Haystack Road (winter) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Forest Road Status, White Mountains – Here in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the U.S. Forest Service closes roads within the White Mountain National Forest throughout the year. These forest roads are closed for numerous reasons, and many are closed to vehicle traffic during the snow season. In the spring, after these seasonal roads have dried out and are passable, they are reopened to vehicle traffic. However, there is no exact date when any forest road will reopen.
Every spring, outdoor enthusiasts turn to social media and crowd-sourced websites to find out if any given forest road in the White Mountain National Forest is open, only to be given inaccurate information, a common problem with crowd-sourced websites and some social media outdoor pages.
Gale River Road – Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Scenic Backroads, White Mountains – I have been traveling the backroads of New Hampshire for many years, and always find interesting subject matter along them to photograph. From a photographer's viewpoint, I find autumn to be the best time to explore them. And the history attached to some of these roads is amazing.
Many of the backroads in the White Mountains are one lane dirt roads, and some such as Sandwich Notch Road are very rough, and only high clearance vehicles should attempt to drive these roads. Because not everyone is interested in hiking to a scenic location, here are a few backroads that are worth exploring.
Tripoli Road (Autumn) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
Tripoli Road, White Mountains – The autumn foliage season is a great time to travel the backroads in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Being a photographer, I love exploring New Hampshire’s backroads because I always find interesting subject matter to photograph. And the history attached to some of these lonely dirt roads is amazing.
Completed in 1934, Tripoli Road for most of its length is an unpaved bumpy dirt road that connects Waterville Valley and Woodstock. It was built by the USFS (likely with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps) and named after the mill that was in the area, Tripoli Mill. Roadside camping is allowed at designated sites along Tripoli Road making this area very busy during the weekends and holidays.
Established in 1801 – Sandwich Notch Road, New Hampshire
Sandwich Notch Road, New Hampshire – This blog article is written in two parts and focuses on Sandwich Notch in New Hampshire. Today, I will show you the scenic Sandwich Notch Road (Notch Road). And part 2 will be a visual journey of the nineteenth century hill farming community that once was along the Notch Road.
During the early nineteenth century, thirty to forty families lived in the Notch. By 1860 only eight families lived in the Notch and by the turn of the twentieth century only one person, Moses Hall, lived in the Notch year around. Now a private residence the Hall Place is the only house left on the Notch Road.
Possibly a late 1920's / early 1930's Ford – Thornton, New Hampshire
Abandoned Vehicles, White Mountains – Over the years, I have documented a number of abandoned vehicles in the New Hampshire White Mountains, and today I want to share some of them with you. These forgotten relics make great photo subjects. Personally, I love coming across them in the middle of nowhere.
New England outdoor photographers should have a few abandoned vehicles on file. This type of imagery can be used in numerous ways to represent the outdoor environment. And some art collectors do like this type of subject matter for their walls.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – White Mountains
Kancamagus Scenic Byway, New Hampshire – The Kancamagus Scenic Byway, located in New Hampshire, is considered one of the best scenic drives in the Northeast. It is about 35 miles long and was opened in 1959 after two dead end roads, one in Lincoln and the other in Conway, were connected.
This scenic road is known worldwide for it outstanding foliage during the autumn months. And though the scenic byway attracts the most visitors during the autumn months, I think it is a great area to explore any time of year. Photographers will have endless photo opportunities.