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Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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  • View from the bridge at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • View from the bridge at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Information sign describing the Kancamagus Highway near Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Hiking trails near Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Hiking the Lovequist Loop near Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Looking up river from Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Picnic area at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Pedestrian bridge over the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • Pedestrian bridge at the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
  • No swimming in Rocky Gorge.- Rocky Gorge Scenic Area
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Pros: 
Easy access. Hiking trails.
Cons: 
Very crowded.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Rocky Gorge Scenic Area is located on the Kancamagus Highway, 8 miles west of Conway, New Hampshire. This beautiful scenic area can be accessed via a paved walkway from a large parking area. You do need a parking pass to visit, and there is self-pay station in the parking lot. There are also restrooms available in the parking area.

Rocky Gorge features a 15-foot waterfall, and there are plenty of rapids along the Swift River as it narrows into the gorge. There is a pedestrian footbridge crossing the gorge for better viewing of the falls, and a small picnic area. There is ample room on the rocks for picnicking, and you will no doubt see plenty of people because this is one of the most popular spots along the Kancamagus Highway.

Swimming is strictly prohibited in the gorge, but there are swimming holes further up and downstream. If you cross over the pedestrian bridge across the river, you will come to a loop trail that circles Falls Pond. This is an easy, pleasant walk through a mixed forest, and the views of the pond are beautiful.

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