2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway Self-Guided Tour
The spectacular autumn leaves of the Kancamagus scenic byway are world-renowned. The Kancamagus Highway runs through New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. The vibrant leaves displays make “The Kanc” the ultimate scenic road trip during the fall season – or any season! What causes the vibrant colors? Who was the eponymous Chief Kancamagus? Where can you stop for the best views? What is the connection of great Americans with Kancamagus? Learn all about the Kancamagus as you drive along with this self-guided tour.
About the Tour
Drive the Kancamagus Scenic Highway, beginning in Lincoln’s tiny New Hampshire town. Get a glimpse into the history of the town and the Old Man in the mountain as you start your journey into the beautiful landscape of the White Mountains.
Hear the traditional Pennacook legend of a great celestial bear and the hunt which changes the seasons; then, you’ll stop by Otter Lake and get some helpful tips about moose spotting and birdwatching in this vibrant wilderness.
As you head toward the jaw-dropping views from Hancock Overlook, we’ll fill you in on how these staggering mountains formed in the first place and tell you all about Chief Osceola, a cultural hero around these parts and the namesake for Osceola Mountain.
You’ll get your first good look at the famous Mount Washington shortly after that and learn the significance of this mountain to the Pennacook tribe. Continuing, more overlooks will offer unbeatable views of the mountains and the blazingly beautiful fall foliage if it’s the right time of year.
On your way to the glittering Sabbaday Falls, you’ll hear about the astonishing accomplishment that was the Pennacook Confederacy and the chief who made it all happen. You’ll also pass by the Russell-Colbath House, a perfectly preserved bit of history and the site of a mysterious disappearance.
Next on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway self-guided tour, you’ll stop at the lovely cascading falls within the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area and drive across a 200-year-old wooden bridge that’s just begging to be photographed.
Finally, you’ll get the juicy details on an unlikely war between the Rockefellers and a bunch of beavers, the decline of the Pennacook, and the Saco River Curse. You’ll end up at the Saco Ranger Station in Conway with a carload of new memories and plenty of history!
Starting from White Mountains Visitor Center: 200 NH-112, North Woodstock, NH 03262
Starting from Conway: Saco Ranger Station, 33 Kancamagus Hwy, Conway, NH 03818, USA
What You'll See
Welcome: White Mountains Visitor Center
Otter Rocks Day Use Area
Turn for Hancock Overlook
Mount Hancock & Mount Washington
CL Graham Wangan Overlook
Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
Albany Covered Bridge
Conclusion: Conway’s Saco Ranger Station
Preview the Tour
Stop 1 : Welcome: White Mountains Visitor Center
Stop 10 - Mount Osceola
Stop 17 : Sabbaday Falls
Stop 22 : Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
Stop 23 : Albany Covered Bridge
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
No Network Needed
The tour works offline which means you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we do suggest you download the tour at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc before you head out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket.