River Heritage Tour
DISTANCE: 120 Miles
HIGHLIGHTS: Superb Views, River Recreation, Agricultural Heritage, Period Architecture, Natural Wonders.
WOODSTOCK/PLYMOUTH. The 120 mile loop begins at US 3 in North Woodstock. Traveling south along US 3 and NH 175, you’ll come to the road to Waterville Valley, a popular winter and summer resort. This southern area of the White Mountain National Forest also offers many hiking and recreational opportunities. Continuing south into Plymouth, you’ll cross the Pemigewasset River and head into the downtown area. Here you’ll find Plymouth State College, a state institution with about 4000 students.
WARREN/HAVERHILL. Traveling on NH 25 you’ll pass through country areas and small rural towns. By Warren you’ll enjoy commanding views of Mount Moosilauke. As you head towards the Connecticut River along NH 25C toward NH 10, you’ll pass through the small town of Piermont and head into Haverhill. The town of Haverhill contains 7 uniquely different villages and offers excellent examples of Federal-era buildings.
WOODSVILLE TO KINSMAN NOTCH/ WOODSTOCK. As you head to the Connecticut River, you’ll notice the increasingly important role agriculture plays in the area. There are 3 covered bridges in this section that are among the oldest and longest in New Hampshire; Woodsville (Route 135), Bath (Routes 10/135), and Swiftwater (Route 112). Heading north to Woodsville, you can either drive along US 302/NH 10 through scenic This route provides views of mountain scenery, working farms and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Along the way you’ll pass quintessential New England towns and resorts, as well as forests where you can take advantage of many recreational opportunities. views of nearby mountain ranges and the historic tourist towns of Bath, Lisbon and Franconia, or take a more direct route back on NH 112 to North Woodstock. Along this section of NH 112 the traveler will enjoy views of Kinsman Notch and Mount Moosilauke. The views along this roadway rival those found along the Kancamagus Highway.
Lakes Region Association 603-744-8664;
Waterville Valley Chamber of Commerce, 800-237-2307;
White Mountain Visitor Center, 603-745-8720;
Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, 800-227-4191;
Franconia-Easton-Sugar Hill Chamber of Commerce, 603-823-5661.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
NH Office of State Planning, Scenic and Cultural Byways Program
2 1/2 Beacon Street, Concord, NH 03301 (603) 271-2155