Foliage Report for October 15, 2021
Wow! What a week it has been for foliage in New Hampshire. Peak color has now been spotted in the Great North Woods, White Mountains, Lakes, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee and Monadnock regions and the rest of the state is not far behind at all. This is going to be one of the best weekends of the season for leaf peeping, so get out there and hit the road! Looking for a sneak peek of what you'll see out there? Check out these 7 Spots to Spot Fall Color Around the Lakes Region
- all images were just taken Wednesday, October 13.
October 15: The region is beginning to move away from peak, with leaves starting to lose their luster and fall from the trees to rest on the forest floor. But fear not, there are parts of the region still sparkling with color—and even experiencing a second wave of foliage in the areas around Berlin, Lancaster, and Milan. If you’re visiting the Great North Woods this weekend, be sure to stop by the RiverFire Festival in Berlin on Saturday, October 16th for a fiery celebration of the season complete with live music, food vendors, and of course—live fires on the river. Route 3 continues to be a beautiful drive through the region, so leaf peepers should map out plans accordingly!
White Mountains Region: 100% Peak/Past Peak Foliage
October 15: The sweeping landscapes, roadsides, hills, and mountains of the region remain dappled with bold color. The region is overall still in peak foliage and will stay in its colorful prime until greedy winds or heavy rain comes along to steal the leaves from the treetops. While some areas are already past peak, with colors muting and leaves beginning to fall from trees—there are still pools of sparking color in other areas, such as Waterville Valley, North Conway, and Woodstock. It’s a great time for a scenic drive to peep the foliage, and we hear routes 49 to Waterville Valley and Route 302 are worth a trip!
Lakes Region: 90-100% color change - Peak Foliage
October 15: By this weekend, we expect the Lakes Region to move into peak foliage! Electrifying shades of sunny yellow and scarlet red on leaves around the region are stealing the show, but there is plenty of color to catch your eye. Gunstock Mountain is brimming with bold colors overflowing on the treetops and is well-worth a visit if you’re in the area! For an insider’s look on the foliage conditions around the region, check out Live Free with Kris’ latest visit to the area and find some off-the-beaten-path spots for leaf peeping! Our reporters have cited great color around Moultonborough, Bristol, Plymouth, and in the lakeside towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee!
Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region: 100% color change - Peak Foliage
October 15: Peak foliage has officially arrived in the Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region! The landscapes are drenched in rich color, with sparkles of burgundy, gold, and sepia hues shining in the treetops. The slopes of Mount Kearsarge are draped in fiery orange, glowing yellow, and burning red tones that are simply breathtaking. A leisurely ride or walk along the Northern Rail Trail will grant majestic views of striking foliage highlighted in the landscapes. We hear the color is especially bountiful along I-89 North from Exit 11 in New London up to Exit 18 in West Lebanon, and there are reports of stunning color at Pillsbury State Park at Lucia’s Lookout and from the peaks of Mt. Cube!
Merrimack Valley Region: 75-80% color change
October 15: Leaves in the Merrimack Valley have quickly blossomed into a colorful bouquet, decorating the region in exciting fall sights and mesmerizing natural vistas! Driving south along Route 28 will afford stunning views of foliage framing the roadsides, and Route 106 North continues to show off dazzling displays of color. For a scenic route that winds through historic sites, beautiful back roads, and classic New England scenery draped in bold foliage, follow along the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway! We also hear of great sights around Elm Street and downtown Manchester—so leaf peepers are encouraged to get out and explore to find the fall colors!
Monadnock Region: 95-100% color change - Peak Foliage
October 15: The southwest region of New Hampshire is seeing peak foliage conditions, with lush expressions of crimson, ochre, and gold cloaking the landscapes! Route 32 from Keene, through Swanzey and Richmond, all the way to Massachusetts is a beautiful drive. Leaf peepers looking to explore an off-the-beaten path excursion can enjoy a quiet walk to Noone Falls in Peterborough to hunt for bright foliage framing a modest waterfall. Visiting downtown Keene in the fall is always a treat, where foliage-dappled trees light up downtown and create a real fall wonderland. Of course, Mount Monadnock is a can’t-miss destination for foliage, and its slopes are draped in a decadent patchwork of alluring fall colors right now!
Seacoast Region: 75% color change
Route 101 East heading towards Hampton is lit up by deep shades of red, pink, and yellow along the treetops, and we hear Route 4 West through Durham is giving off quite a show. Leaf peepers looking for an outdoor adventure can visit the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
in Newington to hunt for foliage—we hear there is an abundance of golden yellow leaves lighting up the trails! Downtown Portsmouth is starting to show off some colorful trees too—so leaf peepers can head into the city to see even more seasonal sights.