The Connecticut River Byway travels through 53 districts, and runs
over 500 miles of road from NH into VT.
In 2005, it was certified as a National Scenic Byway.
to the Connecticut River
The byway is situated along the western side of NH from Junction 9
in West Chesterfield to Littleton,
located in the beautiful
From I-91, take Route 9 to
Turn north onto
which eventually turns into
Keep following that road until you come to the junction of
again on Route 12 will take you into scenic
You will get online 12A in
and into downtown
Take at left at
Center which will get you out of Claremont where you will travel by the
and the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Lebanon.
From there you will head on to Route 10 through
Hanover, Lyme, Orford,
Haverhill and Woodsville.
In Woodsville, you will get on Route 135 which connects to
Route 18 just west of
At that point, continue through Lancaster to Groveton.
In 1997, the states of
requested the regional planning commission to look and see if the
roads that ran along the river qualified to be a scenic by way.
The Connecticut River Junction Commission discussed the good
and the bad that went along with having a byway designation.
The locals welcomed the idea of welcome centers in which grant money
would need to be used to build these centers and they would have
volunteers who were trained to assist the public.
The townsfolk also stated that the attraction of visitors to
the byway would help to protect the villages, forests, farms and
Being a national byway is a privilege and an honor and the
Connecticut River Byway is definitely worthy to be called a national
designation allows the byway a greater chance to obtain federal
funds that can assist in keeping historic land, scenic views, rives
access and farmland protected.
These national byways are marketed on the Federal Highway
Administrationís Americaís Byways map as well as on
the Administrationís website which is byways.org.
Places to Visit Along the Connecticut River Scenic Byway
Connecticut River (MA)
This is the longest river in all of New England which is 410 miles
long and starts at the border of Canada and the United States and
ends at Long Island Sound.
The river flows the whole length of the Connecticut River
Byway and past it.
Enter The Connecticut River Forum
Center houses over 800
properties and was constructed in 1659.
It is listed on the National Register Historic Register.
Reservation gives you a spectacular view of the Connecticut River,
The Sunderland Center, the
Valley as well as the Pelham and
It is located one mile from the byway off of Route 116 on
Northfield Drive-In Movie Theatre (MA)
The Northfield Drive-In Movies opened its doors in 1948 and is one
of just 4 drive-ins that are in
and one of only 19 drive-in open in all of
is an icon that represents Americaís past
that is slowly fading.
The drive-in sits on
as well as
Winchester, New Hampshire.
Norwottuck Rail Trail (MA)
This trail is a commonly used 10 walking and biking trail that
connects Hadley, Amherst, Northampton and Belchertown.
It is located right along the byway.
After getting to Hadley Historic District, go east on MA-9E
and then take a right at South Maple where you will see the start of
This museum was constructed in 1752 and was owned for many years by
wealthy farmers and owners who owned land in the
This museum shows the activities of what an 18th
century wealthy house would be like.
There are actually diaries and account books that have been
written by generation which take a look inside how farming and
domestic life was in the
The Brick Store (NH)
The Brick Store is thought to be the eldest running country store in
The store was constructed in 1824 and is on the National
Register of Historic Places and it one of the first commercials
buildings constructed in
The Brick Store is located in
just west of Route 302.
Fort at No. 4 (NH)
The Fort is located in
and is a museum that takes you inside of what life was about when
Valley had been a frontier in the middle
part of the 1700ís.
is located on the byway on Route 11 but the entrance to the museum
is located at 267 Springfield Road.
Littleton Grist Mill
Littleton Grist Mill has its economic roots in the Littleton Grist
Mill and the Saw Mill in which Solomon Mann built in 1797 on the
banks of the