location where moose are often seen, especially near the flanks of the mountains and the edges of forests.

  • Moose Tours: There are various tour operators that offer moose watching tours. They are usually quite experienced and know the best spots and times to view these magnificent animals.

Happy moose watching!