The White Mountain National Forest is expanding with the addition of a popular rock climbing destination in Rumney.
The federal forest will now include 85 acres in the Rumney Rocks area. It includes trails and a parking lot built recently by the Rumney Climbers’ Association.
Nonprofits have raised money and gotten federal funding in recent years to build out the trail and climbing route system and prevent erosion on the cliffs.
Advocates say the area sees heavy use by visitors from all over the world and is key for local tourism.