South of North Conway Village, Route 16 climbs Pine Hill. A pullout on the right (61.4) affords a wonderful view of the Saco River, Cathedral and White Horse Ledges (to the west of North Conway) and Mt. Washington. A bit farther on (62.8) is a side road to the Saco Covered Bridge; you can see the Bridge from Route 16 (63.4). At the junction of Routes 16 and 113 (63.6), bear right, and go through the lights south through Conway Village, past the Conway Village Information Center (64.1), and over the railroad tracks. Turn right at the light onto Route 112, the Kancamagus Highway (64.4).
Kancamagus Hwy from Conway to Lincoln (Mile 64-100) :
Interpretive Sites: Saco Ranger Station and Russell-Colbath House - near Conway on the Kancamagus Highway. Natural & Historic Points of Interest: Watchable Wildlife, Swift River, Dugway Picnic Area, Albany Covered Bridge, Passaconway Historic Site, Hancock & Pemi Overlook, Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, Lower Falls Swimming Area and Picnic Area, Greeley Ponds Scenic Area.
Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular sections of the White Mountains Trail is the Kancamagus highway (a National Scenic Byway) runs for 34.5 miles from Conway in the east to Lincoln in the west. Known as "the Kanc" -what locals call the Kancamagus-traverses the White Mountain National Forest, it crosses the flank of Mt Kancamagus and climbs to nearly 3000 feet, providing dramatic views. Along its length are hiking trails, federally designated Scenic Areas, and stunning overlooks. For more information about the "Kanc" and the many pull-offs; parking areas; hiking and walking trails; scenic views and services along it, stop at the Saco Ranger Station (64.5).
The highway was named for an early Indian Chief of the Penacook Confederacy, Kancamagus, who tried to keep the peace between his people and the white settlers. Repeated harassment by the English ended his efforts, bringing war and bloodshed. In early 1690's the Confederacy tribes scattered, and Kancamagus and his followers moved on, either to northern New Hampshire or Canada.
Passaconaway, grandfather of Kancamagus, originally united over 17 Indian tribes of central New England into the Penacook Confederacy in 1627. The rich flat land 12 miles from Conway is named for him. This community was first settled about 1790. Today the Russell-Colbath House is the only remaining 19th century homestead in the area, and serves as an US Forest Service Information Center.
There are campgrounds along the Kancamagus, including one by the Albany Covered Bridge (70.6); wonderful places to swim and picnic, such as Frog Rock Swimming Hole (66.6), Lower Falls Scenic Area (71.3) and Rocky Gorge (73.1), Champney Falls (75.0), and Sabbaday Falls (79.9). At the Russell Colbath House Historic Site (77.1), see how 19th century settlers lived, and explore the Rail n' River nature trail. Just past the historic site is a major moose wallow (77.7); followed by Jigger Johnson Campground (78.7); Sabbaday Falls; the Sugar Hill scenic overlook (81.9); and Lily Pond (83.8).