The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire. It is most known for its fall foliage tours, but is a beautiful route no matter what the season. It is a designated American Scenic Byway.
The Byway takes a path through the White Mountain National Forest, and allows stunning views of White Mountain, Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. The highest elevation you will reach is 3,000 feet on Kancamagus Pass near Lincoln, New Hampshire. You will feel as if you have stepped back in time while traveling the byway, there are no gas stations, restaurants, hotels or anything for that matter to impede your view of nature. However, they are aplenty at the beginning and the end of the byway. The area offers 6 campgrounds, as well as more luxurious accommodations if you are planning more than a day trip to the area. The area offers a plethora of hiking trails for the outdoorsy types. Prime viewing of the foliage is from the second week of September until the second week of October. Try to allow yourself 3 hours to take it all in.
While you are here take in the history of the area. This is historical American Indian land. The Russell-Colbath Homestead was built in the 1800’s. It is a restored farmhouse that is now a museum. The former farmhouse is all that remains from a flourishing farming and logging community in Conway, 13 miles west of the byway. Besides offering skiing during the peak season, Loon Mountain Ski Resort offers the Franconia Notch Bike Tour. You don’t have to be an expert biker to enjoy this self-guided tour through the wilderness. The tour starts around Echo Lake and continues downhill to where Loon Mountain begins. Stop along the way to take in Flume Gorge. If you’re planning on visiting in September, take part in the New Hampshire Highland Games. This is the largest Scottish cultural event in the northeastern US. There are many activities that include whiskey tasting, dancing and music, just to name a few.