5 Stops to See Fall Foliage in NH’s Great North Woods

Hard to believe but fall foliage season is here again! And Mother Nature is wasting no time creating a beautiful canvas of color across the landscape in New Hampshire.  Colors in the Great North Woods are already starting to shine. Take a look!

Exterior of Polish Princess Bakery on Main Street in Lancaster

Close ups of baked goods such as scones, muffins and coffee rolls

Close up of a pumpkin spice latte in a cup to go

First up on our itinerary is the Polish Princess Bakery in Lancaster.  Housed in a historic building right on Main Street, this has become a local favorite for their amazing homemade breads and pastries.  Not to mention all the other delights you’ll find like fresh made pizza.  And of course seasonal drinks! Is there really any other way to start a leaf peeping adventure than by fueling up with a pumpkin spice latte?


Long shot of historic stone fire tower

View out from window of fire tower with foliage in the foreground beyond

Next we headed to Weeks State Park.  Drive up the auto road to the summit of Mt Prospect and wow, you’re greeted with some pretty awesome views.  Walk around the estate grounds to see  the 360 degree views of surrounding mountains including the Presidentials, the Green Mountains, the Kilkenny Range, Percy Peaks and the Upper Connecticut River Valley.  One of my favorite places to take in all this spectacular scenery is from the stone fire tower, climb to the top for even more astounding views!

Wide shot of Stark Covered Bridge with foliage on the hillside behind it


Long shot of Stark Church with foliage in background

From Lancaster we made our way up the road to Stark and the iconic and historic Stark Covered Bridge.   You really can’t go wrong with a stop for a photo opp at a covered bridge, perhaps even more so during autumn.  Framed by a canvas of colorful leaves, it’s popular for its quintessential classic country charm.

Image showing cascades of Crystal Falls foliage along riverbanks nearby

Close up of Crystal Falls with foliage in trees behind the falls

Next we made our way up the road to Crystal Falls. I hadn’t heard of this spot before – but who can pass up a chance to chase waterfalls? Especially at this time of year!  One of the advantages of this one is its accessibility – if you’re not up for hiking into a waterfall – this one you can see right from the road.  It’s located off Dewey Hill Road in Stark. With multiple cascades that drop 35 or so feet it’s definitely a must see.

Kris riding a bicycle down the West Milan Trail foliage along the trail

View of the West Milan Trail with leaves covering trail view out to the river

From there we got back on the road and headed to Milan.  It’s always great to build in a little time for an activity like biking. On this trip we’re hitting the West Milan Trail. We accessed the trail from the West Milan North Trail Head.  You’ll want to pay close attention once you get on the trail, you won’t go far before the trail will go off to the left, the turn off is not well marked.  If you start heading up a steep hill you’ve gone too far.  You’ll know you’re on the right route, if you find yourself biking alongside the Upper Ammonoosuc River. There’s some great spots to get off your bike and walk down to the water to appreciate the foliage along the riverbank.

View of Kris up on fire tower looking out at the mountains and foliage beyond

Various shades of foliage with mountain vistas in the background

Our final stop of the day is at Milan Hill State Park and the fire tower located there. What an incredible spot to see the seasonal scenery and fantastic mountain vistas! On a clear day you can see mountain ranges not only in New Hampshire, but Maine, Vermont and Canada too. How cool is that?

View of Ammonoosuc River with foliage trees along the riverbank

The color is really coming along nicely in the northern region of the State, making the coming days and week a great time to plan a trip. A reminder to follow all our travels this fall on Facebook and Instagram!