Monday, April 29, 2013

The Kancamangus Scenic Highway

My son and I left home to spend about 5 days exploring and photographing the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We started our trip on the Kancamangus Highway, which cross the White Mountains and includes portion of the White Mountain  National Forest from Lincoln to Conway.

This scenic highway was constructed through the combined efforts of the NH Dept. of Public Works , US bureau of public Roads, and the US forest Service. The road was opened between Conway and Lincoln in 1959.
The Kancamagus Scenic Hwy. was named after the Indian Kancamagus (meaning the fearless one), the grandson of Passaconaway, succeeded his uncle, Wonalancet, about 1684 as the 3rd and final “Sagamon” of the Penacook Confederacy.

He tried to maintain peace between the Indians and whites, but harassment from the English aggravated this hot-tempered chieftain until he let loose the furies of war, causing much bloodshed. The tribes of the confederacy became scattered and Kancamagus, with his followers, moved to Northern NH or into Canada.

The Kancamangus is a winding two-lane 35 mile highway.  There are many stops and vistas along the highway and you can spend days just exploring this area.  From high mountains to rushing streams, waterfalls and placid ponds, along would numerous hiking trails there is something for everybody.  A motto of the white mountains national forests is a "Land of Many Uses."

Here are a few pictures to wet your interest.  There will be a lot more to follow in upcoming blogs.

Old Logging Engine

Rushing River

Rocky Gorge

Water Running down the Hill from the Winter Snow

Swiftly Flows the Water