About Ossipee

  • rainbow on sunset sky
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Sky with sunset colors with silhouettes of trees in foreground
  • Sky with sunset colors bounded by silhouettes of trees
  • Dining Room at Carroll Inn Circa 1917
  • Pineland - building and large yard in front
  • Left-side guardrail and covered Bridge - looking down its length - Whittier Covered Bridge in West Ossipee
  • Small building at Mill Pond - in background are trees in Autum colors
  • Old postcard - Ossipee Lake framed by trees on sides, with grassy area in foreground - says "Ossipee Lake, White Mountains, NH"
    Ossipee Lake, White Mountains, NH

Ossipee is the county seat for Carroll County and the largest town in our six-town area.  It shares its name with the Ossipee Mountains, once a range of ancient volcanoes, which border on the West.  

Ossipee is made of many small villages scattered among the hills.  Shops filled with unusual crafts and antiques dot the country roads.  Good fishing abounds on Ossipee Lake and the rivers and streams that flow into it.  The adventurous can hike into the Ossipee Mountains and there are opportunities galore for swimming, boating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

The Town has developed innovative Zoning Regulations designed to encourage low-impact industry.

Ossipee is governed by the Town Meeting system and administered by three selectmen who meet each week in the Town Hall.

Take a moment to visit The Ossipee Historical Society Museum, enjoy the "walking tour" of the Historic Center of Ossipee Village and celebrate Ossipee Old Home Week during July 4th week held annually.