Winter Scenic Drives
Scenic drives are a great way to enjoy the snowy wonderland of the White Mountains. Being in a tourist area means the popular scenic roads are plowed regularly making travel safe using normal winter caution.
The Kancamagus Highway
A 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as having the scenic 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 Byway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains. 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.
📷 Swift River
📷 ❄️Sabbaday Falls
From Attitash Mountain Village, follow Rt 302 west past Attitash Ski area and Bartlett Village. The road continues through mountain scenery, past Crawford Notch Park and site of the famous ‘‘Willey Slide” family tragedy.
There are more than 10 waterfalls in and around Crawford Notch State Park, but two towering falls – Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade – require zero hiking and make great photo opportunities!
Past Bartlett, continue west driving the steep grade through the Notch. You’ll approach Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade waterfalls on the right side of the road.
📷 ❄️Photo Tip: There’s two parking areas for viewing the falls on the left side of the road – pull off and park there. You can walk across Rt 302 and access both of these falls from there.
Continuing on 302, just around the bend is Crawford Notch Depot, which now houses a small museum maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club (well worth the stop). Directly across the street is Saco Lake.
A few miles beyond is the grand Mount Washington Hotel, a favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, and the site of the famed 1944 Monetary Conference.
📷 ❄️Photo Tip: Stop at the scenic view parking on the left as you approach the hotel for landscape views of this impressive historic hotel with Mount Washington in the background.
📷 ❄️Photo Tip: Enjoy a beverage and patio seating on the veranda stretching across the back of the hotel, or at the fire pits on the back lawn, for photos of Mount Washington.
From Route 16 North, go through the Jackson covered bridge and continue through the village to take a slight right onto Rt 16B at the schoolhouse.
📷 ❄️Drive through Jackson’s covered bridge (138 ft. / 1870s) and stop on either side of the bridge for a photo.
📷 Gazebo in Jackson Village (on the left just past the schoolhouse)
The road goes up the hill past Christmas Farm Inn to Whitney’s Inn (2 mi), where a sharp turn is made to the left. Drive about 1.6 mi to Gill Bridge over the Wildcat River where the road ends, make another left turn to stop at Jackson Falls with parking on the left.
📷 ❄️Jackson Falls
Leaving Jackson Falls continue on Rt 16B back to Jackson Village.
📷 ❄️New England Church
This scenic drive will take you to the East side of Mount Washington. There are a couple of scenic vista overlooks with ample parking. Additional destinations along the drive include:
- Mount Washington Auto Road
- Great Glen Trails
- Wildcat Mountain
- Crystal Cascades – This waterfall has a total vertical drop of over 90 feet, with the upper falls being in the range of 70 plus feet and the lower falls being over 25 feet. The trail crosses the Cutler River below the falls…a nice spot to snap a few photos from the bridge before seeing the gem on this short hike. There is a nice viewing area directly opposite the falls so the falls are very easy to photograph.
The Appalachian Trail crosses NH Route 16 here. Parking is available at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Visitor Center, where you will also find information, interpretation, restrooms, and a small store with gear and supplies.
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