White Mountains NH Fall Foliage Reports & Drives
Franconia Lincoln Conway Mt Washington Valley NH Scenic Foliage Drives
The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire is one of the nation’s prettiest places to view fall foliage. Drive Franconia Notch, the famous Kancamagus Highway and scenic Routes 302 and Route 16. Ask us about NH Fall Foliage or share comments. To feature your business, contact us.
NH White Mountains Fall Foliage Drives
Bethlehem, NH Area Foliage Tour:
Take Rte. 142 from Bethlehem to Franconia to Rte. 117 from Franconia to Sugar Hill–some of the greatest color in the state.
North Conway, NH Area Foliage Tour:
Take Rte. 16 N from the center of North Conway to Hurricane Mountain Road (about .5 miles north of the center of No.Conway), take the road to the top of the mountain where the road meets a T, then turn right to East Conway, then right again on Rte. 113 to Rte. 302. Caution: This is a narrow winding, paved mountain road, drive slowly. Passenger vehicles only. Moose are sometimes seen on this drive. Do not attempt this road in a travel-trailer or while towing a camper or RV. Use caution and to come to complete stop if you see a moose in the roadway.
Franconia, NH Area Foliage Tours:
The drive through the Kancamagus Scenic Byway to Rte. 302 in Crawford Notch to Franconia Notch State Parkway passes through the heart of the White Mountains and includes a view of the sight of the where the famous “Old Man of the Mountain” once lived. The granite figure fell to the earth during the middle of the night – leaving only his legacy behind. A viewing site and memorial may be visited on the shores of Profile Lake. Indian Head profile may be witnessed from US Route 3 at the parking lot of the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln.
Rte. 117 goes through Franconia Notch and Sugar Hill. To get there, take Exit 38 off I-93. Rte. 117 meets up with Rte. 302 in Lisbon. This road takes you into Bath, where there is a covered bridge that crosses the Ammonoosuc River. You can cross the bridge and drive along some back roads that have some spectacular views of the fall foliage.
Rte. 116 takes you from Franconia through the Easton Valley. You can pick up this Rte. by heading straight across the intersection once you get off I-93 at Exit 38. Rte. 116 intersects with Rte. 112. If you head west, you will go through a section of the White Mountain National Forest. This road follows the Wild Ammonoosuc River. If you head east on Rte. 112, you will come into Kinsman Notch. Rte. 112 becomes the Kancamagus Highway at the Lincoln/Woodstock town line.
Rtes. 142 & 302 is a winding, wooded road, which ends up in Bethlehem. You can connect with this road at Exit 37 off I-93 in Franconia. Rte. 302 heads into Littleton or over to Crawford Notch by way of Twin Mountain, past the Bretton Woods Ski Area, the Mount Washington Hotel, and the road to the Cog Railway, which climbs up Mount Washington.
Rte. 118 in Warren to Rte. 112 into Woodstock is always fantastic with lots of overlooks. Then you can either go Rte. 3N into Franconia Notch or stay on Rte. 112 (Kancamangus Highway) into North Conway. It’s a beautiful drive and there’s always a good chance of seeing moose on Rte. 118, and again on Rte. 112!
Woodstock, NH Area Foliage Tour:
Rte. 118 takes you along the hills of Mount Moosilauke. Take Exit 32 off Interstate 93 in North Woodstock and head west on Rte. 112. Travellers may even be able to see a moose or two.
Truly one of the most scenic places on the planet, the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire is world famous for spectacular fall colors. Peak fall foliage can be an early as late September in this mountainous area of northern New England. Columbus Day weekend is a busy and beautiful time of the year. Be sure to book your lodging accommodations in advance. Browse our selected inns, resorts, hotels, vacation rentals, campgrounds and pet friendly lodging sections.
NH Fall Foliage Drives by Region
Great North Woods NH Fall Foliage Drives
Berlin, Colebrook, Errol, Dixville, Lancaster, Pittsburg
White Mountain NH Fall Foliage Drives
North Conway, Lincoln, Woodstock, Littleton, Franconia, Gorham, Jackson, Sugar Hill, Whitefield, Waterville Valley
Lakes Region NH Fall Foliage Drives
Laconia, Rochester, Plymouth, Ossipee, Meredith, Ashland, Wolfeboro, Bristol, Winnipesaukee
Dartmouth Lake Sunapee NH Fall Foliage Drives
Lebanon, Hanover, Claremont, Newport, Tilton, Lyme, Plainfield, Newport
Monadnock NH Fall Foliage Drives
Keene, Peterborough, Fitzwilliam, Westmoreland, Chesterfield
Merrimack Valley NH Fall Foliage Drives
Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Salem, Derry, New London, Merrimack, Loudon
Seacoast NH Fall Foliage Drives
Portsmouth, Dover, Durham, Hampton, Exeter, Rye, Hampton Beach
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