Like the old fashioned Christmas? Gather the family
together, grab your bow saw and head up to the
Every year until December 23, you can cut down your own
Christmas Tree in the White Mountain National Forest,
including the Kancamagus Highway in New
Hampshire. You must purchase a tag to cut your own
Christmas tree at the Saco Ranger Station. Tags are
available for $5.00/each.
Tree hunters at the visitors’ center are handed a sheet
of paper with suggestions to dress warmly and pack a
lunch, and a list of rules.
Some of the revenues from Christmas tree permits are
used to provide additional services to families cutting
them, such as plowing roads leading to the cutting
sites, keeping permit offices open extra hours and on
weekends, and providing educational activities.
The White Mountain National Forest sold about 290
permits in 2002.
In 2009, the White Mountain National Forest sold 460
More than 250,000 Christmas trees were harvested
from US Forest Service lands in 2009.
Permits are sold through Dec. 23, permits can also
be bought at White Mountain National Forest offices
in Gorham, Conway, and Campton, NH.