Exploring the Byway
The General John Stark Scenic Byway is a closed loop route connecting the towns of Goffstown, Dunbarton, Weare and New Boston, New Hampshire. Each town has its own charm with local events and festivals throughout the year. Visit in the spring for the daffodils, the summer for farmers markets and concerts, the fall for giant pumpkins and scarecrows, and the winter for holiday gatherings and winter carnivals.
Since it is circular, you can join it at any point along the way, but we’ll start in Goffstown….
Newly-installed byway signage in Goffstown, April 2016
Imagine ambling along a stretch of roads in southern New Hampshire on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the kids in the back seat happily munching fresh, hot buttered popcorn bought at an old circus-style popcorn cart that has been operating since the 1930’s. You turn and continue a few miles when you come upon an “out of the way” stretch of road that has numerous old buildings and structures along it with plaques that tell interesting stories of the structures, the town, and ultimately its forefathers…
Imagine being part of a group of bicyclists cruising the long, winding stretch of road between Goffstown and New Boston on a crisp September afternoon. The north branch of the Piscataquog River immediately to the side is gurgling and flowing, providing an audible reminder of its presence while you gaze at the mountains ahead in the distance.
These are just two of the myriad experiences that can be appreciated along the General John Stark Scenic Byway, a NH Cultural and Scenic Byway. This meandering route winds within Hillsborough County along NH 13 from Goffstown’s downtown west to New Boston, north along NH 77 and NH 114 to Weare, east along NH 77 to Dunbarton, and south along NH 13 back to Goffstown. The route is richly diverse in experiences, both historic and scenic.