The White Mountain National Forest is divided into three administrative districts: Pemigewassett, Androscoggin and Saco. One of the main purposes of The Weeks Act was to protect the headwaters of navigable waterways; fittingly, these districts are named after the great rivers fed by their headwaters. Each district operates an administrative office known as a ranger station. Of the three, The Saco Ranger Station is the most visited. In addition to offices, the Saco Ranger Station houses a staffed information center, indoor nature exhibit, book store and outdoor native plant pollinator garden with interpretive signs. This is an excellent source for information on campgrounds, programs, wildlife, hiking and other recreation in the National Forest.
Directions to Next Site:
The Weeks Act Legacy Trail leads us now to one of North Conway’s famed icons of beauty and recreation. Take a left out of the Saco Ranger Station parking lot, then go left at the traffic light onto Rte 16. Follow Rte 16 for .8 miles through Conway Village, then take a left at the traffic lights onto Washington Street. Stay left at a fork marked by a water fountain and the Conway Covered Bridge – you are now on West Side Road. Travel 5.7 miles then turn left at a sign for Echo Lake State Park onto Echo Lake Road. The road ends in .2 miles at Echo Lake State Park.