The Kancamagus Highway is a 34-mile road in NH featuring waterfalls, hiking trails, and spectacular scenery. Fellas, if you’re looking for a new adventure, bring your girl(s) here. Ladies, if you’re looking for a new sunbathing spot to relax and get away from it all… this is it.

There’s 2 things in this world that I’m a fan of. Pizza and tacos. But I’ll tell you what, by the end of the summer, waterfalls might move their way up to a 3-way, gold medal tie. It’s hard to beat a day trip to this place.

Also, one last thing – make sure you fill up your tank – there’s no gas for 34 miles and don’t pull what I did and have to call AAA when it’s getting dark. Might be the most terrifying thing that’s ever happened to me. All I could think of was that I’d end up in some weird hill village in the middle of the woods like the movie “The Hills Have Eyes.” Do yourself a solid and fill up before you get to the Kancamagus Highway!

1. Lower Falls

-Swimming when the water is low

-Picnics (has outdoor grills)

-Bathrooms available near the parking lot

Kancamagus Highway - Lower Falls - Date Seat
Photo: Heather Applegate

Kancamagus Highway - Lower Falls - Date Seat

 

2. Sabbaday Falls

-Viewing the falls from above – 45′ drop (the hiking trail leads to a bridge for viewing)

-Swimming permitted at the bottom of the falls

-Picnics (has outdoor grills)

-Bathrooms available near the parking lot

Kancamagus Highway - Sabbaday - Date Seat
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Kancamagus Highway - Sabbaday - Date Seat
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Kancamagus Highway - Sabbaday - Date Seat
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Kancamagus Highway - Sabbaday - Date Seat
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3. Champney Falls

-Hiking – 2.5 hour roundtrip – 1,285′ elevation to the falls

70-foot-long cascading rocks 

Good viewing when the water is flowing (water typically only trickles during drier weather)

Kancamagus Highway - Champey Falls - Date Seat
Photo: Jeb Fisher
Kancamagus Highway - Champey Falls - Date Seat
Photo: Jeb Fisher

 

4. Rocky Gorge

-Easy hiking over a footbridge that leads to a viewing area

-10′ drop through the gorge

-Picnic area with bathrooms available 

Kancamagus Highway - Rocky Gorge - Date Seat - newenglandwaterfalls
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Kancamagus Highway - Rocky Gorge - Date Seat - newenglandwaterfalls
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Kancamagus Highway - Rocky Gorge - Date Seat - newenglandwaterfalls
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