White Mountains New Hampshire Ride
The White Mountains are a wonderful place to escape, explore, most of all to ride your motorcycle and create unforgettable memories. The White Mountains cover about a quarter of New Hampshire and a portion of western Maine (covering about 3,440 sq. miles of outstanding motorcycle touring). They are part of the northern Appalachian Mountains. This location is pretty close to Pat and I about a 2.5 hr. drive from central Massachusetts where we live, and is one of our go to spots for a weekend getaway, or a long day trip. We absolutely love other parts of the North East as well and we will cover those adventures in other posts as I will be creating one for each of our adventures (Upstate NY – The Adirondack Mountains, Vermont, Main and Western MA – The Berkshires). For this post I will be focusing on the White Mountains NH & ME.
Let us use Lincoln NH as our starting point for this journey (starting out from US I-93 and NH 112 – Kancamagus Hwy.) this is near Loon Mountain Resort. The Kancamagus Hwy. is a very scenic drive (like all the roads in this area) and offers plenty of locations to pull off and take in the breath-taking views.
Riders Note: Be mindful of wildlife this region has a lot of Dear and Moose.
Along the Kancamagus Hwy. you can also take short hikes into the forest to see some spectacular sites, gorges, and waterfalls (Sabbady Falls, Rocky Gorge, and Champney Falls to name a few). Following the full length of the Kancamagus Hwy. will take you from Lincoln NH over to Conway NH for this ride we will be turning off the Kancamagus Hwy. onto Bear Notch Rd. (this road is closed in the winter from Dec – March). Bear Notch Rd. is a nice long swooping road through dense forest (also offering several places to pull off and take in the views).
At the end of Bear Notch Rd. take a Right onto NH-302 (Crawford Notch Rd) this will take you past Attitash Mountain Resort heading East/North East towards North Conway NH. You will come into a town called Glen NH with the intersection of Rt. 16 and 302. Take a Left onto Rt. 16 North – Pinkham Notch Rd. this will take you past Story Land (watch for families crossing the road to Story Land), this road will also take you to Mount Washington and the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern US (Elevation: 6,148’ and has erratic weather at the summit).
Riders Note: If venturing up the Mt. Washington Auto Road on a Motorcycle check in at the base lodge to check the weather at the summit, as I said the weather at the summit is very erratic. You will also want to be mindful of the road, most of it is paved but has sections with packed and loose gravel. It is very steep in places and unforgiving with steep drops off the shoulder. Take it slow stay safe and use low gears on your dissent as to not overheat your breaks.
Stay on Rt. 16 North until you reach Gorham NH (Rt. 16/Rt. 2 West will continue off to the left) we will be taking a Right onto Rt. 2 East and following that to Rt. 113 South. Rt. 113 is very much like Bear Notch Rd. This is a nice flat winding road running through dense forest with a river running along the roadside, nice road to find a place to pull off and take in the views or jump in the river to cool down if needed.
We will stay on Rt. 113 as it crosses over into Western Maine.
Riders Note: Once over the Maine state line Rt. 113 splits off into 113 & 113B (113B veers off to the Right) you want to stay Left on Rt. 113 (if you should take 113B don’t sweat it they end up in the same place).
When you get to the STOP sign where 113 and 113B join back up (at the Stow Corner Store) take a Left staying on Rt. 113 South (we are heading towards Fryeburg ME). Continue South on Rt. 113/N Fryeburg Rd, you will be looking for S Chatham Rd. (it will be on the Right you will see a little White Fire Station on the opposite corner). This road is very ruff watch for potholes. Don’t worry it is only ruff for a about 1mile, once you cross over back into NH the road is nice and smooth.
Riders Note: Don’t go like a Bat Out Of Hell when the road smooths out, you have a hard Left turn coming up.
Oh Man We Are Getting Close To One Of My Favorite Road In NH
I want to jump on my bike and go now…
HURRICANE MOUNTAIN RD
This road is NUTS and I LOVE IT
This road has a steep ascent and descent be cautious on this road and respect it. It is very narrow with trees, rocks, and drop-off shoulders. Some drivers take this road very fast, be mindful of oncoming vehicles, bicyclist, and pedestrians (particularly at the top). This is a very fun road (like being on a roller-coaster ride) to ride. It has whooped de whoops and tight turns that make it a very challenging ride. This is the type of road that ether you love it or it scares the hell out of you and you will avoid it like COVID (the plague of 2020/+) But if you love this kind of road (And I certainly do!) it is very addicting.
Okay back to our ride. As I mentioned that hard Left on S Chatham Rd. puts you back into NH and the road changes to Green Hill Rd. You will be on this road for about 8miles, and you will be looking for Hurricane Mountain Rd. on your Right. As we talked about be safe and heads up on this road – Have a blast I will see you on the other side.
Question for you all.
Have any of you ridden Hurricane Mountain Rd?
If “Yes” I would love to hear your take on it. (Please leave your take in the comments section)
Now that we have gotten over Hurricane Mountain lets keep going. We will be taking a left onto Rt. 302 S/16 S/White Mountain Highway (yup it is all 3 at once) this is just a short run (1mile) and then we will take a Right onto River Rd.
Riders Note: Fuel Up if you need to, we will be going back over the Kancamagus Highway and you will not see a fuel station for about another 50miles.
Riders Note: This rout will take us around the center drag of North Conway and avoiding all the traffic. If you prefer to go through town you can continue South on 302/16 (see the sights, get some food or ice-cream, go in the shops, what ever you like) and meet up with us down the road. If you do keep heading South until you get to Rt 112/Kancamagus Highway on the Right and follow that to the end we will meet you at the starting point back in Lincoln.
Okay lets get back onto River Rd. 1mile down the road we will be taking another Left onto West Side Rd. This is a nice way to avoid all the congestion in the center of town. About 5.4miles down the road we will be taking a Right on to Passaconaway Rd. Follow this to the end and it intersects back with Rt 112/Kancamagus Highway. We take a Right onto 112/Kancamagus Highway and take it back over to Lincoln.
I hope you enjoyed the ride.
I will be writing more posts like this one with other routes that you may enjoy for your next adventure.