The New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways Program was established in 1992 under RSA 238:19, "... to provide the opportunity for residents and visitors to travel a system of byways which feature the scenic and cultural qualities of the state within the existing highway system, promote retention of rural and urban scenic byways, support the cultural, recreational and historic attributes along these byways, and expose the unique elements of the state's beauty, culture and history." The legislation established the program and a Scenic and Cultural Byways Council that serve as an appointed advisory body for the program. The administration of the program is through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance and managed byt the NH Scenic & Cultural Byways Council.
Designation as a New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byway requires a nomination process that is ultimately decided upon by the NH Scenic and Cultural Byway Council. After acceptance of the nomination, an Advisory Committee is formed made up of the communities that the byway route runs through. There are three designated Scenic Byways within the Strafford Region: The Mills Scenic Byway, the Branch River Valley Trail Scenic Byway, and the Upper Lamprey River Scenic Byway (which is also shared with the Southern NH Planning Commission region).
For more information on Scenic Byways within the Strafford Region, please contact Colin Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867
Tel: (603) 994-3500 Fax: (603)994-3504