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Route 118 from Warren to Lincoln + ADD NEW ROUTE


14   in New Hampshire New Hampshire16 Miles

By hardrider
on April 1, 2007

2.7out of 5

6 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start in Warren, NH and take Rte 118 North till it ends and runs into Rte 112 in Lincoln NH.

Scenery

Route 118 travels through a BEAUTIFUL forested stretch of valley through the White Mountains. It is almost all thick, lush green forest area. However there are a few points where there are openings to where you can see very nice views of the surrounding mountains.

In May of 2014 "Zakis" contributed the following (specifically referring to the section from Warren to Lincoln): "Climbing out of the valley you get some incredible scenery shots off to the left. Near the top is a pull off where you can see nearly the entire White Mountain forest range."

Road Quality

Rte 118 is a great road for motorcycles, plenty of tight turns, up one side of a mountain and down the other. Light traffic almost always and turns, turns, and more turns. The problem is that the road conditions in sections are very bad. If/when the state takes the time to repave this road, it will be a great motorcycle road but until then the conditions are just too bad.

In Oct of 2015 "CBR pilot" contributed the following update: "I took a chance on this road because it looked so great in terms of turns & hills. I must say that much of the conditions of the road were as bad as many of the commenters have said but they were repaving what looked to be the last half or so of the route (the far eastern stretch of the route). Don't know if they will resurface the rest of it anytime soon or if the cold winters will tear it up quickly but it would be a GREAT road if the pavement conditions hold up! For turns/hills sake I would give this route a 5 but for pavement conditions sake I would give it a 2."

In May of 2014 "Zakis" contributed the following (specifically referring to the section from Warren to Lincoln): "There are several spots with no guard rails where it feels like there should be. Pull offs are all dirt, so be mindful when stopping. Also, the ditches are right next to the road, so there is little room for error. In terms of road conditions, can I give a 0 here? Seriously though, this is everything a sport biker would love and hate about a road. Look at a map and you see tons of turns, climbing and descending hills. It should be a paradise.
First the good: Sharp, twisty turns, undulations, and s-turns that make your adrenaline run. This is why you own a sport-touring bike.
Now the bad: This road is in such disrepair I would hate to take my off-road Jeep down it. I drove down it because it looked so good on the map. But with so many potholes and frost heaves, it is an exercise in patience and endurance.
Once this road is re-surfaced, it will be incredible. Until then - stay away."

Roadside Amenities

There is really nothing in between Warren and Lincoln. In Lincoln you should consider heading up north on Rte 3 to the Old Man of the mountains located in Franconia Notch State Park. Just east of this route is

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on June 7, 2013 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Rt 118, although beautiful and with great turns, is a disaster in terms of pavement. The road is broken up badly, with many large pot holes as of 2011. The road needs to be completely replaced. You can dive it, but it's very slow going. RT 112 is Fantastic!! No Problems.

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By bmwk1673z
on May 31, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make bmw

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Took a ride on 25c then up 118 to 112. 25c and 118 are in the worst condition of any roads we have been on in Vt. or N.H. We spent the better part of 50 mi. staring at the pavement so we did not get to enjoy the tide and scenery. Avoid at all cost!

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By Guest
on August 20, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Route 118 is a beautiful ride BUT the road is in poor condition. There are many uneven surfaces and one inch cracks in the pavement. If you're looking for a trip to loosen your fillings in your teeth Rt 118 from Warren to Lincoln is for you. Once this route has been repaved I would love to take Rt 118 again. There are lots of great corners to tackle another day.

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By kendur
on August 8, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

I highly recommend Rt 118 as I have been riding it every year for several years. Rt 118 has many twisty turns but has been getting pretty beat up the last few winters and is in need of repaving.

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By Lono
on January 23, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Late in 2015 I ran rt 10 to 116 to 112 to 118. I love 118 it should be in one of the top five roads in NH but its condition was terrible. From 112 south on 118 the northern section was still in bad shape but half way through I hit new pavement. When they finish this paving job this road should be added to everyone's must ride list. If you like turns and shifting topography you will love this road.

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By Guest
on September 26, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda VFR800

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

As has been said, the scenery is amazing. Rt 118 is rough, rough, rough. If ever repaved, it will be a sport bike haven. Tight, twisty, constantly changing. As is, Rt 118 is a good place to test suspension and find out what is not bolted down on your scoot. I'll still continue riding.

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