New Hampshire may be known for its beautiful White Mountains, but they are also known for their covered bridges and hiking trails that surround the beautiful landscape.
Bath, New Hampshire
Bath, New Hampshire is home to the oldest continually operated general store, The Brick Store, which has been open since 1790. The Brick Store contains New Hampshire’s own smokehouse meats and cheeses, homemade fudge, gift packages and gift baskets, maple syrup, and much more.
Next to The Brick Store is the Bath’s historic covered bridge built in 1832. The Bath Bridge is the longest covered bridge still standing in NH at 375.3 feet long. This is the fifth bridge to be built at this location. The others were destroyed by floods and a fire. With a constant need for a bridge to be placed in this location, it was rebuilt where the current bridge stands.
Outside Bath, NH lays Swiftwater Bridge. This is the fourth bridge to be built across the Wild Ammonooscu River, with the previous three destroyed by floods. The bridge was built in 1849, and rebuilt in 1947 due to structural damages and erosion.
Franconia Notch State Park
A few miles north of Lincoln, New Hampshire lays Franconia Notch State Park. One of the most beloved natural attractions of the park was the Old Man of the Mountain stone face. The Old Man fell after a spring snow storm in May 2003. Although the face is no longer there, thousands of people each year travel to see where the Old Man once hung. The Old Man of the Mountain still lives on the state emblem where he may still be seen today.
Flume Bridge, located in the Franconia Notch State Park, was built in 1871. There is a lot of controversy on the original location and many sources provide two different dates of origin. This bridge does charge an admission fee and is open early May through late October.
A great place for all hiking abilities is on the Wilderness Trail. Located on the west side of the Pemigewasset River, this trail runs over 3 miles to Black Pond. The east side has an abandoned railroad bed that is great for mountain biking. The two trails are linked by fording the river where the rail bed is crossed by a gate. The landscape is a wonderful sight, so don’t forget your camera!
Highway 112 through the White Mountains is a very scenic highway and has many places to stop and explore or to camp. There are a wide variety of hiking trails in this area and many places along the trail to stop, park and take in the views. The Kancamagus Highway is a “must-see” if you’re going to be visiting the White Mountain National Forest near Lincoln, NH.