August 23, 2019

Cruise the Kanc – Bear Notch Rd.


As a person who lives near the White Mountains, I frequently like to combine a trip to Conway/No. Conway with a ride on the Kancamagus Highway (aka “The Kanc”).  There are a few ways to do this for those ‘in the know’ without backtracking. My favorite is to connect from Rte. 302 in Bartlett to The Kanc via Bear Notch Rd.

Bear Notch Rd. is a 9-mile road that is only open from May to November for wheeled vehicle access.  Snowmobiles take over in the winter months.  It is very popular in the warm months with bikers, to mention one group. There are several scenic turn outs along the way, and foliage season viewing is exceptional on Bear Notch Rd.

To find Bear Notch Rd. from Conway/No. Conway, head west on Rte. 302 out of No. Conway.  In Bartlett, NH, turn west (left) onto Bear Notch Rd.   The road ends at The Kanc.

Photo Credit: walknboston