Kennon Road in Baguio

Kennon Road BaguioA road trip worth doing is the drive along Kennon road, a beautiful road that connects Baguio with the lowlands. The road is named after Colonel Lyman Kennon, who with the help of local laborers was responsible for building the Benguet road. The road was seriously damaged in the 1990 earthquake, but has since been re-opened. The beautiful Bridal Veil Falls are an excellent stopping off point, and the local legend says that the water here has healing properties. Kennon road is 32 kilometers of first class road starting from the La UnionBenguet boundary. Otherwise known as the Zigzag Road, it is a breathtaking and impressive stretch of cemented and asphalted winding road. The upward climb reveals picturesque heights and lush greenery which is best appreciated when viewed at the site near the Kennon Police Checkpoint.

Kennon Road is a very scenic highway located in northern Luzon island of the Philippines. The roadway, with a length of 41.2 km (25.6 mi), links the mountain city of Baguio, at an elevation of 5,500 feet (1,700 m) above the sea level, and the lowland town of Rosario in La Union Province.

The construction of this asphalted road started in 1903 and opened for travel on 1905. There are plans to declare the highway a national heritage park, to preserve it for posterity in recognition of its being part in the nation’s historical and cultural heritage. Kennon Road is one of the most hazardous roads in the country especially during the rainy seasons when most of the road accidents occur. The road is prone to closure due to landslides, particularly during heavy rains or during typhoon conditions.

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