Favorite thing: Lincoln is the gateway to the Kancamagus Highway which stretches from the Pemigewasset River at Lincoln 34-1/2 miles to the Saco River at Conway, NH. The route climbs to nearly 3000' as it traverses the flank of Mt. Kancmagus near Lincoln. It is open year-round, weather permitting.
If you plan on leaving your vehicle, for hiking or picnicing while on the highway, check to see if you need a to pick up a Parking Pass
at the Lincoln Visitor Center, the Ranger Station in Conway or other designated vendors.
For more info on the White Mountain Parking Pass program see: http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/white/recreation/fee_demo/index.html
Fondest memory: Of course the 'Kanc' is my favorite reason for going to Lincoln.
Be sure to stop and get gas before crossing. No gas stations along the Kanc for over 34 miles.
"There's a gas station right there, better stop!"
waterfalls and foliage
Favorite thing: this is really a "base" town located on the western side of the mountains. there is one main street for a few miles, so you can't get lost. it is the last stop before you travel the kangamangus highway, which cuts through the mountains to the eastern side.
Fondest memory: you will find several waterfalls and activities, but nothing to keep you busy for more than like a couple days. It is really mostly a visual experience.
My favorite thing is the quietness of the altitude, and it was misty so the moutains had clouds shadowing and passing by.
Make sure that you drive the...
Favorite thing: Make sure that you drive the Kancamagus Scenic Highway to Conway-No. Conway through the White Mountains NF. A number of parking areas, trailheads, etc. offer good opportunities for walks and picture-taking. Recommend: the suspension bridge/Hancock(?) visitor center/trails near the western entrance, Otter Rocks picnic area, Sabbaday Falls day-use/hiking area (a little bit of a climb -- but a really neat gorge and 20' or so falls) and Rocky Gorge (after seeing the gorge, cross the Swift River via the rocks and bridge -- and walk up the stepped trail to the quiet little lake on the other side) . . . . have a meal and a little shopping over in Conway-No. Conway and return via the 'Kanc' for a nice daytrip . . . . make sure you get a parking pass at the Visitor's Center out by the highway on the west side of town.
Fondest memory: The bear in the dumpster out back of The Common Man restaurant.
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