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Foliage Reports

Update for Friday, October 26, 2018

Great North Woods: Past Peak
Another foliage season has come to a close in the Great North Woods, with the colors of fall moving past peak and the majority of leaves decorating the ground and roadways rather than the trees. Don’t let that discourage you from a trip up to this beautiful part of the state where recreation and wildlife watching are just a couple of the amazing activities you can experience year round. To learn more about the Great North Woods region, click here.

White Mountains: Past Peak
The transition from fall to winter has begun in the White Mountains Region.  Snowfall early this week shook quite a bit of autumn’s beautiful leaves off the trees.  It's looking a bit more like winter than fall up here now- Wildcat Mountain is even planning to open for skiing and riding this weekend! However, there is a bit more color remaining towards the southern part of the region. Try the Campton area around Waterville Valley for a final White Mountain leaf peeping trip.  The Lincoln/Woodstock area is also reporting a few last pops of color in the trees. Though many leaves have fallen, what does remain still makes for a pretty drive. And as the foliage season wraps up, be sure to start planning now for your winter mountain adventures! Click here to learn more.

Lakes: Past Peak
In the Lakes region, most of the trees have become muted yellows and oranges, signs that the foliage is past its peak.  Despite quite a bit of leaf drop over the past week, visitors to the area will still find a nice mix of color that includes some reds, oranges, and golds scattered among the trees.  Try a drive on Route 109 from Wolfeboro to Moultonborough.  Route 113 through Tamworth to Sandwich has also been a lovely drive this fall.  If you’re headed up for the weekend, you’ll probably still find some foliage throughout many of the towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee and the views of the big lake are stunning no matter what season you visit, so plan your next getaway today! Click here to get planning.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee: Past Peak
Foliage has moved past peak in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region.  The leaves that were so bright and vibrant just a short time ago have started to fade, and toasted shades of gold and brown are taking their place.  You will find pockets of brighter color here and there- try near Sunapee or further south in the region for your best bet at what remains for foliage right now. And despite the leaf drop and duller tones, it is still a beautiful time of year to drive the many back roads up around the Hanover area. The remaining leaves add a nice colorful backdrop to the beautiful country roads. There are lots of great country inns and hotels in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region- start planning your next trip today, click here.

Monadnock Past Peak
The Monadnock region is definitely headed well past peak. It's still quite lovely though- when the sun is shining, blankets of leaves glow along roadsides and across forest floors.  Many trees are now bare but a few are still displaying some beautiful shades of gold and coral.  Try a scenic drive on Route 101 heading from Peterborough through Dublin, to Marlboro and Keene. Route 63 from Chesterfield to Westmoreland is a nice drive, too. There are lots of great upcoming events, plus year round recreation and activities in the Monadnock region, so be sure to visit again even after the leaves have fallen.  Click here to plan your trip now!

Merrimack Valley: 75% - Past Peak
The Merrimack Valley region continues to show quite the mix of foliage.  From completely bare trees to others that are full of bold color, you’ll find it all here right now. I-93 from Concord to Canterbury still has a nice mix of color, but definitely is looking more like late fall now. The exception is the completely yellow trees which still look spectacular in the sunlight! This weekend should provide leaf peepers with a decent bit of color from the Massachusetts line up through Manchester, Milford and Amherst. It won’t be the bright show of weekends past, but there should be enough color to make it worth the ride. Be sure to make a stop for lunch and shopping in one of our bigger cities like Manchester, Nashua or Concord. Learn more about visiting the Merrimack Valley region year round by clicking here.

Seacoast 75-95%
The Seacoast is where you want to be if you’re still looking for peak color in New Hampshire. Though the wind, rain and frost have started to scatter the leaves and the early trees are growing bare, the oaks are just coming into golden color- foliage season is definitely not over yet! Some recommended drives for the upcoming weekend will be Routes 33, 108, 101, 85 and 88. Even after the leaves have fallen, plan to visit the Seacoast region later this fall and winter. The Portsmouth area has wonderful holiday events and our coastal towns are beautiful year round. Learn more here.