A brief, not-too-strenuous hike of less than half a mile is required to view the narrow flume and series of picturesque waterfalls that make up Sabbaday Falls, one of the Kanc's most popular stops. Back on the highway, your ears may start to pop as you begin the ascent of Mount Kancamagus. Watch for the Sugar Hill, Pemigewasset, and Hancock Overlooks, which all provide a place to park and to appreciate the ruggedly handsome terrain. At first glance, the mountaintops seem to be sporting buzz cuts, but further observation will reveal the articulated pine line of individual evergreens standing proudly atop granite summits. Big Rock Campground is home to another old-fashioned swimming hole, known as Upper Lady's Bath.
The Kancamagus Highway descends into Lincoln, home of the Loon Mountain Ski Area and several family attractions. Most notable is Clark's Trading Post and its beloved trained bears. In fact, these bears are so well trained, and well fed, that even if they somehow managed to wander off for "a little while," you can bet it wouldn't be forty-two years before they returned.
Excerpted from "Backroads of New England," a coffee table and guide book featuring directions, narrative, maps, and photography for 30 scenic drives in New England. Text © 2004 by Kim Knox Beckius. Published by Voyageur Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
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