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by 850prc

Just outside Conway, NH, you can pick up New Hampshire highway 112, otherwise known of as the Kancamagus Highway. The locals call it the Kank. If you love the great outdoors, hiking trails, beautiful foliage, blue lakes and just lots of fresh air, you should travel the Kank.

The Kank departs the Conway area, turning west from Highway 16 and meanders some 40 miles to near Lincoln, NH (and interstate 93). It slices through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest and also pierces parts of two state parks (Franconia Notch and Echo Lake). There are dozens of incredible vistas and photo ops along the way. It's a great road for biking enthusiasts (not me) and if hiking is your bag (me), there are multiple options of varying degree and length along the way. (We did the Boulder Mountain Loop, a bit challenging but oh so gorgeous - a good workout for a couple of 50 somethings like Bonnie and me). And other than a few "honor system" $3 park payments here or there, most of the ride is free.

I highly suggest that you drive the Kank.... start at Conway and time it out for a late lunch near Lincoln. (there are several nice choices there - seafood, deli, burgers, etc.) About the ONLY thing the Kank does NOT have is service stations. Make sure you have enough gas to complete the journey when you start. There are signs warning you that there is "no gasoline for the next 40 miles", so it shouldn't sneak up on you. :)

BTW, once you leave Lincoln, I'd suggest taking I-93 South and then slipping off on Highways 104/25 heading back east and north. It goes along the edge of beautiful Lake Winnapesaukee.

Address: New Hampshire Highway 112 E/W
Directions: Runs from Conway (Highway 16) to near Lincoln, NH (I-93)

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  • Updated Oct 31, 2010
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