New Hampshire Scenic Drive: White Mountain Trail

The beautiful, rugged White Mountain Trail offers dramatic scenery, resort towns, waterfalls, woodland trails -- all backed by an interesting history.

Take a drive through a landscape unspoiled by overdevelopment when you travel the White Mountain Trail of New Hampshire. Enjoy the uninterrupted mountain and river views, wetlands, and woodlands that captured the imagination of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne and inspired landscape artist Thomas Cole. Despite the passage of time since the days of Hawthorne and Cole, this rural New England area remains beautiful.

Take time to discover the history of the White Mountain Trail. Parts of it have been used for centuries, as attested by the charming 18th and 19th-century buildings you will see along the way.

The railroad also helped to shape this area and made possible the lumber industry, which spurred the development of many towns in the region, such as Bartlett, Conway and North Conway. Be sure not to miss the amazing Frankenstein Trestle, which supports railroad tracks below the cliff in Crawford Notch.

Toward the beginning of the 20th century, the creation of the national forests coincided with the dawning of the automobile age, assuring Americans an opportunity to vacation a world away from the citied world, yet within driving distance of the great Eastern cities. Since then, recreational pursuits enjoyed here have grown from hiking, fishing, and sightseeing to include downhill and cross-country skiing, camping, mountain biking, leaf-peeping, and antique hunting. You can also enjoy just about anything outdoorsy under these towering granite cliffs and

soaring mountains.