These 5 NH spots offer spectacular fall foliage views
CONCORD — Every year when fall rolls around, the Granite State attracts thousands of people hoping to get a glimpse of the famous New England foliage. From the White Mountains to the lakes region to Mount Monadnock to the Seacoast, there's many breathtaking spots to view foliage.
NH1 has compiled the Top 5 places with the best view.
5. Foss Mountain
Foss Mountain, located in Eaton of the White Mountain region, is a great place to see a 360-degree view of the fall landscape. There are two summits on Foss, but the northern, lower peak has the best views overlooking Silver Lake.
Taking the "Foss Mountain Trail" is less than a mile hike to the lower summit. When in season, this trail offers blueberries along the path.
Along with the incredible foliage, Foss Mountain overlooks an Foss Mountain Farm, which is home to alpacas. To set up a visit at this farm that spins its own wool, call (603) 447-6548.
The hike itself is rated easy and quick. A wide, open ridge provides an excellent spot to view the foliage. The views include Mount Shaw, the Ossipee Range and the Belknap Range.
4. Meredith Foliage Train
Not a fan of hiking to see the foliage? No problem! Fall foliage trains are offered starting Sept. 30 and continuing through October. This train is a round-trip excursion that departs from Meredith and heads north toward the White Mountains.
This seasonal route lasts about four hours, making several stops along the way. The seats are comfortable, and the windows are specially designed to open for exceptional photography.
The train passes Lake Waukewan, Lake Winona, and the Pemigewasset River from Ashland to Plymouth. The train stops at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth where guests are served a "hot buffet lunch."
The fall foliage train is a great way to view the state's best foliage while sitting back and relaxing. For complete details you can visit their website here.
3. Sharon Ledges
Also known as the Temple Mountain Ledges, the Sharon Ledges offer breathtaking views for "leaf-peepers." The Wapack Trail is the best trail for its pathway through a spruce forest and fern gardens.
The Sharon Ledges overlook forests and Victorian-style homes in the small New Hampshire towns below.
The beautiful views are of Mount Monadnock and Mount Watatic in the distance.
The 3.5 mile hike each way will take a total of about four hours. A rocky footpath follows a stone wall up to the majestic summit. Chairs sculpted out of rocks and rock cairns give this trail its own personal touch.
Gary's Harvest Restaurant is on Route 101 near the base of the mountain. This is a great family-oriented restaurant that offers a taste of New Hampshire with pies and pancakes served with maple syrup.
Franconia also offers great foliage views from the top of Cannon Mountain. There two options to get to the top.: Hiking or the tram.
The hike could take up a large chunk of the day, so if you don't want to do that, hop on the Aerial Tramway, a large cable car that holds 80 passengers.
The ride up shows off the gorgeous views while traveling 100 feet above the trees.
Once at the top, the Rim Trail is an easy pathway that will take you to the best spot to see the fall foliage.
There is a cafe, bar and restrooms available, as well as an observation deck that has picturesque views. From there you can see down into Franconia Notch and mountains from Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada.
After seeing the stunning views, check out the Old Man of the Mountain Museum and grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants and breweries in the area.
1. North Conway
As one of, if not THE, most popular foliage viewing spot in New Hampshire, it's no wonder this made the list. North Conway is located in the White Mountain National Forest. In such a vast area though, it's hard to decide on a specific place to see these changing leaves.
Specifically, in the North Conway area, the Kancamagus Highway is known for awe-inspiring views. The "Kanc," as the locals call it, is 26 miles of scenic roadways.
The Kancamagus Highway is a National Scenic Byway, meaning it does not have homes or service stations along the way. Instead, leaf-peepers can fully view the various trees and changing colors.
The highest point of the highway, the Kancamagus Pass, is a good place to stop and look around. Some of the best places to do so are the Sugar Hill, Pemigewasset and Hancock overlooks. Less than half a mile hike will take you to Sabbaday Falls, which offers an amazing view.
Fall foliage reaches its peak in early October; so be sure to plan your trip around then. You can check the status of the foliage with the tracker here.