5 Best Drives to See a Moose in New Hampshire
One time, I was watching moose sighting videos online, and telling coworkers that if I ever saw a moose in person, I'd die. What an absolutely magnificent animal. To see one live would be jaw-dropping, and clearly I'm not alone in that opinion.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game, people ask them all the time where the best drives in the Granite State to see a moose are.
So, here we go. The New Hampshire Fish and Game kindly came up with a list of routes that are perfect for moose sightings. Your best chances are between May and October; however, you never know when you'll end up seeing one.
Anyway, the experts at the New Hampshire Fish and Game say your best chances to see a moose happen around dusk, especially where there is salt on the roadways amassed in puddles, because moose venture out of the woods to lick it up.
Another big tip is when you see several cars pulled over. Chances are, if you're seeing that, you won't be alone in this adventure. Also, New Hampshire Fish and Game says that you should stay in your vehicle, and use caution when driving on these roads.
The most popular New Hampshire moose watching routes include:
- Route 3 north of Pittsburg to the Canadian border
- Route16 north of Milan to the Maine Border
- Route 26 east of Dixville Notch to the Maine Border
- Route 112 from Lincoln east to the Bear Notch Road
- Route 110 north of Berlin to Route 110A
I'm sure it goes without saying that approaching a moose could be deadly, so don't try the selfie thing. New Hampshire Fish and Game says they can run as fast as a horse, and don't always warn you before attacking if they feel threatened.
If they do feel threatened or angry, moose will raise the hackles on their neck, lay their ears back, jerk their nose at you, roll the whites of their eyes -- or just run at you, knock you down and then stomp you until you stop moving. Please give them a wide berth.
New Hampshire Fish and Game says some of the northern ponds are also incredible moose-watching spots.
Moose feed on aquatics early in the morning and at dusk, so, any pond with aquatics may hold moose at these times of year. The best part is that you can fish or kayak while waiting for a moose to show up! Naturally, you’re more likely to see a moose in regions with higher moose densities (north and west).
By the way, if you'd rather experience your moose sightings with a professional tour guide, here are two listed on the New Hampshire Fish and Game website.