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New Hampshire’s largest town, Pittsburgh, fills the northern tip and includes all four Connecticut Lakes and Lake Francis, making it a paradise for canoeists and those who love fishing. The road that winds between them is known as Moose Alley for the number of these ungainly beasts that are often spotted munching dinner in the low boggy areas alongside it. This road climbs rolling hills, crossing the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, as it heads north from Colebrook, where 35-foot Beaver Brook Falls is a good picnic spot. In Dixville Notch, The Balsams is the region’s iconic and historic grand hotel, and visitors ...

New Hampshire’s largest town, Pittsburgh, fills the northern tip and includes all four Connecticut Lakes and Lake Francis, making it a paradise for canoeists and those who love fishing. The road that winds between them is known as Moose Alley for the number of these ungainly beasts that are often spotted munching dinner in the low boggy areas alongside it. This road climbs rolling hills, crossing the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, as it heads north from Colebrook, where 35-foot Beaver Brook Falls is a good picnic spot. In Dixville Notch, The Balsams is the region’s iconic and historic grand hotel, and visitors can see the room where the first presidential election votes are cast and enjoy sweeping views from the golf course. The narrow notch is hemmed in by vertical cliffs, and on the other side is the valley of the Androscoggin River, a favorite for kayaking as it rushes through Thirteen Mile Woods to Berlin. Here, stone boom piers still remain from the log drives, and Northern Forest Heritage Park replicates life and work in a lumber camp. Lake Umbagog in Errol is popular with nature lovers, who spot eagles and other wildlife from the canoe-in campsites in the Umbagog Lake National Wildlife Area. This wild and beautiful part of the state is more thinly settled than other regions, and fewer roads criss-cross its wilderness.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June through mid-October are the best for outdoor sports. Fall foliage begins in mid-September.