The “Island” in the Forest
Located within the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley is often described as “the island in the forest” since its inhabited area is less than two miles in diameter and completely surrounded by mountains. This aspect of geography is what makes the Valley so special – a complete self-contained community easily accessible by interstate highway, but not subject to the uncontrolled growth and development prevalent in other resort communities. This built-in limitation on growth has preserved land values and protected the environment and natural beauty of the area. To this day Waterville Valley appeals to people seeking a respite from the demands of urban living, and to parents who want a safe and secure recreational environment for their families.
Superb Town Services
The Town of Waterville Valley provides comprehensive municipal services, including an award-winning department of public safety that provides cross-trained personnel certified in police, fire, and medical disciplines. The Town provides a potable water system, solid waste pick-up, a sewerage collection system and an advanced wastewater treatment facility. A first-rate K-8 elementary school serves the families of year-round residents, and a recreation department provides a wide variety of year-round programs and facilities, including a gymnasium and indoor ice arena.
Town Square is the village hub, with a variety of shops, restaurants and services. Larger scale shopping and medical facilities are a 15- to 20-minute drive from the Valley.