Along the Kancamagus Highway there are many opportunities to stop and hike along a variety of trails. The one that I chose to hike was the relatively short Swift Valley Trail. This is a trail that is well maintained and suitable for beginners. The trail takes you down to the river which makes for some beautiful scenery.
This was recommended to me by the receptionist at The Golden Gables Inn where I was staying. There was a voice of journeys and I opted for the shortest - the Valley Train - which took around an hour. I paid the extra $6 to travel first class in the beautifully restored Gertrude Emma Pullman carriage.
The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH's Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas. The town of a Conway is at one end and the town of Lincoln at the other end. I had missed the vibrant colours of the fall but even so, I found the scenery to be spectacular all along the highway. There are plenty of places to stop and park so that you can just enjoy the scenery and for anyone with an interest in photography the drive is packed with photo opportunities.
There are plenty of hiking routes and also areas where you can stop and picnic as well as camp sites. There are no restaurants along the highway, no gas stations, no hotels. This is nature at its best.
These are beautiful falls that are situated just off the main road. The falls are a short walk from the car park (parking costs $3) along a well maintained path. You park on one side of the road and then follow a path that leads to a tunnel that goes under the road as the falls are on the opposite side to the car park.
When I was there it was quiet and I had the falls to myself. It was amazing just to see and hear the power of the water. Make sure that once you get to the end of the gravel path you continue to the steps. Access to the falls is down a long flight of steps, if you are reasonably fit the steps are not a problem but if you have any walking disability, you may find the steps much more of a challenge.
Well worth doing.
Cathedral Ledge where you can see for miles
Traveling,fabulous scenery,family attractions,a wealth of sports and recreation,vacation activities,tax-free shopping
Storyland: 16 wonderful Theme Rides for kids, Live shows, free parking,ages 1,2,3 are free /open 9am-6pm
Attitash: Skiing,Horseback Riding, Golf Drive Range, Mountain biking, water alpine slides, summer festivals
Six Gun City :Frontier Show, 35 Buildings eg. Assay Office, Jail... over 100 horse-drawn vecicles ( children under 4 are free)
Wildcat : Learn the tales that Wildcat Mountain has to tell. Take the 20 minute walk through the woods following Peabody River. Once on this footpath you may chooseto walk the 1/2 mile trail to the base of Thompson Falls.Sky Rides to the Summit
Saco Bound : Canoeing, Swimming, Picnicking, Camping on the gentle Saco River
Wilderness Cabins :Enjoy the great outdoors, miles away from the nearest town.Cabins are fully equipped with gas light-stove-fridge-hot water.kitchen has pots and pants,dishes,coffee pots,etc. All linens and pillows are provided.
Conway Scenic Railroad: enjoy scenery of the Mt. Washington Valley country side on a train.Choose seating on Coach,Dinning Car, First Class in original wicker chairs,etc.
Cruise on the M/S Mount Washington: This is the best way to see Lake Winnipesaukee.Has a restaurant, 3 Bars and an ice-cream emporium and giftshop on board,for Dine,Dance,Cruising
Water Park: Premier water slides,giant wave pool, flume rides, activity pool , tube slides and more
Polar Caves : Discover beautiful Rainbow Cascades and Rock Gardens, 50 000 years ago a continental glacier moved over New Hampshire; Amazing caves and passages are left after the thaw.
Thw White Mountains , there is an Auto Road that offers travelers an exciting way to explore New Hampshire from above.
Looking for moose!
Here is a moosebog.
If you realy lucky,early in the morning or late at night,
you can see the moose feeding. Are you looking closely?....