Exploring New Hampshire’s Moose Alley
In the northernmost part of New Hampshire is an area with so many moose, visitors are nearly guaranteed to see one.
Known as “Moose Alley,” this area encompassing Route 3 between Pittsburg and the Canadian border is home to most of the Granite State’s roughly 4,000 moose, making it one of the best places in New Hampshire to spot one of these impressive, gigantic animals.
You don’t have to venture deep into the wilderness to find one. In fact, so many moose are seen along Route 3 that the roadway is dotted with bright yellow signs warning drivers “Brake for Moose. It Could Save Your Life. Hundreds of Collisions.” A leisurely drive up scenic Route 3, and you’re likely to see a moose crossing the road or getting a drink in a roadside pond. But you don’t have to stick to Route 3. Visitors have a good chance of seeing moose on any local road or ATV trail.
Lopstick Lodge is in the heart of Moose Alley, making its cabins the perfect base camp for moose-spotting expeditions. At Lopstick, you can rent ATVs and cruise miles of wilderness trails looking for moose. Also, Lopstick’s proximity to the area’s lakes and ponds gives visitors a great chance of spotting moose along a shoreline in the morning. Many people see moose while snowmobiling on our 200+ groomed trails in the wintertime too. They like to use the trails to get around easier because of the deep snow. If you come across a moose on a snowmobile trail just stop and wait for it to move. Many people try to go around them but that will spook them and they could injure themselves.
When looking for moose near Lopstick, your best chance to spot them is around dawn or dusk, which is when they are most active. It’s certainly not the only time, though, as moose can be spotted throughout the region any time of the day or night. If it is really hot out they usually go deep in the woods so It may be harder to spot one. In the winter months they also can be seen along Route 3 licking the salt off of the roads.
Moose like to feed on aquatics, which is why visitors have a great chance of spotting one in the early morning at one of the many lakes and ponds near Lopstick. You can also try hiking to find one. The Moose Alley Trail is a 1.2-mile trail off Route 3 a couple miles north of First Connecticut Lake, and – as its name suggests – it is a popular place for spotting moose.
If you’re cruising the area’s roads searching for moose, look for roadside wallows where moose come to drink from ponds and puddles flavored with salt from runoff. They also enjoy dining on roadside vegetation.
Make sure you have your camera or phone ready to snap a photo as moose encounters can be brief. And, when you spot a moose, give it plenty of room. Moose might be majestic creatures and enjoyable to watch, but they are still wild animals and can be unpredictable.