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Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire

Autumn foliage from the Boulder Loop Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Boulder Loop Trail has excellent views of the Swift River Valley. During the autumn months is the best time to hike this trail.
Swift River Valley – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Swift River Railroad, New Hampshire – The Swift River Railroad was a logging railroad in the Swift River valley of the New Hampshire White Mountains. It was operated by the Conway Company and was in operation from 1906-1916. The railroad began in Conway, at the Conway Company’s sawmill, and traveled up the Swift River valley following the Swift River and much of today’s Kancamagus Scenic Byway. It ended somewhere beyond Pine Bend Brook, below Mount Kancamagus.

It is hard to envision the Swift River valley (above) stripped of its timber. But for ten years, this area was heavily logged which is only a part of the history surrounding this valley. To absorb all the history of this valley in one blog article may be overwhelming so I will briefly touch base on two other interesting features of this area.

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Kancamagus Scenic Byway New Hampshire

Kancamagus Highway (route 112), which is one of New England's scenic byways in blizzard conditions. Located in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway – White Mountains
 

Kancamagus Scenic Byway, New Hampshire – The Kancamagus Scenic Byway, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is considered one of the best scenic drives in the Northeast. 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.

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Slideshow of Weeks Act Centennial


Weeks Act Centennial – Images by ScenicNH.com Photography

Celebrating 100 years of Wilderness Protection. The above images are why I feel the Weeks Act is so important. Without it who knows what condition the White Mountains of New Hampshire would be in today.

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