The Kancamagus Highway started as two small roads. One in Lincoln and the other in Conway, New Hampshire.
These two roads were connected in 1959 after years of construction.
The Kancamagus passes through the heart of the White Mountains, filled with scenic vista's and attractions. The road meanders through a vast boreal forest for 34 miles. The Kancamagus Highway has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the United States Department of Transportation.
This site is not affiliated with the White Mountain National Forest.
The highway is named after Kancamagus (The Fearless One) a Native American who ruled the Sagamon people. In 1691 he made the decision to move his people to northern New Hampshire due to fighting with English Settlers. The mountains along the Kancamagus are named after some of the most ruthless residents of the time such as Kancamagus, Passaconaway, Wonalancet, Paugus and Chocorua. Surrounding towns also take the name of some of these mountains.
TheRussell Colbath Homesteadoffers a
glimpse into the life on a homestead and provides a sense of the struggle for survival and settlement in this remote mountain valley. A homestead typically consisted of a rustic dwelling, a small garden, and a barn for livestock. The Russell-Colbath Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is a wooden frame dwelling constructed between 1831 and 1832 by Thomas Russell and his son, Amzi.