White Mt. NF--Black Mt. Cabin, Jackson

About this Location

Constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this cabin is located on the west side of Black Mountain, set on what was once pasture land just below the summit with an outstanding view of Mount Washington. The cabin is accessed by the Black Mountain Ski Trail, a 1.4-mile trail with moderate grades used by hikers and skiers.

The cabin is rustic with the only amenities being eight wooden bunks and a common room with benches and a wood stove. The capacity is eight people with no outside camping or fires permitted within one-quarter mile of the cabin. A composting toilet is a short distance from the cabin. Please remove everything that you bring with you, including usable items.

About White Mountain National Forest

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In the decades prior to 1911, the unregulated logging practices of private timber companies in the White Mountains had resulted in a damaged landscape susceptible to both fire and flood. Fires had burned thousands of acres, and flash floods affected the water power necessary to the mills of major industrial centers downstream, such as Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lowell, Massachusetts. Concerns over losses to industry, business, and tourism, and the growing conservation movement led to citizen action. The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) spearheaded an effort to ensure the permanent protection of the White Mountains from further depredation. After years of lobbying and intense public pressure, Senator John Weeks of Massachusetts, a native of Lancaster, New Hampshire, introduced legislation that became known as the Weeks Act. The Weeks Act was passed by Congress in 1911, appropriating 9 million dollars to purchase 6 million acres of land in the Eastern U.S. In turn, this led to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) in 1918, and twenty-one other national forests throughout the north and southeast. Many of the groups who were instrumental in the passage of the Weeks Act, including the SPNHF and the AMC, are still active today, and the WMNF has grown from 7,000 acres to almost 800,000. Today, the reforested mountains and hillsides supply forest products and provide magnificent recreational opportunities while maintaining healthy watersheds and ecosystems.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Entrance fee

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

Content from Official Website and White Mountain National Forest Official Website

Last updated November 15, 2023