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 Easy Hikes off the Kancamagus Highway

10 Easy Hikes on the Kancamagus Highway

February 05,2022 - By: D. Chandler - Building a simple shed guide

Name

Difficulty Length

Rocky Gorge Scenic Area Trail

Easy

0.1 Miles

Falls Pond Trail

Easy 1 Mile

Serendipity Loop Trail

Easy 2.3 Miles

Forest Discovery Trail

Easy 1.5 Miles

Franconia Falls Trail

Easy 6.8 Miles

Boulder Loop

Easy 2.8 Miles

Sabbaday Falls Trail

Easy 0.7 Miles

Swift River Lower Falls Trail

Easy 1.8 Miles

Lovequist Loop Trail

Easy 3.5 Miles

Sawyer River Trail

Easy 6.9 Miles

The Kancamagus Highway is full of scenic views both in the valley along the Swift River and Hancock Branch stream.  There also many hiking opportunities along the iconic highway.  Hiking trails off the Kancamagus Highway are at various lengths and skill levels including hikes to Mount Chocorua and Lincoln Woods Trail. 

We have chosen 10 Easy Hikes on the Kancamagus Highway that includes mountain vistas, waterfalls and scenic river settings.

 



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 Rocky Gorge - Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

1. Rocky Gorge Scenic Area Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  0.1 miles

The Rocky Gorge Scenic Area is located on the Kancamagus Highway.  It includes a paved walkway to a wooden bridge with steel supports spanning the Swift River.  This is an easy hike which is approximately 0.1 miles from the parking lot.  The trail is handicapped accessible and provide GORGEous views of the Swift River and the narrow passage called Rocky Gorge. 

This spot is a great area for photo opportunities both around the bridge area and the rocks around the gorge. 

Trailhead Directions

2. Falls Pond Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  1 mile

The Falls Pond Trail is a 1-mile loop around Falls Pond accessible from the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.  The trail has a slight incline but enjoys beautiful view of the mountain pond, forest and surrounding mountains.  This is a popular place for picnicking and fishing. 

During the winter months, the trail is frequented as a cross-country ski trail with a frozen pond and the landscape draped with snow.

Trailhead Directions

Sabbaday Waterfalls - Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire img
 Sabbaday Waterfalls - Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

3. Serendipity Loop Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  2.3 miles

This trail is a loop trail that follows along the East Branch Pemigewasset River and Hancock Branch showcasing beautiful river views and a stunning forest.  During the spring months you can find a variety of colorful mushrooms and fresh ferns along the trail and river.  The trail loops back around through the forest with a moderate elevation gain of 187 feet.

This is a great trail for a leisurely stroll or short family hiking outing.

Trailhead Directions

4. Forest Discovery Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  1.5 miles

The Forest Discovery Trail is a 1.5 mile informative trail with many narrative boards about the various stages of forest development.  The trail is rated as easy and includes limited elevation gain of 180 feet.  This self-guided tour explains the forest types, description of tree species and the types of animals that make their home within the woods. 

The Forest Discovery Trail offers a well-rounded opportunity to explore the many facets of the forest.  Learn about the various types of trees and what they are used for, various wildflowers as well as the wildlife of the forest.

This is a great place to make your Kancamagus Highway experience an educational one.

Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be on a leash.

Trailhead Directions

5. Franconia Falls Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  6.8 miles

This is a heavily trafficked trail located at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead.  The trail is 6.8 in and out with beautiful views of the mountains, the rivers & streams, a suspension bridge and the Franconia Waterfalls.  This trail is mostly flat with a minimal elevation gain of 300 feet making it an easy stroll through the White Mountains.

The trail follows the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and Franconia Brook ending at Franconia Falls. 

Franconia Falls is a series of small waterfalls, granite smooth slab rocks, various sizes of pools for swimming and wading pools.  This area includes a 20 foot rock slide with a 8 foot deep pool below.  It is a refreshing natural wonder spot to observe the maze of waterflows.

Trailhead Directions

6. Boulder Loop

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  2.8 miles

Boulder Loop Trail is a loop trail that is popular in the area.  Located on the North Conway end of the Kancamagus Highway, this trail features large boulders, forest views and several ledges with excellent views.  The trailhead is just off the Kancamagus Highway on Passaconaway Road.

Dogs are allowed on the trail but need to be on a leash.

Trailhead Directions

 

7. Sabbaday Falls Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  0.7 miles

The Sabbaday Falls Trail is an in and out trail to the Sabbaday Waterfalls.  This is a heavily trafficked short packed gravel trail down to the falls.

Trailhead Directions

 

8. Swift River Lower Falls Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  1.8 miles

The Swift River Lower Falls trail is an easy hike from the Albany Covered Bridge.  This trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail with scenic sites along the Swift River.  The elevation gain of this trail is 101 feet and is well trafficked with many spots to explore the river. 

The Swift River Lower Falls is a broad falls with a 10 foot drop. 

The trail includes small foot bridges and features forest views and river views with many riverside rock perches as well as small pools with whitewater.  During the spring and summer there are a variety of mushrooms along the trail.

Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be on a leash.

Trailhead Directions

9. Lovequist Loop Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  3.5 miles

The Lovequist Loop Trail is 3.5 miles loop trail which starts at the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area and continues next to the Falls Pond.  From here, the loop trail travels along the Swift River and then turns towards the ridge above.  From the upper elevation, you can see over Falls Pond and the Swift River.

Dogs are allowed on the trail with a leash.

Trailhead Directions

10. Sawyer River Trail

Difficulty:  Easy

Length:  6.9 miles

The Sawyer River Trail of the Kancamagus Highway west of the Sugar Hill Scenic Vista.  This trail shadows the Sawyer River and exhibits many nature sites along the river.  The trail includes wooden foot bridges, natural forest passages, unnamed waterfalls and marshy areas.

Dogs are allowed on the trail if on a leash. 

Trailhead Directions

The Kancamagus Highway contains a wealth of exploration opportunities including several hiking trails at all skill levels.  Check back with us as will be adding more easy hiking trails off the highway with photos and tips along the way.



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