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White Mountain Trail

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 71 miles / 114.3 km
  • Ride Time: 2-4 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $5.40
  • State: New Hampshire
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White Mountain Trail
New Hampshire

Take a drive through a landscape unspoiled by over-development when you travel the White Mountain Trail of New Hampshire. Enjoy the uninterrupted mountain and river views, wetlands, and woodlands that captured the imagination of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and inspired landscape artist Thomas Cole. Despite the passage of time since the days of Cole and Hawthorne, this New England rural area remains beautiful.

Take time to discover the history of the White Mountain Trail. Parts of it have been used for centuries, as attested by the charming 18th and 19th Century buildings you will see along the way. The railroad also helped to shape this area and made possible the lumber industry which spurred the development of many towns in the region, such as Bartlett, Conway Village, and North Conway. Be sure not to miss the amazing Frankenstein Trestle, which supports railroad tracks below the cliff in Crawford Notch and still makes observers gasp.

Towards the beginning of the 20th Century, the creation of the National Forests coincided with the dawning of the automobile age, assuring Americans an opportunity to vacation a world away from the 'citied world,' yet within driving distance of the great Eastern cities. Since then, recreational pursuits enjoyed here have grown from hiking, fishing, and sightseeing to include downhill and cross-country skiing, camping, mountain biking, leaf-peeping, and antique hunting. You can also enjoy just about anything 'outdoorsy' under these towering granite cliffs and soaring mountains.

Best Time to Drive
The roads on the major portion of the loop (Routes 302, 16, 3, I-93 and 112) are open year round.
High Season
Summer and Winter
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This is a motorcycle ride in the state of New Hampshire. This motorcycle route has 9 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by OpenRoadRider in March. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by OpenRoadRider

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesUrban/ResidentialParksFall ColorsLakesForestMountainsRuralFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Straight RoadSweeping Curves RoadHillyLight Traffic

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

Birdman says:

We included this route on our first road trip. We trailored to Indian Head resort, nice hotel, restaurant & Bar. We took Rt 3 to 112 Kancamagus Hy over to Bear Notch to Rt 16 up to Mt Washington Rd. My wife did not want to go up but I sure wanted to. On 302 heading back to Franconia Notch you must drive up and check out the Mt Washington Hotel its pretty wild
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM


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