Wildlife Watching in New Hampshire
Where can I see moose?
For New Hampshire residents and visitors alike, the sight of a magnificent moose is breathtaking. People often ask, where they can go for the best chance of seeing a moose.
From your car
Following are some roads in New Hampshire where moose are often seen, especially from May through October. Try traveling these roads at dusk; look for roadside salt licks where moose come out of the woods to feed on road salt that has washed off the roads and accumulated in wet areas. Good areas for moose viewing will often have multiple cars pulled over, filled with camera-toting folks hoping to see a moose! Park well off the road, and follow the safety guidelines below (Stay in your vehicle or well away from the moose). Please be aware that these roads are heavily traveled and speeds often exceed 55 miles per hour. Popular New Hampshire moose watching routes include:
- Route 3 north of Pittsburg to the Canadian border;
- Route16 north of Milan to the Maine Border;
- Route 26 east of Dixville Notch to the Maine Border;
- Route 112 from Lincoln east to the Bear Notch Road;
- Route 110 north of Berlin to Rte 110A.
While watching moose, NEVER approach them or allow them to approach you. Stay in your vehicle or well away from the moose. Always keep a good distance from them and always have a good stout tree or your vehicle nearby. Moose are large, potentially dangerous animals that can run as fast as a galloping horse. They do not always show their displeasure or give any warning before attacking. If they do feel threatened or angry, moose will raise the hackles on their neck, lay their ears back, jerk their nose at you, roll the whites of their eyes -- or just run at you, knock you down and then stomp you until you stop moving. Please give them a wide berth.
Ponds and clearcuts
In addition to the roads mentioned above, some of New Hampshire's northern ponds are great spots for moose watching. Moose feed on aquatics early in the morning and at dusk, so, any pond with aquatics may hold moose at these times of year. The best part is that you can fish or kayak while waiting for a moose to show up! Naturally, you’re more likely to see a moose in regions with higher moose densities (north and west).
You can also check out any new clearcut with regrowth from 1 foot to four feet tall. Again, early morning or dusk are the best times to see moose. Clearcuts offer a chance to do some birding while scanning the cut for moose.
If you like, let experienced moose tour guides find the moose for you. Opportunities for seasonal moose-watching "tours" in New Hampshire (private enterprises not associated with the N.H. Fish and Game Department) include*:
- Gorham Moose Tours -- Enjoy a 3-hour moose / wildlife adventure tour on the North Country’s longest-running tour with experienced wildlife guides that know just where to search for moose! Tours run from late May to the end of September. Reservations recommended. 69 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581; Phone: 877-986-6673; or visit gorhamnh.org/Pages/GorhamNH_Recreation/Index
- Pemi Valley Excursions -- Offers scenic tours of the best moose watching areas in the White Mountains. Main Street, Lincoln, NH 03251; phone 603-745-2744; or visit moosetoursnh.com.
- Requests for businesses to be added to the "Moose-watching Tours" list should bedirected to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRAKE FOR MOOSE
A final reminder, moose are found throughout the Granite State, so when traveling our roads,please remember to slow down and Brake for Moose -- it could save your life! Click here for info on how to avoid moose collisions on NewHampshire's roadways.