Welcome To The Kancamagus
Highway in NH!
"Kancamagus Scenic Byway"
The Kancamagus Highway,
also known as "The Kanc," is often misspelled and
mis-pronounced Kangamangus Highway, Kangumangus
Hiway or Kancamangus
Highway. The correct way pronounce Kancamagus is "Kank-ah-mah-gus."
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
in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now
designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich
history, aesthetic beauty and culture.
The Kancamagus Scenic
takes you through a path cut through the White
Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of
the White Mountains, the Swift River,
Lower Falls and
Rocky Gorge. The Kanc takes
you to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its
highest point at Kancamagus Pass on the flank of Mt.
Kancamagus near Lincoln, NH.
Every year, rain or
shine leaf peepers show up in full force to drive
the Kancamagus Highway just to get a glimpse of the
Fall Foliage. Visitors are also
greeted with the deep forest smells of the pines and
changing leaves, especially on a warm Fall day. Even
the rain can offer a unique experience on the
Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
The drive along the
Kancamagus Highway takes you back in time as you
drive through a forest that offers no comforts of
the modern day world; no gas stations, no
restaurants, hotels or other businesses have pierced
their way into the heart of the Kancamagus Highway.
Those luxuries are left behind at both ends of the
scenic byway but well within reach when needed.
The Kancamagus Highway also offers 6
Campgrounds for those who want to spend more
time on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway. Bring your
family on a camping trip they will not soon forget.
Enjoy the wilderness and explore the forest on the
Hiking Trails through the White Mountain
National Forest. You can also check out this list of
If camping isn't your style, there is an abundance
Accommodations Near The Kancamagus Highway.
If you are planning to
visit the Kancamagus Highway, be sure to take in the
History of the
before you go, it will give you a much better
appreciation of this historical Indian land, the people who settled
here centuries ago and the hard work the loggers and
railroad workers endured that brings us this now
fascinating highway and undeveloped land.
The Kancamagus Highway
is also often misspelled and mispronounced "Kangamagus
Highway" and "Kangamangus Highway."
Also known as the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.
Nearby you can also travel the
Connecticut River Scenic Byway
Along the NH and Vermont border.
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