By Associated Press - Saturday, July 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.H. (AP) - The Lower Falls recreation site along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway - closed for a year for renovations - is reopening and welcoming visitors.

The U.S. Forest Service is holding a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at the spot in Albany, New Hampshire.

The “Kanc,” as it’s affectionately called, is a key draw in the White Mountain 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 Falls.

After years of visitors, the Lower Falls was closed in June 2014 for renovations to make it safer and protect the habitat.

Renovations included better drainage for the Swift River; providing more landscaping to create buffers between the Kancamagus and the recreation area; improving accessibility; renovating a small guard station to serve as an information booth; adding sidewalks to separate vehicles from pedestrians; and providing space for emergency vehicles and motorcycles.



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