If you’re looking for a Christmas tree and wreath for your Waterville Valley condominium or home, don’t even think about stopping at one of those expensive tree sellers down south. Head straight to Dreams & Visions gift shop in Waterville Valley’s Town Square. You’ll find local, freshly cut trees for $45. Wreaths are coming soon (they’re being decorated by the elves at the Waterville Valley Elementary School), and will cost just $25. Best of all, your tree and wreath purchases support the Waterville Valley Elementary School PTA.
If you prefer a more natural (aka Charlie Brown) tree and want to traipse through the woods, the National Forest Service sells permits to cut-your-own on National Forest land. The cost is $5 (cash or check). Permits can be purchased at any of the National Forest offices beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving Day – including right down the road in Campton, NH.
Trees are for personal use only, not for resale. One permit per family; one tree per permit.
Use only hand tools to cut Christmas trees, such as an ax or handsaw. Chainsaws are not permitted.
Make sure you are on National Forest land. Respect the rights of landowners when crossing private property.
Do not cut trees within 100 feet of:
- picnic areas
- trailheads or developed recreation areas
- experimental forests
- designated wilderness areas
- water bodies
- active timber sales
- paved roads (50 feet from dirt roads)
Do not cut trees larger than 6 inches in diameter at chest height. Pack down limb piles low enough so they are within 2 feet of the ground.
Cut your tree so remaining stumps will be less than 10 inches in height.
Tree tags may be used as temporary Recreation Passes. Place the tag prominently on the dashboard while searching for a tree. Once the tree is at the vehicle, the tree must be tagged before transporting.