New England Fall Roadtrip Day 5: Kancamagus Hwy, New Hampshire

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


Today we awoke to the temperatures that had dipped into the 20's from the cool breezy 40's it had been. Thus, we decided to pack it in and get a hotel for the next two nights in New Hampshire. We knew without a doubt that our Florida blood wouldn't have survived a night outdoors in below freezing weather.

We made our way from Maine to New Hampshire on the five and a half hour drive and arrived at our first stop on the Kancamagus Hwy in the late afternoon. A beautiful creek in which I promptly feel into while trying to cross a series of boulders for a picture. Thankfully it was only my foot that bared the brunt of the icy cold water but for the rest of the day I had to walk around with a cold, wet sock and shoe. It's a miracle my foot didn't freeze off. 

The Kancamagus Hwy has a rich history that dates back to the Native American Tribes of the 1600's. The Kancamagus Highway was named after Passaconaway "Child of the Bear", the last sagamore, or chief, of the Pennacooks, a confederacy of 17 Native American tribes living in New Hampshire in the 17th century. Kancamagus translates to "The Fearless One" and was the grandson of Passaconaway. All along this stretch of beautiful road you will find informational postings about the area and it's history and we encourage you to stop and read them for a better appreciation of the land and it's founders. 

The next stop along our route was to visit the historic wooden Albany Covered Bridge. This bridge was built in 1858 above the boulder studded swift river and it's a sight to behold. Its one of the best covered bridges in New Hampshire and while you're visiting you can walk and drive across. 
This is definitely a spot you don't want to miss along the "Kanc". 

We got back on the road and after driving Bear Notch Rd and checking out the amazing vantage points it offers off the Kancamagus Hwy, we got back in the car for the next destination Sabbaday Falls.
This beautiful 0.7 mile hike is perfect for all skill levels and leads you around the upper and lower portions of Sabbaday Falls. It's important to note that this trail is only open in summer and fall and closed in the winter.

After driving along the Kanc we emerged at the end in Lincoln, NH where we were greeted by a beautiful sunset before settling in for the evening. 

Day 6 of our New England roadtrip can be seen here and you can view all posts on our New England Adventure here.

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