CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service says the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is being depicted on an America the Beautiful Quarter released recently by the U.S. Mint.
The coin depicts Mount Chocorua, the easternmost peak of the Sandwich Range, framed by birch trees. The nearly 3,500-foot peak, surrounded by lakes and forest, is a favorite of hikers.
"White Mountain National Forest is one of America’s most visited national forests," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We hope this latest recognition will inspire even more Americans to enjoy our Nation’s many outdoor recreational opportunities while supporting local economic growth and job creation."
White Mountain National Forest joins two other Forest Service sites - Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon and El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico - already honored under the program.
Future quarters will include Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Shawnee National Forest in Illinois and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. In all, 56 forests, national parks and other sites will be honored.
The 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest also includes the 34-mile-long Kancamagus Scenic Byway through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A trip across the Kanc, as locals refer to it, includes rushing rivers, a covered bridge, and breathtaking vistas.
The forest also is home to incredible recreation opportunities year-round, including accessible trails and waterways.