Guide To Driving Kancamagus Highway In New Hampshire

New England is one of my favorite places to visit for outdoor road trips in the fall. There’s so much to explore including winding mountain byways that will make you ask yourself “How is this even real?!

If you’re planning to drive down the Kancamagus Highway, here is our guide covering all the best stops along the way, what to know before you go and other tips to help you prepare for a great road trip!

About Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway (also nicknamed “The Kanc”) is a picturesque 35-mile-long byway that stretches across the White Mountain National Forest. Kancamagus Highway is one of the most scenic byways in New Hampshire and a must-do for those who enjoy fall road trips.

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Where To Start

You can start your Kancamagus Highway road trip in Lincoln town to the West or Conway town to the East. This is a paved two-way highway so you can start your road trip in either city and turn around at any point if needed.

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Best Time To Go

Kancamagus Highway is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but the fall season is an especially popular time when the trees in the White Mountain National Forest change colors from lush greens to a sea of yellows, oranges, and reds.

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How Long Does It Take?

Without stops, it takes a couple of hours to drive the Kancamagus Highway. With stops, you could spend several days coming back to explore its many highlights and trails.

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