My First Hunt of the Season

I wanted to start this week with a big THANK YOU to Mother Nature for turning the temp down just a bit and delivering a crisp fall feel to the Granite State.  Seems like the cool nights and warm days are just the push the leaves needed to start making the transformation into all those amazing colors we love so much!

NH Highway Map - travel route

My journey this week took me into the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region and Lakes Region.  I was soooo looking forward to sharing the travels with you via video until snafus with my selfie stick!  Selfie stick or not – I did capture scenery with still images… so let’s get on with this week’s show!

Leaves changing colors Red Leaves

Start your journey by heading up I-89 North.  You’ll start to notice a kaleidoscope of color beginning around Exit 5.  Pops of oranges, maroons, and yellows.  As a veteran leaf watcher, these tones are like some I’ve never seen before and are very cool! Watch for this color to come in and out all the way up the highway to where you get off 89 at Exit 17 (Enfield).

Mascoma Lake with boats Mascoma Lake with foliage

Follow Route 4 East.  But before you go too far – I’d recommend a slight detour down 4A around Mascoma Lake. WOW! What a beautiful spot!  And the color really hasn’t even started coming out here yet.  Watch out, because when it does, I can only imagine how stunning this scenery will be.

Scarecrow People outside church Changing leaves along river

Wind your way back onto Route 4, when you do be sure to keep watch for the cleverly crafted scarecrows ,an effort organized by the Enfield Village Association! As fun as these are – let’s not forget our focus: the leaves!  They’re looking quite lovely in Enfield Village!

Route 4 continues through the quaint communities of Canaan and Canaan Village.  This is where you’ll turn onto Route 118 North.  (If you’re not in a rush, stop by Mount Cardigan State Park – lovely this time of year).

Fall foliage along the road Small church with foliage on trees

Pops of color line this less traveled road – deep maroons, light oranges and the swamp maples along this route are some of the sights that caught my eye.  Right around the Groton and Rumney town line get ready to be wowed by breathtakingly beautiful mountain scenes.  While not peak foliage yet – it’s definitely worth it to stop and just enjoy the view.

Mountain views with field

Route 4 leads you to Route 25. The foliage isn’t as far along in this area but it’s still a pretty drive as you head east to Plymouth, and Interstate 93.  Once you get to Plymouth take a few minutes and stop by the Smith Millenium Bridge, one of the 54 covered bridges still remaining in New Hampshire.

Smith Covered Bridge

This is also a great selfie spot! In the coming weeks frame yourself up with fall and the Baker River behind you.  If you have a great selfie spot please feel free to share it!

Until next week – keep peeping those leaves! And be sure to follow Leaf It To Kris on Facebook and Instagram for daily leaf updates and fun fall activities.

PS! Can’t forget to share an update on how the leaves are looking in my neighborhood!

village-st Quiet street with trees