Scenic Drives in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee

SUNAPEE LOOP (approx. 140 miles)
You can start or end this circular loop in Greenfield, where you can join the Monadnock Region Loop
MONADNOCK REGION LOOP (approx. 80 miles)
A circular loop (with two cut-outs) through some of the most quintessentially New England towns in New Hampshire.

From Keene, which claims to have the widest Main Street in the world, head southeast on Rt. 101 to Marlborough, then south on Rt. 124, which takes you past Monadnock State Park to Jaffrey. East of Jaffrey, turn north on Rt. 123 to Peterborough, known for its lively cultural offerings, then onto Rt. 136 to Greenfield.

In Greenfield, turn west on Forest Road, which rejoins Rt. 123 in Hancock. Continue west on 123; west of Stoddard you can either continue on Rt. 123 to much-photographed Marlow and the junction of Rt. 12A south, which will take you back to Keene. Or you can take Rt. 10 south past Gilsum, where you can either turn west on Surrey Road to Gilsum Road to Rt. 12A, or you can follow Rt. 10 south to Keene.

From Greenfield, head north on Rt. 31 through Antrim and Hillsborough, past the Franklin Pierce Homestead (former home of the 14th U.S. President), through Windsor and Washington – which as one of the most beautiful village greens in New England – and past Pillsbury State Park

Just south of Goshen, you’ll join Rt. 10; continue on to Newport and Grantham, where you’ll turn on to Springfield Road, then Rt. 114 to Springfield. The route winds south through New London (home of Colby-Sawyer College), Sutton, Bradford and Henniker (also a college town with New England College right in the center of town).

In Henniker, turn east on Rt. 202/9 to Hopkinton, where you’ll pick up Jewel Rd./Rt. 13 through Goffstown to Rt. 136 (just north of New Boston), which leads back to Greenfield.

Scenic Byways

Enfield Shaker Village Scenic Byway
The Enfield Shaker Village Scenic Byway invites travelers to experience the path taken by the Enfield Shakers, passing by Mascoma Lake and onward towards Shaker Bridge, La Salette Shrine and the buildings and lands which once made up the Shaker Community.

The Enfield Shaker Village Scenic Byway invites travelers to experience the path taken by the Enfield Shakers, passing by Mascoma Lake and onward towards Shaker Bridge, La Salette Shrine and the buildings and lands which once made up the Shaker Community. The 3.2 mile route along Mascoma Lake connects visitors to cultural communities and natural scenery. Conservation areas around the lake, mountains, and forests along the corridor offer an ecological richness and diversity to be enjoyed by current and future generations. The diversity of the natural and cultural landscape provides visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities.

Connecticut River Byway 
This byway begins at Fourth Connecticut Lake near the Canadian border and follows the river the length of the western border of New Hampshire. Experience history, tradition, farming heritage and natural beauty.

Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway
Rtes. 103 and 11, Newbury to New London. Highlights include a state beach, wildlife refuge, scenic shoreline and year-round recreation.
The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway welcomes travelers seeking alternatives to the beaten path, linking several villages, each with a unique connection to the history and culture of the Lake Sunapee region. The 39-mile route encircles Lake Sunapee, connecting visitors to vibrant communities and natural scenery. The lakes, mountains, and forests offer striking vistas and a multitude of recreational opportunities. In the village centers, history and modern-day culture converge, where old buildings are adapted for new uses and the traditions of yesteryear are still observed.

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