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Today I’m going to start a New series on Exploring Sugar Hill NH.

Beaver Pond starting point

First as of last week we left Beaver pond better known as Kinsman Notch and across the ridge above you can travel the Appalachian trail. Oh and before you click away check out below for a current foliage report from the Kancamagus Highway!

Still mirror like fall foliage reflection

Still mirror like fall foliage reflection

Travel up 112 until you turn onto Route 116

After you leave the Beaver pond, please continue to travel 4.6 miles to route 116 taking the right hand turn. The next 5.4 miles will be very scenic and you will be in the outer edge of the White Mountain National Forest for most of it. Along the way, Route 116 will also become Easton Road and you can either take that or  follow my map  (below) and explore some more. Also you can download here a PDF that has the turns listed.

Route 116 through western White Mtns to Sugar Hill

Red barn in the morning fog

Red barn in the morning fog

fog surrounding a tree and fence

fog surrounding a tree and fence

One morning following 116 I did find this red barn attached to a wonderful white farmhouse. I pulled over as the sun was starting to burn off the morning fog. Behind me there was a tall maple tree and a white fence standing all alone and they were even more isolated as they were surrounded by fog..

This day will continue but what you see here will be many trips worth of images. I try to travel this route every autumn. Each time it delivers a different feeling of fall. Sometimes sunny and sometimes rainy. Either way I find it I fall in love with fall all over again.

Next we’ll look for Toad Hill road… That is a fun road name!

Kancamagus foliage report

Scott Snyder drove the “Kanc” today (18 Sept 2016) and he reports that he thinks it will be colorful in 2 weeks! I’m happy when Mother Nature don’t make me look too foolish… 1 October is usually the right time for the fall colors to really nice on the “Kanc”.

Kancamagus highway 18 Sept 2016

Kancamagus highway 18 Sept 2016

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Exploring Sugar Hill New Hampshire — 4 Comments

  1. Great Photo of Beaver Pond! The weather was so bad when my husband and I went last fall we almost got blown away lol! Luckily it cleared up and we followed 112 to 116 and kinda got lost. We eventually found ourselves at Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill. We also visited The Sampler Gift shop and Harman’s cheese before discovering Pearl Lake. The whole area is gorgeous! Even on a foggy, rainy day.

  2. Hi Jeff, Well, friends and I are on countdown to our big reunion here in NH – they coming from CA.,MN. KY, and I live
    Southern NH. We will be 4 days in Jackson area Oct. 13,14,15, and 16 – so toward the last days of color presumably,
    but with great hope there will be some. I thought you may have some suggestions of the best chance still catching
    some color up there on day drives. We are planning some of the more traditional White Mt. activities, Cog Rail etc.
    Thanks for anything at all you may offer. Priscilla

    • I think you’ll head south and west from there, I’m not sure how the Maine area will look but heading down to Conway should be nice and then on your way into the Cog you will see a road that says Jefferson Notch and while I haven’t been on this in years it my give you a great viewing experience. It’s a dirt road so be aware and no facilities.
      come down route 16 past Conway (two covered bridges) and down at Tamworth you could have a great viewing and exploring down there. Read all 6-8 articles I wrote this summer about Tamworth and the surrounding hills. You have squam lake below that and then over west to Plymouth and Rumney NH and then explore into VT. get the new VT/NH Gazetteers and check out all the lakes and ponds and then look for a small town to eat… explore on a full tank and a full stomach… 🙂

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