The North Country

Experience Life North of the Notches

Ahh, the beauty of North Country...the Great North Woods, the breathtaking mountain views, the miles and miles of pristine trails, and the charming small towns. It’s no wonder people are drawn here, especially those who thrive on outdoor adventures! But you may be wondering: what exactly makes the North Country a Porcupine Paradise?

There is a thriving community of Free Staters in the North Country, all drawn to call this beautiful region for various reasons. Many Northies are drawn here because of the wholesome, virtually crime-free communities. Couple that with unbeatable real estate prices, a variety of homeschool resources, and small schools where parents have the opportunity to discuss their children’s education with teachers and administrators, and you have an ideal place to raise a family.

The relatively permissive zoning of most North Country towns make this region ripe for entrepreneurship! And those who desire to participate in local government find the region's small towns to be a great place to get involved. A number of Free Staters have already run serious campaigns for selectmen, city council, even mayor! Our involvement can truly tip the scales and go a long way in promoting liberty throughout our region.

Recent North Country Blog Posts

The White Mountains | Ely McLaughlin | North Country of New Hampshire | Join the Free State Project

A Free Stater’s Guide to the White Mountains – Part One

The White Mountains are one of New Hampshire’s seven tourism regions, and arguably our most famous. Each year, thousands of tourists visit our many scenic attractions for outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, skiing, and for tax-free shopping in our stores. The...
Ely McLaughlin | North Country of New Hampshire | Join the Free State Project

7 Years Later: Still Happy to Trade the Heat of FL for the Beauty of NH

Leaving Florida I moved to New Hampshire in 2012, as a 12-year-old, along with my parents and sister. We were not yet participants of the Free State Project, but we were ready to move away from Florida. When my parents were growing up, our area (about 30 miles north...

Looking for Liberty – A Mover Story from Southwest Wisconsin

We arrived in July to our new home in Littleton, NH, where a group of amazing Porcupines were ready to help us move in. Our connections with the North Country group formed very quickly - this group is very family friendly!

Education Options

School.... enough to make the bravest parent take a deep breath. There's just so much to consider! How is the quality of education? What does the curriculum look like? How big are class sizes? Should I homeschool? What resources would I have? How much is private...

Amenities in New Hampshire’s North Country

It turns out that there are plenty of amenities and conveniences in rural northern New Hampshire! Learn about the shops and services available to you in the North Country.

Hidden Treasures of Northern New Hampshire

In the North Country of New Hampshire, you'll find beautiful views, country living, and so much more. Check out these sweet finds in Littleton, Lancaster, Berlin, and Gorham!

Snowy Mountains North

My First Winter in the Great North Woods

A Michigan native describes her first winter in northern New Hampshire. She discusses road conditions, sunshine levels, home heating, and more.

Lane & Kendall | Join the Free State Project!

Lane’s Family Leaves Texas for Freedom in New Hampshire

In 2010, we started looking for better places to raise our children. I came across the Free State Project when I searched for the best places to raise black kids. New Hampshire was second on the list! It would take years of convincing my husband to leave...

Remote Boring North? Not So Much!

I was told it's so remote, there's nothing offered for kids North of the Notches, that I'd have to drive hours south to find any civilization. I'm happy to report that there are plenty of amenities and things to do up here!

New Mover Preparedness

Do I love it here in New Hampshire? Yes I do! Though moving from the Midwest there were a few things I was quite surprised by and wish I had known pre-move. Hopefully outlining a few of those things here will help future movers arrive just a tad bit more prepared.

Tour the North Country

North Country NH Bridge On this tour you’ll experience incredible beer and the world’s largest candy counter before riding on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway! Then enjoy a hike, visit a covered bridge, and check out a grand resort.

Banner Photo by Jane H on Flickr

North Country Facts

Major Towns: Berlin, Lancaster, Littleton Whitefield, Groveton, Stark, Milan, Colebrook (some include North Conway and Lincoln)
Great For: DIY'ers, entrepreneurs, families and couples, integrating with the locals, quiet, rural/nature
Not For: college or single life, major businesses, proximity to larger cities, walk-ability, weather

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Tiffany recently moved to the North Country with her family. She's been busy exploring the area and would be happy to answer your questions about it – or point you to someone who can.

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Gaston is a New Hampshire native who enjoys socializing with the liberty crowd. Interested in the region? Let him know how he can help.