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Kancamagus Scenic Byway

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Kancamagus Scenic Byway - Conway to Lincoln, New Hampshire

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     A two lane blacktop road, called The Kanc Kancamagus Pass Sign - White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire by local residents, hits a peak in traffic during early October each year. Leaf peepers flood the White Mountains and especially Route 112, christened the Kancamagus Scenic Byway. The Kancamagus (Kan-kuh-MOG-us) Highway weaves its way from Conway, New Hampshire, over the 2855 foot Kancamagus Pass and on to Lincoln. Following alongside Swift River for part of the way, the 35 mile route is one of the best places in New England to enjoy the bolder strewn river, decorated with autumn's colorful foliage. As the highway winds through the White Mountain National Forest, byway travelers appreciate a view that's uncluttered by commercial establishments.
     Aside from sightseeing on the route, hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking are some of activities visitors enjoy on The Kanc. Sabbaday Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls hikes along the byway. Sabbaday Falls - White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire An easy pathway and stairs lead to the base of the falls, and another trail climbs to the best viewpoint at the top of the falls. Many years ago, workers in the area wrapped up their job site for the winter on a Saturday. On Sunday morning, workers made one last visit to the falls and left it with the name Sabbath Day Falls.
     The history behind the Kancamagus name dates back to the days of the Fearless One, grandson of the Great Chief Passaconaway. During the 1600s the Penacook Confederacy co-existed peacefully with English settlers. The Indians helped the Colonists develop necessary skills in order to survive in New England. It was Kancamagus who bitterly resented the English settlers and their injustices. More and more land was taken from the Indians. The bitterness lead to war, and Colonial settlers were massacred at Cocheco. Kancamagus is remembered with a mountain and pass named for him, as well as this beautiful New England drive.

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Byway Points of Interest


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