Sometimes the best way to see the beauty of New Hampshire is by taking a scenic drive. In a car you can cover more ground and enjoy the variety of scenery from mountain peaks, to sweeping vistas and tree-lined back roads. Here’s a couple of local favorites:
Five Mile Circuit Drive: (Jackson)
From the covered bridge, go through Jackson Village on 16A. Take Rt 16B at the schoolhouse. The road that goes up the hill past Christmas Farm Inn to Whitney’s Inn (2mi), where a sharp turn is made to the left. It is about 1.6 mi to Gill Bridge over the Wildcat River, where another left turn is made taking you to Jackson Falls back to Jackson Village. There are great views all along this drive. 6 miles.
At the intersection of Rt 16 & 302 in Glen, follow Rt 302 past Attitash Ski area and Bartlett Village. The road continues through lovely mountain scenery, past the Crawford Notch Park and the site of the famous ‘‘Willey Slide.’’ There will be a steep grade, which will take you past two long, narrow waterfalls to the height of the land and the site of Crawford Notch Depot, which now houses a small museum maintained by the Appalachian Mtn. Club. (well worth the stop).
A few miles beyond are the grand Mt. Washington Hotel, site of the famed 1944 Monetary Conference. Here one can retrace one’s way or continue on to Rt2 and east to Gorham, returning via Pinkham Notch and Rt 16.
Also, just beyond the Mt Washington Auto Road on Rt302 is the entrance road (not maintained in the winter) to the Cog Railroad which ascends the west side of Mt Washington. This can easily be a ½ or an all-day trip. Mileage will vary with route.
Albany Covered Bridge: Albany, 136 ft (1958) 6 mi. west of Conway on Rt. 112 (Kancamagus Hwy)
Bartlett Covered Bridge: Bartlett 183 ft, (1800’s) Rt. 302, 4 and ½ mi. east of Bartlett Village
Conway Saco River Covered Bridge: Conway, 2 spans, 240 ft, (1869) ¼ mi. north on Washington St. off Rt 16
Conway Swift River Covered Bridge: Conway 144 ft, (1869) ¼ mi. beyond Conway-Saco River Bridge, on West Side Road
Jackson “Honeymoon” Covered Bridge: Jackson, 138 ft. (1870’s). At the junction of Rt 16 and Rt 16A, Jackson