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
Foliage season has definitely arrived in the Great North Woods Region! With a cooler than normal summer, including a fair amount of rain, the leaves have begun to change about a week earlier than years past. Find beautiful color washing over the hillside in Dixville Notch. Reds and yellows are popping out along the Androscoggin River from Errol to Berlin too. Color will likely change quickly in this area over the next ten days or so, so you'll want to see it before it's gone. Try taking a scenic drive up Route 16 North from Berlin to Errol the trees along the river should be starting to pop anytime now.
Pecentage Changed: 25-35%
The warmer temps over the past week or so have slowed down the changing of the leaves just a bit in the White Mountains Region. Our leaf peepers are reporting the colors that are coming out in the Western White Mountains are in the birches and maples, and it's providing a nice contrast against the green. Route 3 up through Twin Mountain is quite colorful, along with Route 302 heading toward Crawford Notch. Some nice color is being reported along the Kanc, and Franconia Notch is getting a bit more colorful too. In the Eastern part of the region, the color still has a ways to go. There's quite a bit of green still on the trees, with some shades of yellow starting to mix in. Try a scenic drive from on Route 118 from Warren to Woodstock.
Pecentage Changed: 20-35%
Fall has officially arrived, but summer is still trying to hang on in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. Subtle changes are starting to surface by way of yellows and pinks on some of the trees. For a scenic drive try Route 4 around the Canaan/Enfield area, Route 127 and Route 103 around the Warner area is always nice to try to see some of the early foliage. We're waiting for a cool down in the forecast, when that happens expect to see a whole lot more color splashing on the scene.
Pecentage Changed: 20%
It still seems to be a bit early for foliage viewing around the Lakes Region. As your driving around the region look for occasional pops of yellow, orange or red, but for the most part the primary color right now is green. Our leaf peepers are reporting nice color from Gilmanton towards Alton. Farmington along Route 11 is also beginning to look more seasonal with flashes of red lining the roadside. Try a scenic drive on Route 140 from Belmont to Gilmanton. Other scenic drives you might try include Route 109 and Route109A.
Pecentage Changed: 10-25%
The transition from summer to fall is starting to take place in the Monadnock Region, though a bit slowly. There's still quite a bit of green on the trees, but be on the look-out for swamp maples that have turned a brilliant red. There are also pops of nearly-neon coral and warm yellows along area roads. Most of the color thus far is concentrated near ponds and marshy areas and has yet to climb the hillsides. For a scenic drive head down 101 East from Harrisville and Dublin to Peterborough and Mount Monadnock, or Route 12 South from Swanzey through Troy and Fitzwilliam.
Pecentage Changed: 15-25%
Mother Nature is taking her time working her magic on the Merrimack Valley Region. While some areas are reporting the transition to fall is underway, the color is a bit sporadic and mostly green. Look for fall to start taking shape here in the coming weeks! Route 93 to Loon Mountain – mostly green some single trees boasting a brilliant red.
Some early color is coming out around the Seacoast Region. Our leaf peepers are reporting seeing shades of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns all mixed in with some green. The tidal salt marsh visible from Route 101 westbound has turned to its autumn gold, framed by oaks and a few maples showing early color. The goldenrod and sumac on the roadside adds color while individual trees, especially on Route 85 heading into Newfields and Route 87 are well into their fall display. Cooler nights and warmer days will help to further develop the color in this part of the state.
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