07.10.2015 - 07.10.2015 28 °C
The Kagcamagus highway bisects the White Mountain National Forest and we aimed to drive the length of it today. We were handed a map and received some excellent advice from the visitor centre in Lincoln and then we were on our way.
First stop: Lincoln Woods Trail. This trail is the trailhead for the deep woods camping trails. We, however, hiked about ½ and hour in and then turned around. The trail followed an old railway path and was beautifully treed yet did not offer any other attractions, like water or obstacles to hike over.
We drove back into Lincoln for a lunch stop at Enzo's Pizzeria. Bud and I had calzones which were very authentic Italian and excellent, Nick and Carson had pizza, also excellent. I would recommend a stop here if you can.
The next stop on the highway was Otter Rocks which was a picnic area just off the highway. We spent a good 20 minutes just hanging out and walking on the rocks and in the shallow river. A very nice place for a picnic.
The highway winds up and down the mountain with scenic outlooks every so often. Hardly any traffic and a fun drive.
Sabadday Falls was the next recommended stop on our list. A short walk on a well groomed path took us to the bottom of the falls where some people were swimming. The falls themselves were very impressive with a several dramatic drops to the bottom.
We were only half way along the highway but it was turning to dinner time so we made one more stop at Rocky Gorge scenic area. The river has worn a path through the bedrock of this gorge and it is easy to see the geology. It was neat to do some walking but the river is too fast and dangerous to go in here.
Behind the river, the path leads to a quiet pond where we saw some salamanders in varies stages of development. If we stayed longer, I'm sure we would see a lot of wildlife show up. If we came back I'd like to walk the trail that circles the pond but we were hungry for dinner and it was a long ride back.
We had chicken Cesar salads for dinner and then a nice campfire to end our stay in New Hampshire.