Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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We had already planned on not waking up to an alarm today and to sleep in, and we did just that. After eventually getting up and baking some cinnamon rolls, we packed up and headed out. It was after noon till we got out of the campground, but it was nice to have a slow morning. We didn't have exact plans for today, except to drive the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112). It is a really scenic drive through the White Mountain National forest. There are a bunch of pullovers for picnic areas, trails, overlooks, waterfalls, etc.
We first stopped at the ranger station in Conway to see if they had any more information on the area that we didn’t have. They really didn’t, except there were a couple of maps we didn’t have that showed the trails and gave distances
Then we got on our way. Our first stop was the Albany Covered Bridge. The 120’ long truss bridge with an added arch was rebuilt in 1858 after the original blew down the year before. Apparently there are a bunch of covered bridges in this area, we will probably see a few more while we are here.
We then headed down the road to the Lower Falls scenic area. It was really nice out today, so there were people sunbathing and swimming in these gentle falls. It was also nice enough for Jen to showcase one of her new sundresses.
We continued down the highway and stopped next at Falls Pond. We started out to the trail that looped around Falls Pond. The trail first followed the river, then crossed over at a pretty cool rapid section, then wound up in through the woods to the pond, then looped around the pond. We started the walk and got to the pond. We decided to walk the loop. After only walking a little ways around, we had to go up a couple hills so that’s when we decided to not walk the whole way around, as we are still recuperating from yesterday
We drove down the road to the next area called Sabbaday Falls. There was a picnic area next to the river (the water we have been paralleling/visiting is the Swift river) so we made some lunch and sat outside to enjoy the nice weather. Nash has been able to enjoy everything with us as well today, which is great because he was cooped up all day yesterday. After we ate, we planned on taking the .3 mile trail to the Falls, but it was closed due to damage caused by the hurricane/tropical storms lately. We had really hoped to see more/grander falls, so it was a bummer it was closed.
From there we drove to the Kancamangus Overlook, which is on the east side of the Kancamangus Pass. We had a nice view over the valley and got some nice pictures then continued on.
Our final stop was at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center. The other day the park ranger talked about the Lincoln Woods trail to Franconia Falls, so we decided to do it. She (the ranger) said you could bike it, so that was really our plan. However when we got there, we saw that it was really for pedestrians only. It was an old logging road that had a railway system on it