Eclipse Information

On April 8th, the moon, sun, and Earth will align in a total solar eclipse across portions of the United States, with portions of northern New Hampshire in the path of totality. All of New Hampshire will experience the eclipse, including the area of Lancaster north to the Canadian border.  The rest of New Hampshire will experience a partial eclipse, at about 95% totality. New Hampshire towns that will be in the path of totality include Colebrook, Lancaster, Pittsburg, and Milan.

For more information on viewing the eclipse in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Eclipse page.

Plan Ahead

April marks the start of mud season, as melting ice and snow create wet and muddy conditions on roads and trails. As a result, many White Mountain National Forest access roads for trails will be closed.

The risk of erosion is heightened during mud season because the ground is soft and wet. Trails may be muddy, icy, or snow-covered. Hikers may even find themselves on a narrow path of solid ice, often called a monorail. To prevent trail damage and protect surrounding vegetation, please walk single file through muddy areas instead of around them.

When visiting the White Mountain National Forest or anywhere is our beautiful state - please practice Leave No Trace!

Recreate Responsibly

Take a scenic drive along the popular Kancamagus Scenic Byway. A trip across the "Kanc" is a highlight for most visitors to the White Mountain National Forest.  The 34.5-mile drive through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest spans from Lincoln to Conway, NH and is considered one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the world. Several scenic vistas along the way offering places to get out and stretch your legs and take photos of remarkable views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Lower Falls, Sabbaday Falls, and the Rocky Gorge.

Albany Covered Bridge

A large parking area with benches and places to walk around and enjoy the historic structure and the river that flows under it! This is also a relatively open spot that could lend itself to a view of the eclipse. It’s a covered bridge in NH so of course it’s also a photo op!

Directions:

  • From Conway, NH Rt 16 Head 6.1 miles west on the Kancamagus Highway. On your right, you will see a metal sign noting “Albany Covered Bridge”. Take the sharp right turn onto Passaconaway Rd., and another right turn shortly down the road to enter the Albany Covered Bridge parking lot. Walk towards the kiosk to access the covered bridge and nearby seating areas.
  • From Lincoln, NH Head 28.7 miles east on the Kancamagus Highway. Just after passing the entrance to Blackberry Crossing campground on the right, there is a left turn onto Passaconaway Rd. Take the left turn and then turn right shortly after to enter the Albany Covered Bridge parking lot. Walk towards the kiosk in the parking lot to access the covered bridge and nearby seating areas.

Rocky Gorge

A portion of the Swift where the water cuts through a narrow fracture in the rock, creating an energetic and beautiful scene. This beautiful scenic area is accessed via a paved walkway from a large parking area where rest rooms are available.

Directions:

  • From the Saco Ranger Station in Conway, NH Head 8.9 miles west on the Kancamagus Highway. You will see a brown “attraction” sign on the right as you approach. You will then see a large wooden ROCKY GORGE sign on the right. Turn right here to enter the Rocky Gorge parking area. Follow the paved path from the parking lot to access the bridge over the Swift River and the Lovequist loop trail.
  • From Lincoln, NH Head 25.9 miles east on the Kancamagus Highway. You will see a brown “attraction” sign on the left as you approach. You will then see a large wooden ROCKY GORGE sign on the left. Turn left here to enter the Rocky Gorge parking area. Follow the paved path from the parking lot to access the bridge over the Swift River and the Lovequist loop trail.