An “intervale” is a New England term meaning a lowland along a river. Intervale, NH, a village of Bartlett, is just that. The view from this point is a stark contrast — the flat fields along the Saco River give rise (on a clear day) to the highest mountain in the northeast United States, Mount Washington. It’s a scene that attracted famed 19th Century artist Benjamin Champney whose painted landscapes drew attention to the area as an artist destination. The area grew so popular among artists that it became known as one of the nation’s first artist colonies, “The White Mountain School of Art.” Today, the Intervale is home to a modern visitor center with a large viewing deck where onlookers can compare and contrast the scene before them with the ones painted by Champney over a century ago.
Directions to Next Site:
To visit the next stop on the Weeks Act Legacy Trail, take a left out of the Intervale Visitor Center then an immediate right onto Hurricane Mountain Road. About 1.6 miles up this road on the right is the head of the hiking trail for Kearsarge North.