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Apr 4, 2024

Cruise the Kancamagus Highway

Loon is Located on a National Scenic Byway

The Kancamagus Highway, a 34.5-mile scenic drive winds its way through New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest.

Nicknamed “The Kanc” by locals, this stretch of NH Route 112, was dedicated as the first of the National Scenic Byways in the northeastern United States in 1996 — for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and abundant recreational opportunities.

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About the Route

The Kancamagus Highway begins/ends from west to east in Lincoln New Hampshire to Conway New Hampshire. While hairpin turns and an ascent to nearly 3,000 feet winding around Mt. Kancamagus might sound daunting, the well-maintained road is perfectly suitable for RVs.

The true charm of this byway lies in its tranquility. Unlike most highways, you won't find any hotels, resorts, or shops lining the route itself. Instead, these conveniences are clustered at either end, ensuring a peaceful driving experience amidst breathtaking scenery. The Kancamagus Highway is a haven for those seeking an escape into nature's peace.

Fast Facts

  • Eastern Point: Conway, New Hampshire 
  • Western Point: Lincoln, New Hampshire 
  • Pronounced “Kan-ka-maw-gus” 

Best Time to Cruise

“The Kanc” is open year-round, offering many attractions including hiking routes, walking paths, picturesque views, and more.

During the peak of fall foliage, the scenic byway is lined with a vibrant display of orange-, red-, and yellow-colored leaves. In the summer, the ambience is warm, and the air is fresh. Regardless of the season, the Kancamagus Highway provides exceptional views and beautiful scenery of the White Mountain National Forest.

Beyond the Scenery

Before you hit the road and journey along the Kancamagus Highway, consider taking a look into the rich history of the iconic route.

Learn about the Native American tribes and the early settlers who once lived in this area centuries ago. Understanding the background could enhance your experience and add a deeper sense of wonder to your adventure.

Removing Waste From the White Mountain National ForestKancamagus Clean Up