Massachusetts August 27, 2017
This Dreamy Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Fall Foliage In All Of Massachusetts
Fall in New England is in a league of its own, and Massachusetts is home to some of the most dazzling fall foliage in the entire region. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful walk through a colorful forest, a mountaintop from which to take in the splendor of the season, or a spot to sit with a coffee amidst the leaves, this road trip through some of the best leaf-peeping spots in the state will absolutely take your breath away.
1. Noanet Woodlands, Dover
You don’t have to travel too far from the city to get an eyeful of some gorgeous foliage. Head to the Noanet Woodlands to take in a sky-high view of Boston and wander 17 miles of leafy paths and trails.
2. Ravenswood Park, Gloucester
Beside having a name right out of a spooky story, this park offers a stunning fall show of gold and scarlet foliage and plenty of woodland walking trails. Bring your dog for an autumn romp across this 600-acre reservation.
3. Appleton Farms, Ipswich
Appleton Farms is a 375-year-old working farm that offers picturesque lanes through towering, colorful trees. You can wander the farm at your leisure and even pick up a few homemade and homegrown goodies while you’re at it. (219 County Road, Ipswich)
4. Weir Hill, North Andover
You get the best of forest and water at Weir Hill. The stunning lake in this Merrimack Valley spot reflects the foliage that surrounds the water, essentially doubling the autumnal delight. A beautiful place to paddle out over the water and take in the natural splendor.
5. Montague Book Mill, Montague
You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful place to kick back with a coffee (or something stronger) and a book. Head to the Montague Book Mill to browse stacks of second-hand tomes and take in the changing leaves from within the charming bookshop or out on the patio overlooking the river. (440 Greenfield Road, Montague)
6. Mount Greylock
You can’t get a view like this anywhere else in Massachusetts. That’s because Mount Greylock is the highest point in the state, and incredible panoramas that the peak affords are perfect for viewing the maximum amount of colorful leaves at once. You can drive up to the top if you’re not in the to get out and hike.
7. Bear Swamp, Ashfield
Head to Bear Swamp (it’s actually not too swamp nor too beary) to admire the gorgeous leaves that ring Beaver Pond. The tall maple and birch trees are some of the loveliest in the area and incredibly photogenic.
8. Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield
This reservation features a quiet little pond with a necklace of fiery foliage. You can perch on a stony outcropping over the water and take in the autumnal tranquility.
9. Monument Mountain
This mountain is beautiful in all seasons, but the autumnal pigments of the white pine and oak forests that blanket the peak are truly breathtaking. If you don’t mind a bit of a hike, take the afternoon and trek to the top for a beautiful view of Southern Berkshire County.
10. Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield
This park actually features more types of forest than anywhere else in Berkshire County. This translates to a smorgasbord of foliage varieties and dazzling colors. Hiking to the top of the hill affords a spectacular view of the lower woodlands.
Tune in soon to catch Part II to our fall foliage road trip, especially since t
his year is predicted to be one of the best seasons ever for fall foliage in Massachusetts.