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Forest Service: Hike with caution in White Mountains

Campgrounds in the White Mountain National Forest are open, but the Forest Service is warning people that some areas still have snow and spring melt-off can lead to some slippery footing.

Heavy rainfall and slower seasonal changes also can cause stream crossings to be high and footing slick, the Forest Service said.

Campers also need to be wary of bears and invasive insects. Campers are advised to properly store all food and drink and empty food wrappers.

Campers can introduce invasive insects to the area by bringing firewood from home; they need to buy firewood locally.

“The White Mountain National Forest is an ideal destination for a getaway,” said Tom Wagner, White Mountain National Forest supervisor. “Whether you are planning a camping trip, a hike, or a scenic drive, we want everyone to return home safely.”

Hikers can check out the hikeSafe website for travel plans at hikesafe.com.