Kancamagus Hiway, NH

Quick facts

New Hampshire Route 112 is a 56.39-mile-long
East–west state highway in northern New Hampshire.
The highway winds across the state, connecting Bath to Conway via the scenic and mountainous area of the White Mountain National Forest.

Kancamagus Highway Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage season at the Kancamagus Highway is by far the best time to visit the Kancamagus. Most people come to the Kancamagus Highway during the foliage season to see the bright colored leaves. The smell of the changing leaves is something you will remember for the rest of your life, it will always take you back to the memories of being at the Kanc.

The highway winds across the state, connecting Bath to Conway via the scenic and mountainous area of the White Mountain National Forest. Part of this highway, which runs through the White Mountains, is known as the Kancamagus Highway. This highway is known for its views of autumn foliage and is a popular drive in September and October for the leaf peeping tourism.
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. Its only major intersection, Bear Notch Road, which connects with the town of Bartlett, is closed all winter.

Route description

View along NH Route 112 in the White Mountains

The eastern terminus of NH 112 and the Kancamagus Highway is in the town of Conway at New Hampshire Route 16 (the White Mountain Highway) and New Hampshire Route 113. Traveling almost entirely within the White Mountain National Forest, the highway follows the Swift River valley west and climbs to the summit of Kancamagus Pass at an elevation of 2,855 feet (870 m), then descends to the valley of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, which it follows to Lincoln, the western terminus of the Kancamagus Highway. NH 112 continues west, crossing Interstate 93 and U.S. Route 3 in North Woodstock, then climbing through Kinsman Notch and descending northwest along the Wild Ammonoosuc River to its western terminus, in the town of Bath at U.S. Route 302 and New Hampshire Route 10, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Vermont border.


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