Lost River Reservation
**IMPORTANT NOTICE: During the 2020 season, advance registration is required prior to visiting Lost River Gorge. Please follow the link for ticket details. MORE INFO & TICKETS.**
Alert: Due to a forest fire in October of 2017, the Dilly Cliff Trail has been closed permanently. The cliffs can only be reached from above by descending a short spur trail from the Kinsman RidgeTrail (Appalachian Trail) .
Located in the White Mountains town of North Woodstock, Lost River Reservation is set high in Kinsman Notch, one of the area’s most famous passes. Located between Mt. Moosilauke and Mt. Kinsman, Kinsman Notch is about 2,000 feet above sea level. Lost River is so-named because the brook draining from the southeast part of Kinsman Notch disappears below the surface in the narrow, steep-walled glacial gorge. The gorge is partially filled with immense blocks of granite, through which the brook cascades along its subterranean course until it eventually emerges and joins the Pemigewasset River.
Today, the portion of the property that includes the gorge is leased to White Mountains Attractions Association, which provides guests with the opportunity to experience the fun, challenge, and excitement of the river, gorge, boulders and caves. Well-maintained boardwalks and staircases allow the public to access the gorge while providing the maximum amount of safety possible. Lost River Gorge welcomes thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Visitors must pay a fee to enter the gorge; please visit the Lost River Gorge website for details. (New Forest Society members receive free passes to Lost River; if you're not already a member, please join and then come for an adventure!)
The Forest Society maintains the Lost River Ecology Trail on the Lost River Reservation, which is separate from the gorge area leased to White Mountain Attractions. This trail is free and open to public recreation from spring through fall. The trail is not accessible in winter, when the parking area for Lost River is gated and locked. The trails also close daily one hour before the gorge closes. Dogs are allowed outside the gorge fee area, but not inside it.
Help us care for this property by following these guidelines during your visit:
· This property is open dawn to dusk
· Carry out all trash
· Dogs must remain under control and owners must pack out all dog waste
· No motorized wheeled vehicles
· No camping
· No campfires
· Hunting and fishing are allowed
· Leave natural and cultural features undisturbed
Parking is not plowed in winter, so access to this property may be limited in winter months.