Best Places to See Stunning Foliage in New Hampshire

Fall view of the Swift River Covered Bridge in Conway New Hampshire

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Are you visiting The Granite State in autumn and planning to chase New Hampshire fall foliage? This guide reveals where you’ll find the best leaf peeping locations featuring subtle pops of reds, yellows, and oranges as well as explosions of traffic light shades in the sky!

You may also like our New Hampshire fall road trip itinerary, guide to train rides in New Hampshire, and also covered bridges.

And don’t skip our guide to New Hampshire in fall or our favorite things to do in New England in the fall for more inspiration.

Northern New Hampshire Fall Colors

Bretton Woods Fall Foliage

Nestled within Mount Washington, Bretton Woods is a perfect place to explore and enjoy amazing leaf peeping.

You can hike the Mount Willard Trail in the Pemigewasset Ranger District.

It’s a 3-mile trail in town that is rated as moderately challenging.

You’ll love the rolling hills, waterfall views, and sweet bird watching.

Or head to the Bretton Woods Gondola to enjoy the views of Mount Washington as you glide up to the top of Bretton Woods.

Bretton Woods gondola fall colors New Hampshire

Conway, NH Fall Foliage

Conway has some of the best hiking in the state and affords incredible panoramic views.

The South Moat Mountain Trail in the White Mountain National Forest is a difficult trail with amazing rewards.

The loop is 5.8 miles and will take about 4 hours to hike.

There is a steady climb, rather than a rock clambering adventure; you’ll enjoy this hike and you’ll get sweeping views of fall foliage throughout.

Here’s our guide to more New Hampshire hikes.

The Swift River Covered Bridge and the Saco River Covered Bridge are other locations in Conway where you can get a picture of the state’s famous historic bridges with trees surrounding them.

If you get a still day, there may be a reflection in the Saco River!

Fall view of the Swift River Covered Bridge in Conway New Hampshire

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Mount Washington is the largest and tallest mountain in the northeastern United States with complex trails and a scenic driving route to the peak.

Clocking in at 6,288 feet tall, whether you decide to hike or drive, you’ll find amazing fall foliage every step of the way.

Driving the Mt. Washington Auto Road is 7.6 miles and takes about 30 minutes to drive.

Make sure you come prepared to pay an entry rate, as well as a fee for additional passengers.

View from the Mt Washington Auto Road in Gorham New Hampshire

Lincoln, NH Fall Foliage

Lincoln is a wonderful town for hiking, especially the Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop.

If you’re up for a 9-mile hike, you’ll never forget the incredible views, stunning waterfalls, and even some wildlife spotting!

Mount Lafayette is one of the highest mountains in New Hampshire, which means you’ll get to find panoramic views of New Hampshire fall foliage.

The Mt. Pemigewasset hike is another fantastic option for a moderately challenging trail boasting big fall foliage views (pictured below).

If hiking isn’t your style of travel, hop aboard The Hobo Railroad (64 Railroad St) for an 80-minute journey through the White Mountains and the Pemigewasset River.

Lincoln is also home to Riverwalk Covered Bridge which is located at 18 Mill Street.

Read more about NH’s covered bridges here.

Fall colors White Mountains Mt. Pemigewasset trail in Lincoln New Hampshire

Central New Hampshire Fall Colors

Laconia, NH Fall Foliage

Laconia is known for its beautiful natural scenery, though this city was originally built as a manufacturing town.

For the best fall foliage, hike the Backbone Loop.

This 1.3-mile loop is perfect for a casual stroll alone or with the family.

There are so many trail options and combinations to explore and will be beautiful all fall long.

Docks on Lake Winnipesaukee in Weirs Beach, Laconia, New Hampshire

Meredith, NH Fall Foliage

If you need a little more than just sprawling mountains this fall, be sure to visit Meredith, NH.

You’ll be treated to gorgeous fall foliage in the mountains and amazing lake views along the shore.

Be sure to spend time in the downtown area for shopping and dining, but you should also make the most of the natural areas by hiking the Hamlin Trail.

The loop is 4.5 miles long and is categorized as moderately challenging.

You’ll skirt the lake and climb into the hills on this hike to enjoy the best fall foliage in New Hampshire.

Blue skies over Meredith Bay Lake Winnipesaukee

Southern New Hampshire Fall Colors

Nashua, NH Fall Foliage

If you’re looking for the best fall foliage in Nashua, NH, make sure you hike the Nashua River Trail.

This easy, 4.9-mile trail should take just over an hour and a half.

Take a late-season fishing trip, stroll around the thick woods, and enjoy the serene river views.

Keene, NH Fall Foliage

Keene is a unique, beautiful city in New Hampshire filled with nature trails, lakes and mountains.

One of the most iconic natural areas in town is Horatio Colony Nature Preserve (Daniels Hill Rd).

More than five miles of hiking trails are open to the public are clearly marked and are easy to navigate.

You can also visit Goose Pond Loop a 2-mile loop in Keene.

This loop is ideal for birding and hiking and perfect to visit all year-round.

There are also gorgeous water views, beautiful trees, and well-marked trails.

Allenstown, NH Fall Foliage

Allenstown is a perfect town to check out fall foliage this season.

Visit Bear Brook State Park (61 Deerfield Rd) and explore their 10,000 acres and miles of trails.

You can camp, hike, and fish in the largest developed state park.

There are 101 sites at the Bear Brook State Park campground, and it is open until mid-October.

If you’re just visiting for the day, you’ll find scenic trails and lovely picnic tables for the whole family.

New Hampshire Foliage Report

If you’re wondering when the best time to visit New Hampshire for fall colors is, be sure to follow the New Hampshire Foliage Report closely in the middle of the season.

Check out these daily foliage reports for each region throughout New Hampshire on the state’s official website.

Sugar Hill Scenic Vista in fall Kancamagus Highway New Hampshire

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