How many roads qualify as a scenic drive?
In my book, there are INFINITE numbers that qualify as a scenic drive in New England. Most of you are only considering those few roads that are a continuous roller coaster of fall colors. I consider all the “other” roads, streets and thoroughfares that crisscross New England as scenic drives also.
Sometimes the views are tangled up with people’s backyards or power lines are in the way. But! if you persevere you will find the gems hidden in the rough. Well today I’m going to continue to explore Tamworth NH and we’ll see if you agree that this scenic drive is another one or several…
Tamworth and routes 113 & 113A & Fowlers Mill rd.
First if you started out on 113 and are over at the Cenotaph (see my last article) then please turn around and go back to Route 16. Across route 16 at the intersection of 113, you will see the post office. I usually park there and IF… its early you won’t get yelled at before they are open (9AM, also don’t park next to the building but further away).
Historic wooden dam
Cross over to the park and the small pond and you will see steps down to a small park below. Also you will hear a low rumbling. You see, Lake Chocorua feeds into this pond which then flows over the lip of the A-Frame dam at the edge of the park causing the noise.
This Dam was built by Charles Bowditch of Boston in 1889, (I wonder if he was a son/grandson of Salem’s famous Nathaniel Bowditch???).
The Dam was almost lost but for the perseverance of interested local residents. Last year I stopped when I was driving by on my way to Lake Chocorua. I was shocked by all the changes and if you need to stop and stretch your legs, this is a great place to do it.
So down the steps you go and explore. There is a small island in the stream that has a hooped wooden bridge that is very scenic and another walking bridge closer to the dam so you can explore both sides of the bank.
If you are careful you can climb up on the rock wall and photograph the fall foliage reflections on the surface of the pond. It was hit or miss as far as the sun was concerned this day. and to me the reflections of the fall foliage colors and houses is just fine when it’s lightly overcast.
I spent a while on the rock wall trying to catch a red maple leaf flowing over the edge of the dam. It took me a while but I did get one.
Is this the most scenic place all day? not really but if you spend a little time here you will sharpen your composition skills because the rest of the articles in this area are mostly big mountain vistas. Plus sitting on a bench here is very relaxing.
From here you jump back in the car and you will pick up your next portion of the scenic drive on Route 113 but don’t go to far because we’re going to make a… But that portion of this scenic drive will have to wait for the next installment… 🙂
This will give you an idea of what a single day looks like to me and this didn’t include Eaton or Center Sandwich… Maybe I’ll add them to this map. But todays article only covers the letter “H” on the map. I haven’t even added the next two or three stops on the map yet… 🙂Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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