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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
Color in the Great North Woods has definitely headed past peak- in fact, the region saw a bit of measurable snow earlier this week! You may still see the remains of some foliage mixed in among the bare trees, but it's more muted and rusty toned these days. The bright side to the leaf drop is the views- with clear cuts through the trees, the views are wide open and framed by the trees with a bit of remaining color as well as the dark evergreens. The sides of roads are covered in piles of orange and brown leaves, making for really picturesque drives throughout the region. Your best bet for remaining foliage will be in the more southern part of the region- try a ride from Lancaster down towards Carrol on Route 3 or Berlin to Gorham on Route 16.
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The White Mountains have headed past peak, but there should still be plenty of options for leaf peepers here this weekend. The mountains actually saw a solid coating of snow early in the week, providing a dramatic backdrop for the fall color that remains. If you're headed to the area this weekend, your best bet for leaf peeping will be to stick to the more southern part of the region. In Campton, the views are still quite pretty along Route 49 headed towards Waterville Valley. The colors have muted a bit, but you'll spot lots of rust tones as well as some reds and yellows. The Woodstock/Lincoln area is still pretty too, despite a bit of leaf drop. And though it's lovely year round, this may be one of your last real weekends for true leaf peeping on the Kancamagus Highway, so be sure to squeeze that ride in while you can!
Some peak foliage is hanging on in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region, but it probably won't last long- head up this weekend! Route 4 and 4A are always a good bet for a scenic drive in this region. These roads will take you through a number of small villages and towns with stretches of beautiful color in between. Historic Canaan Street in Canaan is also a treat to drive this time of year. This wide, tree lined road is drenched in fall color and runs right along beautiful Canaan Street Lake. Our leaf peepers also suggest a visit to Enfield, where the color is still very pretty despite a bit of fading color. If you visit Enfield Shaker Museum, be sure to take a hike to the Shaker Feast Ground for a spectacular vista of the Shaker Village nestled along Mascoma Lake. Or take a drive around the Lake Sunapee area where the color continues to shine. Other scenic routes to consider in this region include: Routes 10, 11, 12 and 103.
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Peak color is holding on strong in the Lakes region! Despite a few browning trees and a bit of leaf drop, for the most part you'll find stunning vistas of color and beautiful tones reflecting in the regions many waterways. Our leaf peepers are reporting all reds, yellows and oranges around the Newfound Area, particularly in Bristol, Alexandria and Hill. Route 104 in Bristol is stunning right now. From there, take Route 3A south towards Hill for a very pretty ride, or head north on 3A towards Bridgewater to check out the views of the lake. In Moultonborough, many trees are in their prime color right now, although there are others that have gone a bit past peak. Route 171 in this area is still a nice drive, or try Route 109 as you skirt the shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee towards Wolfeboro. Squam Lake in Holderness is beautiful as well. Try Route 3 in Ashland to Route 25 to 113 in Holderness for a nice scenic drive through this area. Another drive for leaf peeping this weekend will be Route 11 from Alton to Farmington.
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The Monadnock region woke to its first dusting of snow on Thursday, making things feel and look a bit more like November than October! But don't worry- there is still some nice color in the trees, and many of the leaves that have hit the ground are still vibrant, making for great photo opportunities! The hillsides in Keene, Dublin, and Peterborough have taken on a bit of a muted tone, with gold and bronze colors more predominant. The views are still quite stunning, especially at the hours around sunset. Route 101 through Peterborough and Dublin is a beautiful drive, particularly as you wind your way around Dublin Lake. Route 119 from Winchester through Rindge is equally picturesque. And routes 12, 119, 32, 10 are all recommended drives for this weekend as well.
Fall foliage is all over the Merrimack Valley Region, with much of the area nearing peak color! This time of year is always interesting in this region. There is such a huge mix of color- some trees are already bare, while others are still yet to change, while others are full peak with bold, brilliant color. Some towns even saw a light dusting of snow coating the leaves on the ground earlier in the week. In Pembroke, our leaf peepers reported some trees completely vibrant and fully peak, others that are past peak, and still others that are mostly green. It's quite a mix! In the Londonderry/Manchester area, there is more color coming out by the day as the area reaches near peak. Route 4 from Boscawen, to Salisbury and Andover is quite a beautiful ride right now, with a mix of full peak color and leaves decorating the ground. In Canterbury the trees are very close to peak. You'll definitely want to take a ride out to the Canterbury Shaker Village along Shaker Road. The village is drenched in gold, yellow and orange and is simply stunning.
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It's starting to really look like fall in the Seacoast region! Though the color isn't fully developed, there are many roads that are simply stunning already. On some roads, you are surrounded by beautiful colors and a few miles away in the same town, the trees are predominately green with only a few turned leaves. This will last for a short while, and then all of a sudden, you will be back among the leaves that look like a box of crayons exploded on them. The picturesque town of Exeter is reporting lots of pretty color throughout the town. A drive through downtown along Main Street, Water Street and Front Street will be nice- find a parking spot and hop out to explore the shops and great dining by foot! Though you won't spot a ton of color along the coast, a drive along Route 1A from Hampton all the way to Newcastle and Portsmouth is well worth your time with gorgeous ocean views all along the way.
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