At only 9,279 square miles, New Hampshire may be a tiny state, but it has more mind-blowing and challenging rides, as well as scenic pleasure drives that carve through mountains and snake along the coastline, than many states twice its size.
One of the best rides in New Hampshire, as far as scenery, elevation change and tight turns go, is Kancamagus Highway. This route begins as Route 118 North in Warren and eventually becomes 112 as it cuts through the magnificent White Mountain National Forest. The 53-mile Kancamagus Highway – or Kanc, as it is sometimes affectionately referred to -- ends in Conway. Experienced and adventurous motorcyclists will love the many tight twists and turns that this road throws at them.
Motorcyclists looking for a quieter ride can try the highly recommended and very scenic New Hampshire Route 1A. This approximately 19-mile road cruises alongside New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline for a decent distance before turning inland towards Portsmouth. Route 1A features plenty of turnoffs so that riders can stop and take in views of the spectacular New Hampshire coast, and there are also a number of good places along the way to grab a bite to eat. This ride is just a short jaunt from Interstate 95.
Another nice scenic ride is the combination of Bay and Durham Point Roads, which parallels the western coastline of the Great and Little Bays. This is an approximately eight-mile run that begins off of 108 in New Market on Durham Point Road, and then heads out along the coast, where this road eventually turns into Bay Road. This route ends back at 108 in New market. These two roads combine to form a fun ride that features some entertaining twisting turns and sweeps.
State Route 12A is another scenic drive popular with New Hampshire motorcyclists. This road takes riders on a nice trip through some fun rolling hills and bucolic farmland. The 449.5-foot Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which is the longest covered wooden bridge in the nation, can be accessed via State Route 12A in the town of Cornish. This ride is an approximately 25-mile jaunt that links Claremont and West Lebanon
Riders in need of a real adrenaline rush should head out to the short, but oh-so-sweet Hurricane Mountain Road. This is a very challenging route full of intimidating switchbacks, which runs from Intervale to South Chatham. This eight-mile section of asphalt should probably not be attempted by novices and is considered by experienced motorcyclists as a technical ride. Hurricane Mountain Road not only features some very steep, twisty areas, but it is also quite narrow.
State Route 107, which runs from Laconia to Raymond is a fun ride that offers some nice elevation changes, excellent scenery, sweeping turns and twisties. This quick excursion is about 43 miles long. Speaking of Laconia, this town is the site of the annual Laconia Motorcycle Week, which is a very large nine-day rally that attracts a huge gathering of bikers and features a number of events, including rides, races and live musical acts. Laconia Motorcycle Week is held in June and traditionally ends on Father’s Day.
Disclaimer: All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here. Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.
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