White Mountains

A MULTI-NOTCH MOUNTAIN RIDE (approx. 142 miles)
This loop has several variations. From Conway, turn west on Rt. 112, the Kancamagus Highway (locals call it the Kanc), which offers 34.5 miles of stunning mountain scenery through the White Mountain National Forest. In Lincoln, you can either turn north onto I-93 through Franconia Notch State Park and its soaring mountain peaks, then onto Rt. 3 to Twin Mountain and the junction with Rt. 302 or you can continue west on Rt. 112 through Kinsman Notch to Rt. 302, which heads to Bath, Lisbon, Littleton, Bethlehem, Twin Mountain and Bretton Woods, home of the Mount Washington Hotel. Rt. 302 continues east through Crawford Notch and past some of the most spectacular scenery in the East. In Bartlett, you can turn south on Bear Notch Road, a seasonal road that connects to the Kancamagus Highway west of Conway; or you can join Rt. 16 in Glen and follow it back to your starting point in Conway. If you turn north on Rt. 16 in Glen, you'll go through Pinkham Notch, past the Mt. Washington Auto Road, to Gorham and the Great North Woods Ride.

Scenic Byways

Kancamagus Highway
Rte. 112, Conway to Lincoln. Part of the White Mountains Trail. Passes through the White Mountain National Forest. Colonial history and forest ecology experiences offered along the way at the Russell Colbath Historic Site and Forest Discovery Trail.

Presidential Range Tour
Experience the “highs and lows” of the White Mountains region on this tour. Climb over Pinkham Notch and Crawford Notch and take in views of the soaring peaks of the Presidential and Waumbek Ranges, including Mt. Washington, before working your way down to the verdant bogs and migratory bird resting grounds in Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. In between, experience the historic Main Streets and small town charms of communities dotting this rugged landscape.

River Heritage Tour
Between the Pemigewasset and Connecticut River Valleys lies a maze of mountains, river gorges, hilltop farms, and historic villages. If you’re lucky enough to be in the area in June, check out Sunset Hill in Sugar Hill where you’ll be greeted by a field of lilacs framed by views of Franconia Ridge and the Presidential Range (don’t worry – it’s stunning any time of year). Down in the valleys, winding roads take you along rushing rivers to historic covered bridges and charming rural communities. Hikers rejoice – this byway is crossed by the Appalachian Trail five different times.

White Mountain Trail
The White Mountain Trail is a 100-mile route offering rugged mountain scenery, three historic "notches", 7 covered bridges, roadside waterfalls, 32 scenic outlooks and historic and interpretive sites. The trail loops from Rte. 302 to 16, 3, I-93 and 112.