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Consisting of 38 towns, one city (Lebanon) and one unincorporated area (Livermore, which is almost entirely national forest), Grafton County is very much a rural county. The county is the home of Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University. It is also the location of the White Mountain National Forest, the state's only national forest. With access to mountains, lakes, and cultural center, the County is a major tourist destination. The towns, although teeming with history, retain their small-town village flavor.

The White Mountains are a mountain range covering about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a small portion of western Maine in the United States. They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains and the most rugged mountains in New England. Most of the area is public land, including the White Mountain National Forest and a number of state parks. Its most famous mountain is 6,288-foot (1,917 m) Mount Washington, which is the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. and which held the record for fastest surface wind gust (231 miles per hour (372 km/h), over 100 m/s, in 1934) in the world for 76 years. Mount Washington is part of a line of summits, the Presidential Range, that are named after U.S. presidents and other prominent Americans.

The White Mountains also include the Franconia Range, Sandwich Range, Carter-Moriah Range and Kinsman Range in New Hampshire, and the Mahoosuc Range straddling the border between it and Maine. In all, there are 48 peaks within New Hampshire as well as one (Old Speck Mountain) in Maine over 4,000 feet (1,200 m), known as the Four-thousand footers.

The Whites are known for a system of alpine huts for hikers operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club. The Appalachian Trail crosses the area from southwest to northeast.

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Hiking, climbing, cycling and skiing are enjoyed both by energetic locals and by the many visitors who drive up from Boston and New York. The major destinations are Lake Winnipesaukee in Belknap County, and Conway, Lincoln and Franconia in the mountains further north. Mount Washington is in Coos County. The lakes, islands and snowcapped peaks themselves are spectacular. And some say that the area around Cheshire County and Keene, NH is the "Currier and Ives" America has come to love.

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