Appalachian Trail Community: Gorham, NH 

Connecting Town and Trail

The Town of Gorham in Coos County, New Hampshire, has long been a “destination” town for hikers of the A.T. The Appalachian Trail, which used to run through the center of town, is an important part of Gorham’s history. The community consistently embraces thru-hikers and the broader hiking public, providing off-trail services and overnight accommodations for decades.

Gorham offers one of the best layover towns on the Trail. With free internet available at several locations, hikers can stop in to reconnect with the world before heading back into the wilderness. Gorham also offers stores to resupply, outfitters, medical services, lodging and hostel, restaurants and bars, laundry services, and postal services.

Plan Your Visit

For over a century, the Town of Gorham has been known as “The Gateway to the White Mountains,” with the railroad and later driving routes bringing generations of hikers, skiers, hunters and others to the foot of the Presidential, Carter and Mahoosuc mountain ranges. Boston Magazine named Gorham the “Best Sporty Town” in New Hampshire in 2006, and the NH Travel and Tourism Department tagged Gorham as “The Basecamp for Grand Adventure.”

Recreation has long been part of Gorham’s economy, and of its local culture as well. Gorham provides a welcoming base for outdoor recreation, including hiking, rock climbing, biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ATVs, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, walking, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, wildlife viewing, tennis and golf.

Gorham provides a summer concert series on the Town Common for the public to enjoy, and hosts one of the largest and the longest-running 4th of July Celebration in New Hampshire. The four-day celebration culminates with a fireworks display. The Medallion Opera House provides performing arts events year-round. For additional information on events, lodging and other resources, visit gorhamnh.org.