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White Mountain Trail and National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park, Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, New Hampshire

The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is a forest contained within the White Mountains in the northeastern United States. It was initially established in 1918. It has a total area of 784,505 acres and is perfect for outdoor activities. From mid-September to mid-October the forest takes on a whole new hue or hues. The White Mountains' peaks are higher than 4000 feet and Mt. Washington at over 6000 feet is one of the strangest mountain peaks in the world. It is here that the fastest ever natural wind (231mph) was recorded on earth.

Franconia Notch State Park lies north of Lincoln on I-93 and is a great place to hike, take a cog train or fly through the air across mountains. Flume Gorge offers a 2 mile hike over covered bridges, waterfalls, scenic pools and magnificent mountain views. It is on Rt, 3, Exit 34A from I-93. The entry fee is $13 but get a Discovery Pass for $24 and it covers the Cannon Aerial Tramway too. The 80 passenger aerial tramway whisks you above timberline to the 4200 foot summit for views into Maine, Vermont and even Canada. Visit the Old Man of the Mountain museum.

We stayed at the Stonybrook Motel and Lodge, run by Gujarati's Mike and Kelly and helped by Mr.Kanti Patel. It was ranked one of the best places to stay in the White Mountains.

The Kancamagus highway is a scenic byway that was completed in 1959 after two dead-end stretches of road were connected, runs from the Pemigewasset River in Lincoln, and along the Swift River from Kancamagus Pass, at an elevation of 2,855 feet (870 m), to New Hampshire Route 16 in Conway. It is by far the most beautiful road we have driven in.

2 days isn't enough in the White Mountains, there certainly is enough to do for 4 days. Plan ahead.

White Mountain National Forest, NH
White Mountain National Forest, NH
Mount Liberty, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Mount Liberty, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Mount Liberty from Franconia Notch, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Mount Liberty from Franconia Notch, White Mountain National Forest, NH
View of the Presidential Range from Mount Cannon, White Mountain National Forest, NH
View of the Presidential Range from Mount Cannon, White Mountain National Forest, NH
White Mountain folds, White Mountain National Forest, NH
White Mountain folds, White Mountain National Forest, NH
An apt name for the White Mountains, White Mountain National Forest, NH
An apt name for the White Mountains, White Mountain National Forest, NH
New Hampshire - Fall is peak season, White Mountain National Forest, NH
New Hampshire - Fall is peak season, White Mountain National Forest, NH
End of September fall foliage, White Mountain National Forest, NH
End of September fall foliage, White Mountain National Forest, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Lincoln-Sentinel Pine covered bridge, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Lincoln-Sentinel Pine covered bridge, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Lincoln-Flume covered bridge, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Lincoln-Flume covered bridge, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Fall colors, New Hampshire, 2009, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Fall colors, New Hampshire, 2009, Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park bridge and falls, NH
Franconia Notch State Park bridge and falls, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Echo Lake and Road network, Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Echo Lake and Road network, Franconia Notch State Park, NH - fall colors
Echo Lake from Cannon Aerial Tramway, NH
Echo Lake from Cannon Aerial Tramway, NH
Echo lake, White Mountains, NH
Echo lake, White Mountains, NH
Ski slopes at Echo Lake, White Mountains, NH
Ski slopes at Echo Lake, White Mountains, NH
Roots above ground, White Mountains, NH
Roots above ground, White Mountains, NH
Fall colors in the White Mountains, NH
Fall colors in the White Mountains, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, Fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Franconia Notch State Park, Fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Franconia Notch State Park - Avalanche Falls, White Mountains, NH
Franconia Notch State Park - Avalanche Falls, White Mountains, NH
Franconia Notch State Park - Flume Gorge, NH
Franconia Notch State Park - Flume Gorge, NH
Franconia Notch State Park waterfalls, NH
Franconia Notch State Park waterfalls, NH
Franconia Notch State Park waterfalls, NH
Franconia Notch State Park waterfalls, NH
River winds in Franconia Notch State Park, NH
River winds in Franconia Notch State Park, NH
Stonybrook Motel and Lodge scenery, White Mountains, NH
Stonybrook Motel and Lodge scenery, White Mountains, NH
Hiking trail, White Mountains, NH
Hiking trail, White Mountains, NH
Cannon Aerial Tramway, White Mountains, NH
Cannon Aerial Tramway, White Mountains, NH
Cannon Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch, NH
Cannon Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch, NH
Fall Colors, New Hampshire - Kancamagus Highway - Lower falls, White Mountains, NH
Fall Colors, New Hampshire - Kancamagus Highway - Lower falls, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - Lower falls, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - Lower falls, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - Swift River, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - Swift River, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - fall foliage, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - fall foliage, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - the pool, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway - the pool, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
Kancamagus Highway, fall colors, White Mountains, NH
New Hampshire town, White Mountains, NH
New Hampshire town, White Mountains, NH
Old Man of the Mountain photo - fell in May 2003, White Mountains, NH
Old Man of the Mountain photo - fell in May 2003, White Mountains, NH