Scenic New Hampshire – Statewide ideas on how to spend your next New Hampshire vacation. Travel Ideas, Lodging, and year-round activities for your enjoyment in New Hampshire.

Scenic New Hampshire

Scenic drives in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire.

GREAT NORTH WOODS RIDE (approx. 120 miles)
Less populated, with many opportunities to see wildlife including moose, black bear and deer this section of New Hampshire is a must-see for nature lovers. From Gorham, go north on Rt. 16 to Berlin, a historic mill city.

Here you can start a loop by continuing on Rt. 16 through Milan and the beautiful Thirteen Mile Woods to Errol, where you’ll turn west on Rt. 26 through Dixville Notch, past the famous Balsams Resort, to Colebrook; this stretch is curvaceous and spectacularly scenic.

At Colebrook, turn south on Rt. 3 and stop at the Shrine of our Lady of Grace ; then continue, following the winding Connecticut River.

In Groveton, turn east on Rt. 110 to Stark, famous for its picture-perfect covered bridge, and back to Berlin.

Mahoosuc Touring Map

Also located in the Great North Woods is the Mahoosuc region, which stretches from the White Mountain National Forest and Nash Stream State Forest in eastern New Hampshire to the lakes and high peaks of Maine’s Western Mountains.

The Mahoosuc Initiative has published a touring map and guide to the Mahoosuc region: Spectacular Scenic Touring Loop in the Mahoosucs: 100-mile Adventure in NH and ME. It includes a full listing of area visitor services, Chambers of Commerce, natural and historic areas, forests and parks, trails, campgrounds, outfitters, 4-season recreation areas, and other businesses of interest to visitors. You can view the map online here.

Scenic Byways

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.

Moose Path Trail
Rte. 16 north from Gorham to Errol; Rte. 26 to Dixville Notch to Rte. 3 north to Pittsburg. This wilderness byway is ideal for the outdoor enthusiast.

Woodland Heritage Trail
U.S. 3, Lancaster to Northumberland; Rte. 110 to Stark to NH 110A to Rte. 110B, Milan; Rte. 16 south to Berlin and Gorham; Rte. 2 west to Lancaster. Circles the northern most section of the White Mountain National Forest.