The Pemigewassett Overlook features a stunning western view from just below the height of land on the Kancamagus Highway. The effects of The Weeks Act and nature’s recuperative powers are on full display in the forests that drape the mountains from here to the horizon, mountains that only a century ago were heavily logged and even burned.
The word Pemigewassett is Abenaki and refers to the swift current of the Pemigewassett River. This parking area is on the western edge of the Pemigewassett watershed; rain that falls along the highway from this point west will eventually make its way into the Pemigewassett River, then into the Merrimack River. This site features a sheltered picnic area, an interpretive geology display, toilets and a short universal access trail. For an especially breath-taking view, stop at this west-facing overlook at sunset.
Directions to Next Site:
Just east of this point, the highway travels over Kancamagus Pass. Next, we will descend the Kancamagus Highway and follow the Swift River towards Conway. Our first stop, however, is just beyond the height of land. Turn right out of the parking lot and travel .2 miles for a view from the eastern side of the pass at the CL Graham – Wangan Ground Overlook.