Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway, North Conway: Address, Kancamagus Highway Reviews: 4.5/5

Kancamagus Highway
4.5
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Highway 112 runs from Center Conway to North Woodstock, just south of Franconia Notch. Passing through the White Mountain National Forest, it is considered one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. and offers a number of interesting stopping off points.
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,085 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
While the Kancamagus Highway is a beautiful, scenic byway, use safety precautions when traveling. You will be sharing the road with cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, RVers, sports car enthusiasts, moose, deer, and other wildlife creatures, etc. In many areas, there is barely a shoulder, and the turns to the scenic lookouts come up very quickly. So, designate a driver who is going to fully concentrate on the nuances of the road. Whenever possible, take turns driving so that the other person may look at the scenery. As the day turns to dusk, the cast shadows from the trees will camouflage the dark silhouettes of elite cycling athletes, moose and deer. Inevitably, there will be aggressive motorists traveling behind you, pushing you to dangerously exceed the speed limit so that may travel who-knows-where.
Some of the stops require the payment of a $5.00 Recreational Pass. Have exact change and a pen to complete the envelope. During the period of Covid-19, some of the lavatory facilities are closed. Cellular service is limited. This is a beautiful part of the United States. If you choose to experience it, take the time to enjoy it.
Written July 14, 2020
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Herb M
Rockport, MA373 contributions
Apr 2021
We returned to the Kancamagus Highway in late April for some good walking, and we had good weather for 3/4 days. We stopped at the Ranger station near Conway, and got recommendations on some easier walks. I strongly recommend doing that because there are too many choices of walks and trails, from easy to very difficult. We especially liked the riverside locations and Sabbaday Falls. We spent parts of two days here. Don't rush it, plan on at least a full day or break it into multiple days. There is more to see on the Conway end of the Highway. You can come in high season, but expect big crowds.
Written April 29, 2021
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,297 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was out 2nd visit to the Kanc, and we were even more pleased the second time than the first time. There is so much to do on this highway it is truly incredible. Breathtaking sites and stops of varying lengths for all people. No admission or cost to drive it, but many stops do require the purchase of a day pass for $5 at a pay station. No gas or food stops along the route, nor is there much phone service. An enjoyable visit!!
Written October 8, 2021
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BigDaddyWied
Houston, TX178 contributions
Jun 2020
We traveled along the trail in June during a heatwave. As the driver, I could not see all of the views and maintain safety on the road. Our journey started in Lincoln, NH, and there are many areas to stop and take pictures or enjoy the beauty of creation. Bring a map if you want to hike, there are several trails where you can stop to hike. If you plan to stay at any of the official stops, purchase a pass for $5. The ranger's office is on the Conway, NH [east] side of the trail, but bring a $5 bill, and you can self pay at any of the sites. If you time your trip correctly, an autumn drive along the trail would be amazingly colorful. After the tour, we drove to downtown North Conway and walked around the small retail/ dining area. There are also outlets in North Conway if you would like to shop as well.
Written June 27, 2020
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Arlene F
8 contributions
Feb 2021
We visited the Ice Castle's this year and they were wonderful. Great for the kids. The twinkling lights that surrounded the ice sculptures was very eye catching. Tub rides and sledding were available. Book on line before going. Reservations needed.
Written February 21, 2021
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TLC
3 contributions
Sep 2021
This was a wonderful surprise for my husband and I. It was a beautiful day and for the $5 park fee, which works for all of the stops, it was so nice! I don’t know if everyone pays the fee, but it really is a wonderful way to say thank you to those that care for the parks. The maintenance is wonderful.
We saw so many beautiful sights, waterfalls, brooks, landscapes, etc. I was just expecting a nice drive. It was also COVID friendly in that you could be distanced. We loved this so much!
Written September 14, 2021
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Beth43323
Minneapolis, MN72 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Beautiful drive through the White Mountain National Forest, so no commercial interruptions. 35 miles of awesome beauty with many turn off overlook opportunities. Late morning is less busy than the afternoon, we were able to drive 35-40 mph the whole way on a Tuesday. $5 cash donations are requested at some of the overlook lots. Some road construction in Conway is a big pain. The Lower Falls area was the most beautiful today. There is so much red (maples?) foliage to compliment the golds and the green pines. Definitely a spectacular drive in the fall!
Written October 12, 2021
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MovementandLocation
Kittery, ME190 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just drove through and made only a few stops at some scenic overlooks, still, a beautiful drive. There are some pops of color, creating an ethereal yellow gold canopy. Much beauty to behold, and I look forward to many return visits to fully explore the area. No matter which side you enter or leave on, you'll find magic in the mountains.
Written October 19, 2020
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harpazhadar
Haifa, Israel1,379 contributions
Oct 2019
We had only 4 hours to experience this amazing road so had to focus on few specific spots. Made some research online beforehand and decided on these 4 stops which did not disappoint! Started from the North Conway eastern entrance we stopped at the Saco Ranger Station and paid 5$ for a parking daily pass. (You have to pay only if you plan on stopping and parking on the way). There were also self service - pay your fee on site stations but you had to have the exact amount in cash to use them. Our Top stops were:
1. Albany Covered Bridge
2. Lower Falls Scenic Area
3. Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
4. Sabbaday Falls
We were traveling on the beginning of the Foliage season and the colors and ambiance were perfect!
Not much to eat on the way so it is best to make some sandwiches and stock on some snacks and water before entering. On the other side near Lincoln we had a terrific dinner at Black Mt. Burger Co – highly recommended!!!
Written January 11, 2020
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Ray T
Quincy, MA960 contributions
Oct 2020
If you find yourself in northern New Hampshire and are looking for a scenic roadway to capture the visual essence of New Hampshire, I highyl recommend the Kancmagus Highway. The "Kanc" has multiple pull-offs to be able to enjoy the views. Don't miss a single one.
Written November 7, 2020
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