A Day Trip Through the North Country

Day trips are great because you can leave your home early, see amazing sights through the day and be home by dinner, especially if you’re living in New Hampshire. This past weekend, I got up early, left by 8 a.m. and drove up to Pittsburg on the west side of New Hampshire and down through the east side of the state. I’ve mapped out the course below and made many pit stops along the way to see the beauty of the northern part of our wonderful state. The mountain views that hover above are amazing along with the small towns and communities that inhabit the North Country.

Click the Map for Driving Directions and points of interest.

Click the Map for Driving Directions and points of interest.

All in all, we were home by 6 p.m. and ready for dinner, but this was an awesome trip we did in a day on one tank of gas. Photo evidence of our journey below:

Photos of the North Country

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A Covered Bridge in Groveton, NH. There are picnic tables within the covered bridge where we ate breakfast and shared views of the mountain. There’s also a stationary antique train to the left of the bridge.

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The bridge was built in 1852 by Captain Charles Richardson and his son. When U.S. Route 3 was reconstructed in 1939, the Groveton covered bridge was bypassed. It was repaired by Milton Graton and his son Arnold in 1964-1965. A water supply line is suspended beneath the bridge. The Groveton Bridge is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge in Groveton with mountain views in the distance and perfectly still water.

The bridge in Groveton with mountain views in the distance and perfectly still water.

Further north is Lake Francis in Pittsburg, New Hampshire is breathtaking.

Further north is Lake Francis in Pittsburg, New Hampshire is breathtaking.

Another awesome view of Lake Francis right outside of the main street of Pittsburg, where an Old Home Day was bustling with locals and visitors.

Another awesome view of Lake Francis right outside of the main street of Pittsburg, where an Old Home Day was bustling with locals and visitors.

Happy Corner was a bustling neighborhood in the late 1800s. At the Perry Stream crossing there was a sawmill, a starch mill, a store with a post office, a barbershop, and the Temperance Hall. Nearby was the Danforth School. It has been stated by the Pittsburg Historical Society that before the building of the bridge, people used to ford the stream just upstream, where the water was shallow.

Happy Corner was a bustling neighborhood in the late 1800s. At the Perry Stream crossing there was a sawmill, a starch mill, a store with a post office, a barbershop, and the Temperance Hall. Nearby was the Danforth School. It has been stated by the Pittsburg Historical Society that before the building of the bridge, people used to ford the stream just upstream, where the water was shallow.

The bridge is adorable and covered in multicolored holiday lights.

The bridge is adorable and covered in multicolored holiday lights.

You'll also find the 45th Parallel in the North Country at two points. This one was a bit further off the beaten path.

You’ll also find the 45th Parallel in the North Country at two points. This one was a bit further off the beaten path.

Don't blink or you'll drive right by, the Beaver Brook Falls have trails around the waterfall and were absolutely gorgeous.

Don’t blink or you’ll drive right by, the Beaver Brook Falls have trails around the waterfall and were absolutely gorgeous.

Extremely interesting! The Nansen Ski Jump is quite a spectacle in Milan, New Hampshire. It catches your eye as you drive by and is fairly secluded on the way down to Berlin.

Extremely interesting! The Nansen Ski Jump is quite a spectacle in Milan, New Hampshire. It catches your eye as you drive by and is fairly secluded on the way down to Berlin.

We ended our journey with a drive through Berlin, New Hampshire which I want to explore further on my next trip up North. The small cities and towns we have were clearly thriving at one point in the last few decades and have many hidden treasures just waiting to be seen.

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