Kancamagus Scenic Byway

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Conway, New Hampshire

Kancamagus Scenic Byway Conway Reviews

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Miss it and anyone from the area will ask why! Oct 15, 2008
The Kancamagus Scenic Byway, as known as the Kancamagus Highway or “The Kanc” is one of the most scenic stretches of highway in the White Mountains. During the fall it is ablaze in color and attracts leaf-peepers from all over the world.

The Kanc is about 35 miles long, and is situated between Lincoln, NH on the west end, and Conway, NH on east side. Its entire route is through the White Mountains. There are numerous spots to turn off to take pictures, hike, or just gaze out at the beauty. The best ones are on the east side of Kancamagus Pass (elevation 2680 ft).

Our favorite spot to pull over is called Lower Falls. It has a large parking lot, restrooms, a covered picnic area, and a grill. There is also a trail that leads down to the Swift River. This is a very popular spot year round. On a hot summer day, playing and swimming in the water is something that generations of visitors have done. In the fall, the colors down by the river, and the river itself, are exceptionally photogenic. Even with a dozen or so other people down by the river we were able to relax and feel miles away from civilization. Definitely worth your time!

The highway runs through the White Mountain National Forest. If you plan to stop there is a $3.00 park fee. Just driving through, without stopping is free.
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