Generally speaking, the best time to go leaf-peeping in Northern New Hampshire is between the end of September and beginning of October. While colors have been slow to develop so far this season, that is expected to change rapidly now that below freezing temperatures have arrived.
To follow the progression of color across the state, check out VisitNH’s Foliage Tracker. This handy tool will help you gauge when peak foliage will hit each region.
If you are planning to head north for some outdoor recreation this weekend (or in the coming weeks) here are a few personal favorites you might consider exploring when you visit the Great North Woods and White Mountains Region:
1. Beaver Brook Falls Wayside
This little wayside park packs a big punch. It features an 80 foot tall waterfall that is framed beautifully by autumn leaves.
Located in Colebrook, NH.
2. Dixville Notch State Park
This often overlooked notch is spectacular in fall! A drive through Dixville Notch State Park will provide dramatic mountain views with vibrant splashes of color. There are several pull-offs available if you want to get out for a quick hike. Stop at one of the many waterfalls like the Baby Flume and Huntington Cascade, or scramble up to the top of Table Rock for a jaw-dropping view of the Balsalms Resort and down through the notch.
Located in Dixville, NH.
3. Jericho Mountain State Park
This park has so many miles of trails for OHRVing, biking, horseback riding or hiking. The best display of color here, however, is right along the edge of Jericho Lake. Bring your kayak and get out on the water for the most vibrant colors. Jericho Mountain also has a campground with 20 sites if you want to stay a few nights and explore all the park has to offer.
Located in Berlin, NH.
4. Milan Hill State Park
This charming park has walking trails, picnic areas and a highly relaxing atmosphere. For leaf peepers, the fire tower at the top of Milan Hill provides some of the best views of the region and never disappoints this time of year.
Located in Milan, NH.
5. Weeks State Park
Here’s another hidden gem that may not be on your radar yet! Weeks State Park shines during foliage season and is a great spot to beat the leaf-peeping crowds. Located on top of Mt Prospect, this park features a stone fire tower and the summer home of former Congressman John Wingate Weeks. There are walking trails here and the Auto Road is a gorgeous little ride when framed by fall colors.
Located in Lancaster, NH.
More Autumn Inspiration
For more Fall inspiration watch some of the Fall foliage videos created by NH Travel & Tourism from the Great North Woods and White Mountains in 2019 and 2018: