Explore a Season:
Nature lovers will be blown away by the unrivaled scenery and countless opportunities for wildlife viewing in the Great North Woods.
Choose from five spectacular driving tours; the Kancamagus Highway, a national scenic byway, is the granddaddy of them all.
Spend a half-day or longer driving the Sunapee Loop and you'll see one of the most photogenic town greens in America.
The Lakes Loop circles Lake Winnipesaukee, the perfect introduction to this vacationland.
Drive the Monadnock Region Loop to explore some of the most quintessentially New England towns in New Hampshire.
Choose from 10 scenic drives and byways in this historic region.
Along a shoreline drive in coastal New Hampshire, you’ll experience both the region’s Colonial history and its scenic beauty.
Jericho Mountain State Park provides opportunities for miles of trail riding for ATV, UTV, trail bike, and snowmobile enthusiasts alike.
Throughout the park, visitors are treated to a number of scenic outlooks. The park also includes a 20 site ride-in/ride-out campground,
cabins, a bathhouse and Visitors Center. Learn More
The fire tower at hilltop Milan Hill State Park offers a complete view of the mountain ranges in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Canada. The park is home to a primitive camping area with four yurts and six campsites. Learn More
Built in 1862, the Stark Covered Bridge is one of the most beautiful covered bridges in New Hampshire. The bridge is set in picturesque Stark village next to the historic Stark Union Church. It spans the Ammonoosuc River, with covered pedestrian paths on either side.
Set at the very top of Mt. Prospect in Lancaster, Weeks State Park provides a 360-degree panorama of mountain splendor, including the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Kilkenny Range, the Percy Peaks, and the upper Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can climb the old stone fire tower for even better mountain views. Learn More
A scenic trail around Echo Lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Learn More
The Lincoln Woods Trail is one of the easiest and most heavily used trails in the White Mountain National Forest. Leaving the parking lot on the north side of the Kancamagus Highway, the Lincoln Woods Trail immediately crosses the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River via a very scenic 160’ long suspension bridge. Learn More
Lower falls is one of the most popular stops along the Kancamagus Highway. The falls is a beautiful spot where the Swift River drops many feet over smooth granite rocks into a large pool. It is an ideal place to picnic, sunbathe, and swim in warm weather. Learn More
Bear Notch Road can be accessed from Route 302 in Bartlett. This road connects Route 302 to the Kancamagus Highway and has many scenic stops and overlooks with spectacular views as it climbs through the White Mountains. Please note- this road is closed during the winter.
Mount Sunapee State Park is a major recreation area offering year-round activities at beautiful 4,085 acre Lake Sunapee. A picturesque lakeside beach, a vast network of well-marked hiking trails, and a secluded group campground make it the perfect place to spend a day or entire weekend. Learn More
Located in downtown Hanover, the green is the focal point of the Dartmouth College campus. This beautiful lawn on the iconic campus is a stunning spot for visitors and students alike to meet up, ride bikes, play sports and relax. From the green, visitors can easily access the many shops and restaurants on Main Street, Hanover. Learn More
Visitors drive up a 3-1/2 mile scenic auto road to the parking and picnic areas of Rollins State Park. From there, hikers can climb a one-half mile trail to the summit of Mt.Kearsarge. Views stretch from Mt. Monadnock to the coastal plain. The summits of Pack Monadnock, Crotched and Uncanoonuc Mountains, the hills of central MA, and the Boston skyline are visible on the horizon. Learn More
Located at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee, these colorful houses sit on a small inlet of Alton Bay where Route 11 crosses the water. The combination of vibrant fall foliage and the colors of the homes reflecting in the water makes for a perfect fall photo. Continuing to head west on Route 11 allows for sweeping vistas of the lake and mountain ranges beyond.
This iconic 1914 Arts & Crafts mansion is perched on a stunning 5,500 acre mountaintop estate with 28 miles of trails, waterfalls, giant trout pond, and breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Activities include castle tours, hiking, seasonal events, art gallery, dining, horseback riding and gift shop. Learn More
Located just off the road, behind the police and fire station in Gilford is the Tannery Hill Covered Bridge. It is a foot traffic only bridge with beautiful latticework openings, spanning Gunstock brook. It was built to link the town hall with the rest of the town center and is named for the tannery that once stood in the area.
Ellacoya State Park is located in Gilford on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. The 600-foot long sandy beach, with views across the lake to the Sandwich and Ossipee mountains, is a great place to spend a full day of lake fun and picnicking. Learn More
Monadnock State Park is located in and around the 3,165-ft. Mount Monadnock. The park is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected highlands and offers year-round recreational opportunities. Scenic views of Monadnock can be found from a number of regional roads and highways, especially Route 124 in Jaffrey. Learn More
Stonewall Farm is home to 23 acres of pastures, hiking and biking trails, gardens, wetlands and forest. Children will enjoy splashing in the brook and playing in the nature playground. Visit the farm animals, stop in the farm store and be sure to check out the extensive events calendar of seasonal activities. Learn More
Washington is a scenic small town in southwestern New Hampshire, with a population of about 1100. Washington is a rural town with a hilly, rugged, and forested landscape. It’s picturesque village contains examples of stunning early architecture, including the Town Hall, built as a meetinghouse in 1787, and the Congregational Church built in 1840. Learn More
Canterbury Shaker Village is a National Historic Landmark and museum nestled among the rolling hills of wooded central New Hampshire. With nearly 700 acres of forests, nature trails, gardens and ponds, as well as 25 original and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, the Village is a must see for any visitor to New England. Learn More
The 76 foot tall tower in Garrison Hill Park is one of the best places to take in the entire seacoast region, with dramatic 360 degree views. From the 298 foot elevation of Garrison Hill, visitors can see both the Isles of Shoals and the White Mountains on a clear day. Learn More
Odiorne Point is the largest undeveloped stretch of shore on New Hampshire’s 18 mile coast. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and rocky shore, and an extensive network of trails traversing the park. Large stone walls bound open fields, remnants of formal gardens and wildflowers grow side by side, and historic man-made military bunkers lie hidden under mounds of earth. Learn More
Up North the foliage is beginning to develop attractively and is expected to change rapidly with below freezing temperatures predicted overnight this weekend. While there are still plenty of green leaves decorating the landscapes, there is an abundance of vibrant orange, red, and yellow colors that are starting to dot the treetops. Driving along Route 3 may grant some colorful views, especially moving towards higher elevations or passing through the Columbia, Colebrook, and Pittsburg areas. Or you can pay a visit to Beaver Brook Falls Wayside just off of Route 145 in Colebrook. This spot may give way to some colorful vistas, but even if the foliage remains subtle by the time you arrive, you'll still enjoy the enthralling 80-foot-tall waterfall there which dazzles in any season.
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With some cooler temps still mingling with the last warm days of summer, the Foliage is very slowly starting to arrive in the White Mountains. After the dry summer New Hampshire experienced, the foliage is predicted to crowd around lakes and ponds this season to start. But for now the trees remain mostly green, with a few hints of color starting to show up. Observant leaf peepers can spot some exciting shades of gold and deep red along Route 49, Route 3, or along the northern portion of I-93. The region is particularly beautiful in these last few days of summer, and a scenic drive just may grant you some striking, gently colored views.
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A handful of early trees have started to show off their colors in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, but the landscapes are still primarily green—hanging on to those last few warm days before fall really settles in. If you're up for a hike, the summit of Mount Kearsarge, accessed via Winslow State Park, is always worth a trip. While the trees may still don their summer colors, you may be able to spot some early transitional hues from the peak. Be sure to make a reservation in advance to ensure access to the park as capacity is limited. Or, if you're traveling along I-89 you may be treated to some gently shaded views when heading north from New London to Lebanon, so be sure to stay on the lookout.
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The foliage is slowly making an appearance in the Lakes Region, which is starting to see a few sparse splashes of transitional colors. While the trees are still mostly green, early leaf peepers can catch some pink and yellow leaves at higher elevations in the Ossipee Mountains. Experienced hikers looking for a climb can take the Turtleback Mountain Trail and veer off to make the short detour to the summit of Bald Knob for a sweeping view of the mountain range. With just enough luck, the elevation may give way to some gently colored scenic vistas.
Over in the Monadnock Region, the foliage is cautiously starting to peek out. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may be able to spot a few shaded leaves nestled among a sea of green foliage. The region is still hanging on to the tail end of summer, with slightly warmer temperatures keeping the colorful foliage at bay for now. If you're up for a scenic drive, try Route 32 from Richmond to Swanzey, where you may spot some unexpected pops of color. Looking for an afternoon activity? Keep North towards Keene and follow Route 12 to stop off near Main Street. You can take a walk among the idyllic downtown and check out the collection of fascinating Walldog Murals painted on buildings around town while you search for more foliage!
In the Merrimack Valley, some early foliage is beginning to appear and the leaves are starting to change quickly. Each chilly night seems to garner more color in the region, especially around wetter areas. While some premature Birch trees have already started to shed their yellowed leaves, the majority of the foliage remains green this week. If you're around Route 101A near the Hollis/Amherst border you may see some splashes of color near ponds, swamps, and wetland areas, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Or, make a trip out to Turkey Pond in Concord where the trees are really starting to show off bright red and orange hues. A walk out to the pond from the parking area would offer nice views, or you can launch a small boat for fishing or canoeing to enjoy the peaceful pond.
The foliage appears to be hiding early in the season on New Hampshire's Seacoast. With less than 10% color change reported for the region, it's safe to say that summer's verdant green foliage is still claiming the treetops. But don't worry—with some cold nights predicted over the next week, the foliage may start to slowly develop in due time. Now might be the perfect opportunity to squeeze in those last trips to the beach or to explore downtown Portsmouth while the weather is comfortable. Check out Prescott Park in Portsmouth to see the last touches of summer and beautifully landscaped gardens before the cooler temps begin to transform the park into a fall wonderland with autumn hues and mums galore.
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