Production Guide >> Filming on Mt. Washington and White Mountain National Forest
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m). It is famous for its dangerously erratic weather, and long held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph (372 km/h) (or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. It was known as Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit," before European settlers arrived. The mountain is located in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, in Coos County, New Hampshire. It is the third highest state high point in the eastern U.S. and the most prominent peak in the Eastern United States.
While nearly the whole mountain is in the White Mountain National Forest, an area of 59 acres (0.24 km2) surrounding and including the summit is occupied by Mount Washington State Park. Filmmakers looking to shoot their projects on Mount Washington are encouraged to contact the New Hampshire Film & Television Office for further information. Here are some guidelines to consider:
1) The summit and the surrounding 59 acres of land are part of Mount Washington State Park and fall under the jurisdiction of the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. Permitting for this area is done through the New Hampshire Film & Television Office. Call us at 603-271-2220 to get the process started, or your can submit an Application to Film on State Property online here: http://www.nh.gov/film/production/register.htm
2) Any filming on the land beyond Mount Washington State Park falls under the federal jurisdiction of the White Mountain National Forest and the USDA Forest Service. Guidelines and filming permit applications can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/special_film.shtml.
3) The Mount Washington Auto Road provides access to the summit and several overlook points along the way. The Auto Road is open to private vehicles from early May to late October (please call ahead to confirm.) Access to the mountain is also available via an all-wheel drive, 4-track, 9-passenger SnowCoach (weather permitting). The Mount Washington Auto Road is privately owned and operated, and filmmakers looking to shoot on the Auto Road or access the Auto Road during the winter months will need to work with the operators directly. Contact the Mount Washington Auto Road at 603-466-3988. NOTE: This applies to the Auto Road only--any filming on land beyond the Auto Road will still need to be coordinated through the New Hampshire Film & Television Office or the White Mountain National Forest.
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