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Lower Falls site on Kancamagus closing for repairs

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm •  Published: June 14, 2014

ALBANY, N.H. (AP) — The Lower Falls Recreation site is one of the most popular along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, a four-season destination that offers great swimming in the summer and brilliant foliage in the fall.

That popularity has a downside and after years of visitors tramping over the site, Lower Falls will close starting Monday for renovations that will make it safer and protect the habitat. It's expected to reopen in mid-November.

"It's been very loved," said Colleen Mainville, a spokeswoman for the White Mountain National Forest, which the 34.5-mile Kancamagus cuts through. "The trail network is going to be better defined. They'll relocate the soil so it goes along a path to make it clear to visitors that they need to stay on the path. Vegetation has been impacted, and trees are dying."

The "Kanc," as it's affectionately called, is a key draw in the national forest, which annually attracts about 5 million visitors. There are several waterfalls accessible from the road, four of which are most popular: Sabbaday, Rocky Gorge, Champney and Lower.

Brian Johnston, the assistant district ranger for the Saco District of the forest, asked for patience from visitors and suggested they plan to visit other attractions in the forest.

Besides the more clearly defined pathways, the project will:

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