Appalachian Trail

This driving route parallels the hiking trail, from the top of New England to the heart of Dixie, taking you through continuous natural beauty—without the sweat, bugs, or blisters.


A half mile south of Jackson along Route 16 or Route 16A you pass the picturesque Jackson Covered Bridge, where the two alternative routes rejoin at the north edge of tiny Glen. In the short stretch between the bridge and the junction with US-302, Glen has one of the more concentrated barrages of roadside clutter in the White Mountains. Glen is best known not for hiking or sightseeing but as home to the children’s theme park Story Land (603/383-4186, daily in summer, $32, under 2 free), where among its many playfully designed and carefully coiffed acres, the highlights include a boat ride, a raft ride, and a fiberglass cow that gives fake milk when you squeeze its fake udders.

A half mile south of Story Land, Route 16 links up with US-302 at a cluster of shops where the Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub (603/383-4344), a jolly, moderate-to-inexpensive place to eat and drink, has live music most weekend nights.

Story Land
Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub (3 Station St.)