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Connecticut River Byway

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Connecticut River Ride 

(Approx. 140 miles)

This ride follows the Connecticut River along the western border of New Hampshire from the junction of Rt. 9 in West Chesterfield to Littleton in the White Mountains.

From I-91 near the Vermont border, take Rt. 9 east to West Chesterfield; turn north on Main Street, which becomes River Road, and follow it north to the junction with Rt. 63. Again head north to Rt. 12, which will take you though picturesque Walpole. North of historic Charlestown, pick up Rt. 12A, which winds through a hilly landscape. Follow NH 12A North from Charlestown, and at the intersection of NH 12 and 12A follow NH 12 directly into downtown Claremont.

Take a left out of the Waypoint Center in Claremont and follow North Street to the intersection of NH 12. Follow NH 12 under the railroad trestle to the junction of NH 12 and NH 12A. Take NH 12A north past the Cornish-Windsor Bridge and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

In Lebanon, take Rt. 10 north through Hanover, a beautiful college town, to Lyme and Orford- home of the Seven Swans, said to be the finest group of Federal-style houses in the United States.

Continue on to Haverhill and Woodsville, where you'll pick up Rt. 135. It joins Rt. 18 west of Littleton, a bustling town and great ending for a scenic ride, where you can join the Multi-Notch Mountain Ride. Or you can continue on Rt. 135 to Lancaster and Groveton, two fascinating towns some say are lost in time; in Groveton you can join the Great North Woods Ride

Click here to download the Connecticut River Scenic Byway brochure.