Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this ride! One of my favorites in the great USA

1 month ago

We had planned to drive up the road to the Sawyer Pond Trail, but road was closed at the turn off from the highway.

From the parking lot you can hike on a trail down by the river for about a mile before you hit a clearing and an abandoned road grade up to the main road. We tried to continue along the river from that point, but the trail disappears soon after. We had to scramble up a steep hill to get back to the road again.

The road is suitable for backpacking, biking, even a stroller. It isn’t too steep and is a fairly consistent uphill grade.

We fished the river and creeks without much success. A few 3-5inch brook trout were all we could get to bite.

The trail was VERY BUSY on Saturday and the parking lot was packed when we hiked out.

The original rating for this trail was moderate, and unfortunately misleading. We brought our good friends here for a backpacking trip the weekend after the solstice in June. We knew it would rain and involved steep elevation but were not expecting the rock scrambles and rockiness of the regular trail on the ascent and descent, made harder by the rain. We camped .5 miles in after hiking the 3 miles on 302 then were planning to camp on the other side of Mt Jackson for the night—however we didn’t make good time on the ascent and got caught in the rain on the ridge part of the trail which dampened spirits (and clothes). We decided to hike through the night and go to a nearby hotel rather than camp out another night. It took us 12.5 hours to hike that 7 mile stretch (with overnight packs) in the rain (7.5 hours of rain) and dark (4 hours in the dark with low visibility due to mist). Overall a beautiful hike but be prepared for it to be HARD!!

We started this trail at Crawford Notch and went up to Jackson, back to Webster, and down from there along the AT, coming out where the AT crosses US 302. The views were gorgeous from Jackson, Webster, and the cliffs/views along the ridge down from Webster. I would say, though, that this trail was VERY difficult for me. I wasn't prepared for the amount of scrambling near the ridges and just general scrambling along the trail - this is a VERY rocky trail. I'm no mountain goat, and always have to take those areas slowly. This trail took us 7.5 hours and we only did 7 miles! I can handle the distance and elevation, but all the big steps and rocks did me in. My companion says that this is pretty typical of the White Mountains, so that's good to know.

wonderful place to drive through and spend the day swimming in the lower falls, didn't want to leave

2 months ago

Awesome rd with some killer views of river down steep hills. The road is closed to vehicles since the washout last year. About halfway down theres a pull off walk dont the hill and a sweet spot to swim

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2 months ago

Beautiful views. You’ll get nowhere in a hurry, though!

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3 months ago

Fall is always the best time to visit. Hoping to someday travel on the motorcycle. Lots and Lots of views and scenic lookouts. Pack a lunch and pick a nice quiet spot to enjoy the views and mountain air.

Very scenic, especially in the fall, however it does get rather crowded on Columbus Day Weekend. Lots of great places to admire the views and hike.

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7 months ago

Stopped here after a nice scenically drive home from Franconia Notch in New Hampshire....if you're in this area be sure to stop by Saint-Gaudens National Historic site....not far from here. Love the history of the area!!

Did some Sunday driving on this fun scenic drive. Be sure to stop by the Saint-Gaudens National Historic site in Cornish..gorgeous gardens and the home of America's greatest sculptors. Also had to stop at the fa,out Windsor-Cornish covered bridge

10 months ago

we had a blast hiking this trail. I just wish there were more signs about the trail and where your are... maybe a kiosk at the end would have been great... all in all we plan on hiking it again.

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10 months ago

parked at bridge. took our photo of it. drove from nh to vermont. came back a little while later

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10 months ago

If I’m reviewing the drive only - A couple wow stops and some moderate views but far less vistas than I had hoped. Better views to be found on the surrounding hikes.

I decided to take in the Webster ridge on my way up #43 Mt. Jackson. I parked at the Crawford Depot and walked the 3 miles down to the Willey House. That was better than it sounds since you can take in the entire ridge and see what you're about to trek. I really nice trail up to the Webster Cliffs Trail, this is the AT. The first ledge blew my mind, 180 degree views of the stunning Crawford Notch! Continued along the ridge with similar views along the way. Ducked into the woods again to get over to Mt Jackson then met 2 Prez Traverse folks on the way down and out. This is an A++ route and hike.

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11 months ago

love it . exspeacialy go when sunsetting it so beautiful.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

What an amazing drive!! Made the trip the first weekend last October and although not quite at peak the foliage was blazed with color. Planning on making trip once again this fal...One of the top leaf peeping drives in America for sure!!

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

As someone else said, it's not really a trail. More a scenic stopping point with a great views, worth the visit.

A lot of traffic everywhere on a busy Saturday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Sunday, August 16, 2015

We come here all the time, so beautiful, coming from MA usually we start on the Lincoln side and it's just great, this year we started on the Conway side and is not as pretty as the other side.

Relaxing drive, with spectacular views of the fall foliage and surrounding mountains. It leads to the Franconia Notch state park parking lot where there is a visitor area with information regarding the near~by trails and activities. There are also lots by the Old Man Historical Site that overlooks the cliff and a lot by the Lafayette Campsite which leads to the Franconia ridge hiking trail along with other ones.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A truly beautiful drive. The energy was positive and grateful, something that carried over most of New Hampshire to the end of the border of Maine (unfortunately Maine lacked this positive vibe, boooo). The highway is 2855 ft above sea level, surrounded by great mountain on all sides, and water_ways leading into the Atlantic Ocean. And the colors, oh the amazing colors and foliage of New Hampshire! The changing greens, yellows, reds, purples, and pinks, and the ruffled beady textures were a perfect birthday gift. Certain parts of it lead into the wilderness of the White Mountain State forest where the are plenty of serene trails to explore. There were signs to watch out for Moose but we didn't see any :{ I really want to see some moose now! (that's my goal) The Franconia Notch highway connects to this one, and the Franconia mountains along with the Old Man one may be seen. Plus there are a bunch of overlook and stop areas throughout the drive. This was a super awesome part of the 24 hour road~trip!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breathtaking. The White Mountains have changed my life. I'm hoping to find a teaching job up here so I can move here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

my wife and I love coming up here and exploring new places to camp and hike. It's always worth the drive.

Beautiful drive in the fall!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It has been many years since I did the Kancamagus in the fall. Even though the foliage was past peak it was still beautiful everywhere except the high country. One nice thing about a week day past peak foliage was the light crowds.

It is a very beautiful drive but much too much traffic. The river, the mountains, the forrests and some of the quaint areas make it a beautiful trip.

Kevin said it best. I too have loved this drive all of my adult life. The beauty is incredible, but even betterin the fall foliage. Just be prepared for a lot of traffic.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

One of the most beautiful scenic drives anywhere. There are a lot of cool places to stop and enjoy rapids, forest, mountains and more. I really love it in the fall.

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