|New State Scenic And Cultural Byways Designated
Three Routes Totaling 101 Miles of Coastal and Rural Roads
The New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways Council announces the designation of three new state byways in New Hampshire. The three new byways join an existing system of 15 state and nationally designated scenic and cultural byways in New Hampshire that currently total over 1,000 miles and feature some of the most beautiful and historically significant locations in the state.
The three new byways are:
- Mills Scenic Byway: This is a 12.1 mile route that travels through the Towns of Newmarket, Durham, Madbury, and Rollinsford. This route offers a clear depiction of small, yet vital communities, located along the coastal shores of the Lamprey, Oyster, Bellamy, Salmon Falls, and Cocheco Rivers while retaining the character and appeal of historic mill towns. These charming scenes paint an illustration of New England river towns that possess a past that has seen a steady transformation from early sawmills to a thriving textile industry, which has in turn given way to dozens of smaller businesses and residential opportunities.
- Upper Lamprey River Scenic Byway: This Scenic Byway is a 45-mile route that contains outstanding scenic vistas, natural resources, and historic villages that celebrate the scenic and cultural heritage of New England. Winding through the towns of Candia, Deerfield, and Northwood, it features panoramic views of the mountains to the north, farms and forests to the east and west, and historic and cultural relics at every corner.
- Robert Frost/Old Stagecoach Byway: This Byway celebrates the history of the original Boston-Haverhill-Concord Stage Coach Route through southern New Hampshire, and the rural New England landscape written about by Poet Laureate Robert Frost. The 44-mile route begins in Atkinson (near the Massachusetts border) and follows NH Route 121 north through Hampstead, Sandown, Derry, Chester, and Auburn to Massabesic Lake. From Massabesic Lake the Robert Frost Byway segment proceeds southward on local roads, passing through historic downtown Derry and the Robert Frost Farm Historic Site, and connects back to NH121 in Hampstead.
These designations recognize the cooperative efforts undertaken by local and regional groups to showcase scenic or culturally significant areas of interest within their communities,
For more information on the NH Scenic and Cultural Byways program visit: http://www.nh.gov/dot/programs/scbp/index.htm.