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Quick Facts
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: New Hampshire State Scenic Byway
Fees: A "passport," available at FS offices for $5/week
Length, One-Way: 28 Miles (46.67 Kilometers)
Time: 1 hour (due to curves in the road)

General Information

Description - The Kancamagus Highway is undoubtedly one of the most scenic routes through the White Mountains. "The Kanc," as locals call it, climbs to nearly 3,000 feet on the flank of Mt. Kancamagus. It meanders through some of the most beautiful coniferous forests in New Hampshire which yield a stunning array of colors in the fall. The eastern section of the highway follows the Swift River, which cuts an interesting rocky gorge through the hills.

The Kancamagus Highway was named for an early Indian Chief of the Penacook Confederacy. Called "The Fearless One," Chief Kancamagus tried to keep the peace between his people and the white settlers. However, repeated harassment by the English ended his efforts, bringing war and bloodshed. In the early 1690s, Kancamagus and his followers moved to northern New Hampshire or Canada.

Attractions - The Kancamagus Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile road that stretches along State Highway 112 from the Pemigewasset River at Lincoln in the west to Conway in the east.

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Additional Information:
New Hampshire Scenic Byways - New Hampshire currently offers two National Scenic Byways, Kankamagus Scenic Byway and White Mountain Trail, as well as fourteen state designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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