Foliage Reports

Foliage Report for Friday, October 27, 2017

Great North Woods Region
Another foliage season has come to a close in the Great North Woods, with the colors of fall moving past peak and the majority of leaves decorating the ground and roadways rather than the trees.  Don’t let that discourage you from a trip up to this beautiful part of the state where recreation and wildlife watching are just a couple of the amazing activities you can experience year round.  To learn more about the Great North Woods region, click here.
Percentage change: Past Peak

White Mountains Region
The White Mountains region has moved well into the past peak phase of foliage.  Many leaves have fallen now, with probably close to 80% on the ground.  However, there is a bit more color remaining towards the southern part of the region.  Below Pinkham Notch, our leaf peepers are reporting golds, oranges, rusts and browns still decorating some trees.  Try the Campton area around Waterville Valley for a final White Mountain leaf peeping trip.  Though many leaves have fallen, the color that remains still makes for a pretty drive.  As the foliage season wraps up, be sure to start planning now for your winter mountain adventures! Click here to learn more.
Percentage change: Past Peak

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region
Another foliage season has just about wrapped up in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region.  The leaves are definitely past peak, with what remains looking rusty, brown and dark yellow.  You will find pockets of brighter color here and there- try near Sunapee or further south in the region for your best bet at what remains for foliage right now.  And despite the leaf drop and duller tones, it is still a beautiful time of year to drive the many back roads up around the Hanover area. The remaining leaves add a nice colorful backdrop to the beautiful country roads.  There are lots of great country inns and hotels in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region- start planning your next trip today here.
Percentage change: Past Peak

Monadnock Region
After a longer than usual peak foliage season, the Monadnock region is just starting to head past peak. Heavy rain and wind earlier in the week brought down quite a bit of leaves, but the color that remains is still quite pretty and there are spots that are still hanging onto nice bright red, orange and yellow.  Try a scenic drive on Route 101 heading from Peterborough through Dublin, to Marlboro and Keene. Route 63 from Chesterfield to Westmoreland is a nice drive, too.  There are lots of great upcoming events, plus year round recreation and activities in the Monadnock region, so be sure to visit again even after the leaves have fallen.  Plan your trip here.
Percentage change: Past Peak

Lakes Region
In the Lakes region, most of the trees have become muted yellows and oranges, signs that the foliage is past its peak. However, with all of this rain that fell this week, the drive from Farmington to Belmont is beautiful, lined with the pretty, paler colors that remain.  If you’re headed up for the weekend, you’ll probably still find some foliage throughout many of the towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee and the views of the big lake are stunning no matter what season you visit, so plan your next getaway today! Click here to get planning.
Percentage change: Past Peak

Merrimack Valley Region
A series of rainy, windy days brought down leaves quickly in the Merrimack Valley and the region has now moved a bit past peak. Many roads are still quite pretty- you’ll see one tree covered in bright yellow leaves next to a tree that is surrounded by bold reds and oranges on the ground below.  The state capital of Concord still has quite a bit of color to be found, even with many trees now starting to drop their leaves.  This weekend should provide leaf peepers with a decent bit of color from the Massachusetts line up through Manchester, Milford and Amherst.  It won’t be the bright show of weekends past, but now is still a great time to get in the car and take a scenic ride with a stop for lunch and shopping in one of our bigger cities like Manchester, Nashua or Concord.  Learn more about visiting the Merrimack Valley region year round here.
Percentage change: 100- Past Peak

Seacoast Region
The Seacoast is where you want to be if you’re still looking for peak color in New Hampshire.  The area is still at the beginning stages of peak right now.  It’s been an unusual season of color here. Some hills and roadways are still very green while others are just starting to turn orange and yellow.  Still other spots are full peak with bright orange and red.  This will be a quick peak season for the region- the heavy wind and rain of the past few days has stripped a significant amount of trees already. So take advantage of the color now, because it probably won’t last long.  Some recommended drives for the upcoming weekend will be Routes 33, 108, 101, 85 and 88. Even after the leaves have fallen, plan to visit the Seacoast region later this fall and winter.  The Portsmouth area has wonderful holiday events and our coastal town are beautiful year round. Learn more here.
Percentage change: 90-100%