The Kancamagus runs from Lincoln to Conway, passing through the most breathtaking scenery in the state. Kancamagus means "The Fearless One" in the language of the Penacook tribe.
The history of the Kancamagus Highway dates back to the convergence of two small town roads in the 1830's and back to Indian times before that. This 34 mile long road has been open to vehicles since 1959. The US Forest Service began collecting user fees in the White Mountain National Forest some years back and has steadily been making improvements in comfort facilities and scenic viewing stations along the roadway.
One of the best place to see foliage in the United States, the Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for "Its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture."
There are many tremendous scenic areas along the route, and the access to Sabbaday Falls is wheelchair accessible. The Historic Russell-Colbath Homestead serves as a museum that gives a glimpse of mountain living in the 1830's and the grounds can be used for weddings and other events by reservation.
There are six campgrounds along the Kancamagus:
• Hancock Campground
• Big Rock Campground
• Passaconaway Campground
• Jigger Johnson Campground (the only one with shower facilities)
• Blackberry Crossing Campground
• Covered Bridge Campground
The highway's website has a wealth of information from historical information, to activities, restaurants and lodging along the way. You are not really a tourist... or a Granite Stater until you've travelled the Kancamagus Highway.