Exploring the White Mountain National Forest along the Kancamagus HighwayThe Weeks Act Legacy Trail is a driving tour of the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.  It is named after The Weeks Act of 1911, a watershed moment in conservation history.  Championed by John W. Weeks, US Congressman from Massachusetts, The Weeks Act authorized the United States federal government to purchase private land for the purpose of creating a forest reserve.  This enabled the creation of National Forests in the east.

This tour explores 40 sites of interest along a scenic 100-mile loop.  Sites are categorized by 8 themes relating to The Weeks Act and the conservation movement behind it. You can take the tour using the virtual trailmap on this site (with optimized mobile version).  You can also download an audio tour and printable guides.

The Weeks Act Legacy Trail was produced by a collaboration of diverse organizations in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the legislation’s signing.  The tour’s purpose is to show visitors to the White Mountain National Forest enjoyable things to see and do in a way that connects them to the past, present and future of this wonderful resource.



The Weeks Act Centennial Committee consisted of representatives from

Learn more about this collaboration at weekslegacy.org.


Site Design & Production



Credits have been used to identify the owner and/or origin of each photo on this site. Images appearing on this site without a credit are original to the Weeks Act Legacy Trail project and managed by the Weeks Act Legacy Trail committee.

Other photographs on this site are the property of contributing photographers and organizations and are used here with permission.  PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY PHOTO FROM THIS SITE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM ITS OWNER.

Contributing Photographers and Organizations:


Historical Photos

  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Rick Russack Collection
  • Collection of James F. Morrow, Jr
  • Dartmouth College Libraries
  • AMC Archives
  • Omni Mount Washington Resort


Art Images

  • Information reproduced from the Web site White Mountain Art & Artists authored by John J. Henderson and Roger E. Belson.  Visit their Web site at http://whitemountainart.com/




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