Autumn in New Hampshire is truly one of my favorite times of the year. And for those of you who’ve been following along since last fall, you know one of the things I love to do during this season is leaf-peeping! I’m so excited to once again be traveling around the state this fall to share the fantastic foliage New Hampshire is so well known for. Our first v-log is a trek through New Hampshire’s Great North Woods where we found waterfalls, incredible mountain scenery and foliage too!
We started our leaf-peeping quest in Lancaster, and headed up Route 3 North to Colebrook. There’s still quite a bit of green on the trees along this stretch of road, but the leaves are starting to transition. We saw some pockets of reds and orange along the hillside.
Once in Colebrook, we just had to make a stop at Mostly Muffins. Owners Jenn and Ricky (aka the Muffin Man) Poulin have been serving up homemade hospitality in this area for decades. As the name suggests, they make mostly muffins and ooooh the flavors they offer! Wow. But people also come from far and wide for their breakfast sandwiches, made with homemade rolls (in a word: delicious)! Stop in for a treat, eat it there or take it on the road to Beaver Brook Falls Wayside.
That was the next stop on our trek. Beaver Brook Falls is just a short drive up Route 145. What a beautiful spot! Enjoy the walking trails that take you right up close to the waterfalls. Or sit and enjoy a picnic lunch (or maybe a muffin!?!). From Beaver Brook Falls we headed down Route 26 toward Dixville Notch State Park. On your way, if you have a few minutes to spare, consider making a slight detour down East Colebrook Road to Bear Rock Road and The Keazer Farm Bed & Breakfast, a quintessential New England farmhouse with rolling fields. Perfect photo opp!
Driving into Dixville Notch we noticed a lot more color on the trees. To get a better view, we hit the trail. I’ve heard one of the best spots to see 360 degree views of this area is from up on Table Rock. So up the Table Rock Trail we went. It’s 3.3 kilometers round trip, and while a bit steep in a few spots it’s so worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to get to the top. Then, WOW! Did I mention, WOW?!? Jaw dropping views of the Notch and the Balsams too.
Dixville Notch boasts a couple of waterfalls, so after Table Rock we headed down the road to check them out. Baby Flume was our first stop. Here you’ll find a picnic area, and the gorge is a very short walk from your car.
Back in the car for just a minute, and you’ll be at the next waterfall. A five minute walk into the woods and you’ll come to Huntington Cascades.
From Dixville we continued down Route 26 to Errol. Once in Errol, we had to stop at the local landmark LL Cote, family owned and operated since the 1980’s. The store is huge! They sell just about everything you might need for an outdoor experience (and indoors too). Let’s put it this way, they’ve got everything from crock pots to kayaks, what more could you ask for?
From Errol, we turned onto Route 16 South to Berlin and through the 13 Mile Woods. This route follows the Androscoggin River. Colors are definitely starting to pop along the water and in swampy areas. On a side note, the Androscoggin is a great place for kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting – and there are a number of outfitters in this region that can set you up for a trip or guide you on one.
Just outside of Berlin we stopped off at the recently restored historic Nansen Ski Jump. This is a great place to take in the sweeping views of the river valley. There’s some nice color to be seen from up here too.
After Nansen, we headed down to Berlin and up Route 110 to wrap up our leaf peeping adventure at Jericho Mountain State Park. While we saw some nice early color around the Great North Woods, some places are just starting their fall transformation and others are a bit further along, so expect to see a whole lot more color throughout the region in the next couple of coming weeks. I’ve included driving directions for this route just below, and don’t forget to follow @LiveFreeWithKris on Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the fall. Stay tuned for our next fall foliage road trip through New Hampshire’s White Mountains! Until next time Live Free With Kris!
From Lancaster, head up Route 3 North to Colebrook. Once in Colebrook, make a stop on Parsons Street, at Mostly Muffins. From Mostly Muffins, get back on Route 3 North and follow that to Route 145. Go right on 145 to Beaver Brook Falls Wayside. From Beaver Brook Falls, go back down 145 into Colebrook, then turn left onto Route 26 toward Dixville Notch. Continue down 26, after passing the first entrance to the Balsams Wilderness on the right, look for a small parking lot, that’s where you can access the Table Rock Trail head. Continue down 26, you will go through Dixville Notch State Park, which is where Baby Flume and Huntington Cascade are located. From here keep following 26, to Errol, which is where you will pick up Route 16 South. Take Route 16, following the Androscoggin River down through Dummer, Milan and to Berlin. In Berlin, take Route 110 up to Jericho Mountain State Park.