Scenic USA - New Hampshire
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|Photos by Ben Prepelka
After sightseers take their first scenic drive through the White Mountains, they quickly find out why New Hampshire is called the Granite State. The most visible evidence is found in the granite outcroppings on many mountainsides and highway cuts. More proof is seen from Route 16 as it follows along this beautiful stretch of the Ellis River. Here, tons of granite boulders are seen littered all along the streambed. From the highest peak in the White Mountains, the Ellis River begins its southerly journey on the eastern slope of Mount Washington, passing down the Crystal Cascade and cutting through Pinkham Notch. There at the Notch, the Ellis drops over Glen Ellis Falls, then continues through the peaceful village of Jackson. Here, the picturesque 138 year old Honeymoon Bridge crosses the Ellis, and still supports light traffic.
The Ellis ends as it joins the Saco River just south of the town of Glen. New Hampshire Route 16 continues southward toward the two Conways and on to Mount Chocorua. Route 16 may lose its appeal in the busy tourist town of North Conway, especially during the peak of the fall season. But visitors are urged to continue south to Chocorua Lake, one sight that photographers will cherish. Although this highway is just a small section of the 115 mile Presidential Range Trail scenic byway, it certainly shouldn't be missed during any White Mountain vacation.
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