The leaves are at peak foliage right now in New Hampshire, so take advantage of this weekend when you can get out and enjoy the foliage available in full force! Although a car ride is nice, there’s something wonderful about getting out on a trail – smelling fall, listening to the leaves crunch beneath your feet, and feeling the cool breeze on your face. Here are 7 of the best foliage hikes in New Hampshire!
1. Mount Kearsarge, Wilmot
Mount Kearsarge provides absolutely stunning views of the New Hampshire foliage, and the 1.1 mile trail to the summit is easy enough for the whole family. Find the trail base at 475 Mount Kearsarge Road in Wilmot.
2. Catamount Hill, Allenstown
This loop in Bear Brooke State Park will provide you beautiful views. The 2.3 mile look is short, but the state park has over 40 miles of trails that you can also explore. The park is at 157 Deerfield Road in Allenstown.
3. Pawtuckaway State Park, Nottingham
Amazing views aren't just found at the top of mountains. Pawtuckaway State Park provides beautiful foliage over wetlands and woods, and the flat trails are easier for people who may not be able to hike a mountain. Head to 128 Mountain Road in Nottingham.
4. Pack Monadnock, Peterborough
Pack Monadnock in Peterborough will take you through one of the oldest state parks, Miller State Park. The trail is easy enough for little ones, but has beautiful views and is great for bird watching. Access the park at 13 Miller Park Road, Peterborough.
5. Crawford Notch State Park, Hart's Location
Crawford Notch State Park has an array of trails, waterfalls and lakes, all of them surrounded by amazing foliage. The park is at 2057 Route-302 in Hart's Location.
6. Dixville Notch State Park, Colebrook
To catch the foliage in the great north woods you'll want to head to Dixville Notch ASAP. The views will be well worth the drive, and the trails can be accessed off Route 26 in Colebrook.
7. Belknap Mountain, Gilford
With beautiful views over the lakes region and easy access to other peaks, Mount Belknap is a great foliage hike. Access the trail head from Carriage Road in Gilford.