The Lower Falls Recreation site, located along the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway in Albany, New Hampshire, will receive a makeover this summer. Beginning in early June the site will be closed for renovations. This project will improve public safety, enhance the recreation experience, and minimize visitor impacts to resources in the area, according to officials. Construction will continue into September.
Renovations include changes to the Lower Falls parking area. The redesign reduces sedimentation into the Swift River and provides better access from the highway. An accessible trail leading to a viewing platform of Lower Falls will be constructed and the historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era picnic pavilion will be restored. Finally, a trail network will be better defined through the site to help minimize soil compaction and impacts to vegetation.
“While we understand visitors may be disappointed to learn this popular site will be closed, the long term benefits of this project will outweigh the short term inconvenience,” said Brian Johnston, Assistant Ranger at the Saco Ranger District. “This is just one of many sites that visitors can enjoy on the National Forest and we encourage people to plan ahead for their visit.”
This project is possible through partnerships with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Natural Resources Conservation Services in addition to fees collected at the site via the Recreation Enhancement Act.
Closed signs will be posted at the site while the project is underway and updated information can be found on the White Mountain National Forest website, or by contacting the Saco Ranger District at: 603.447.5448