6 Photo Opps for Fall Foliage around NH’s Merrimack Valley Region

Leaves on walkway with path running along a white wooden fence, maple tree in the distance

Close up of stone pillars with fence, cows in background in field

Just because it’s the last weekend of October, doesn’t mean we have to forget about the foliage.  We mapped out a route around the Merrimack Valley Region where fall is still hanging on for a bit longer.  Come on and follow along!

What better way to start the day than with a trip to Canterbury Shaker Village.  Even in the morning fog it’s such a beautiful spot! This national historic landmark is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Canterbury Shakers. Shaker building with maple tree on one side, leaves on tree chnaged to shades of orange

Close up of cat with maple trees and Shaker building in background

Explore the grounds, which includes 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 700 acres of forests, gardens and nature trails.  If you time it right you might just get a glimpse of their resident cat.

Exterior of Revelstoke Coffee Shop

Wide shot inside Revelstoke Coffee Shop with staff making coffee and customers sitting at tables

 

 

Top down image of that fall drink, decorated with a leaf on top Finished up at Shaker Village just in time for a mid-morning coffee.  My go to place for my morning brew is Revelstoke on Main Street in Concord.  It’s got a hip vibe and the coffee and staff are fantastic. Their specialty drinks are so good. A fav right now? “that fall drink,” of course.

New Hampshire State House with golden dome, US flag and NH state flag on top of building

Close up of bell and hydrangea bush out in front of the NH Statehouse

Step outside Revelstoke and right across the street is the New Hampshire Statehouse.  With so many spots to snap a picture perfect view – you just have to!

Long shot of Broken Boulder Trail, Kris walking on trail in distance

Stairway made out of wooden logs leading down to Smith Pond

Back on the road and headed for Bear Brook State Park. Spread over 10,000 aces this is a great place for outdoor adventure.  There’s camping hiking, biking, archery, swimming, and fishing just to mention a few. We opted for a hike and took the Broken Boulder Trail en route to Smith Pond.

View out to Smith Pond

It’s a fairly quick walk through the woods and within 15 minutes you’ll be at this quiet serene spot.

Kris posing with small bear carved out of a tree trunk

While you’re here be sure to pose for a snapshot with one of the resident bears. Another good trail option to consider to get to Smith Pond is the Pitch Pine Trail.

Medium shot of Chester Covered Bridge with colorful leaves on right hand side and wooden fence on the left side

Side view of the bridge

A covered bridge in Chester located at the Wason Pond Community Center was our next stop.  Talk about an idyllic location.  Volunteers from the town built the bridge for the community back in 2011.  Don’t plan to drive your car over this one though, it’s for pedestrians only.

Long shot of Kris biking on the rail trail

Section of the rail trail with rock wall going along one side of the pathFrom there it was onto the Windham Rail Trail.  The trail, which runs about 14 miles, passes through a woodsy section of town. Most of the trail is paved which makes for a great smooth ride. Not to mention all the great scenery along the way.

Railroad Caboose parked near entrance to rail trail

We hopped on at the Windham Depot – right by an old Caboose – how cool is that?

Kris standing on bridge looking at Baboosuc Brook

Section of brook flowing downhill with cascades of waterfalls

Close up of waterfall We wrapped up our day at Twin Bridge Park in Merrimack.  What a great find!  There’s about 7 different trails here to explore – several of them leading to baboosic brook and multiple cascades of small waterfalls.  Check out the two bridges while you’re there… they’re how the park got its name.

The foliage is changing quickly and no doubt will soon be moving past peak, so be sure to get out and get a glimpse of it while you can.  Be sure to follow our travels throughout the fall season on Facebook and Instagram!