Jackson: a Quintessential New England Village
Heading north on Route 16, you will find Jackson, a quaint village surrounded by the foothills of the White Mountain National Forest. In Jackson, many of the homes have been built on the hillsides and offer breathtaking views of Mount Washington. Swim at Jackson Falls, go to a dance under the covered bridge or hike, snowshoe or learn to cross country ski at the nationally-renowned Jackson XC, where they’ve been teaching the old, the young, the experienced and the uninitiated to cross country ski for over 50 years. Walk the paths along the Wildcat River, run around the field or go fishing in the fire pond! Head to the beautiful Jackson Public Library to learn some town history, find a good read, or picnic on the new patio under the pergola!
Just north of Jackson Village is Pinkham Notch, a pass through the mountains that provides access to hiking trails up the Presidential mountains, including the famous Mount Washington. The Pinkham Notch Visitor’s Center has a large parking lot and an information desk which can provide in-depth trail information and conditions for hiking and skiing. Wildcat Ski Resort is just up the road from the Visitor’s Center, and the Mt. Washington Auto Road starts in Pinkham Notch as well. The auto road is a steep, windy, and exciting drive! You can also check out Tuckerman’s Ravine, a popular hike and ski area along the trail up Mt. Washington. At the summit you’ll find the Mt. Washington Observatory, famous for observing the World’s Worst Weather. Bring a jacket, even in the summer!
Dining in Jackson
Once you’re in Jackson, there’s no need to leave in search of a good meal. Enjoy a locally grown and thoughtfully-prepared meal at The Thompson House Eatery. After that hear live music at the Wildcat Tavern or the Shovel Handle Pub or enjoy a walk under and unforgettable star-filled sky.