(Scenic Drives of America Feature)
Quite simply, one of the most scenic roads in the United States.
The Kancamagus Highway, which cuts through the heart of the White Muntains in New Hampshire, is a truly remarkable road; along its 35-mile stretch are towering mountains, quaint covered bridges, crashing waterfalls, and in the fall, breathtaking foliage. In fact, in early October, the Kancamagus Highway can resemble Boston at rush hour; your best bet during that time is to see it on a weekday or early or late in the day.
Along the Kancamagus Highway, (which is technically NH Route 112), there are plenty of pulloffs for people looking to hike, ski, snowshoe, or take photographs. Between its western end in Lincoln and its eastern end in Conway, some highlights include, from west to east, Greeley Ponds, Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge, and the Albany Covered Bridge. But no matter what your destination, you can’t go wrong on this scenic byway.
Map of the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire: Click here to find the location of the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO ALONG THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY:
- Albany Covered Bridge, Albany–This charming covered bridge, which lies near the eastern end of the Kancamagus Highway, is nearly 150 years old and is a cherished spot for professional photographers.
- Sabbaday Falls, White Mountain National Forest–A series of thundering, crashing falls in the heart of the White Mountains, Sabbaday Falls is an easy walk from the Kancamagus Highway.
- Greeley Ponds, White Mountain National Forest–These beautiful ponds are located along an easy hiking trail midway between Waterville Valley and the Kancamagus Highway.
- Loon Mountain Ski Area, Lincoln–Some great downhill skiing can be found among the 50 trails at Loon Mountain, which is just east of Lincoln.
- Rocky Gorge, White Mountain National Forest–A spectacular spot on the eastern side of the Kancamagus, Rocky Gorge is where the Swift River cuts particularly deeply through the rugged landscape of the area.