Road trip to NH’s Great North Woods: Waterfalls, Mountain Views and Fall Foliage too!

Downtown Lancaster with statue and building in background

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!

Mountain scenery and view of trees on hillside

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.

Muffins, breakfast sandwich, yogurt, fruit and granola.
Exterior of Mostly Muffins

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.

Waterfall and colorful leaves on trees

Close up of Waterfalls

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!


Foliage along roadway in Dixville Notch


View from Table Rock of the Balsams Resort

View of Dixville Notch

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.

Baby Flume Waterfall

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.

Huntington Cascade Waterfall

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.

Inside LL Cote Store with rows of merchandise

Fishing supplies inside LL Cote


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?

Foliage along the river

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.

Historic Nansen Ski Jump

Kris in front of foliage trees and mountain view

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.

Foliage along the lake at Jericho Mountain State Park

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!

Driving Directions

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.











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  1. Debbie September 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Love your blog Kris!
    We are planning a trip arriving in Boston on 10/21 and spending time in NH.
    I am hoping we are not too late to see all the magnificent color in the East.
    Any tips for accommodations and places to visit around this time would be awesome!
    Thank you!

    • kneilsen September 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Hi Debbie, With a little bit of luck there may still be some foliage for you to see. Historically peak is around mid-October. That said, what part of NH were you planning to visit, as that will help with suggestions! Thanks!

      • Debbie October 6, 2017 at 7:17 am

        Hey Kris,
        We are winging it and will go where ever, we hit it just right last year but this year we had to book a little later. We are flying into Boston and going from there.

        • kneilsen October 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

          Good luck! Hope you have a wodnerful trip!!

  2. Karen Bates September 21, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Thanks for the tour! Love Pittsburg and I have driven through Berlin but never stopped to tour!

    • kneilsen September 22, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thank you for your feedback Karen! It is a beautiful part of the state!

  3. Dale Bender September 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    No moose along Hwy 26 and 16 – Berlin to Errol and up to Colebrook? We hit the ground running on Oct. 4-14, so we are hoping we will get several pictures of Moose in and around this path. Thanks for the tip about Mostly Muffins. Sounds like a must stop place, even if they don’t have doughnuts.

    • kneilsen September 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Hi Dale, We had hoped to see a moose along that Route but we didn’t on that day. Hopefully you will have better luck! You just never know! 🙂 Yes, Mostly Muffins is an excellent spot to stop! Enjoy and hope you have a great trip!

  4. Shyam September 27, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Kris, we are planning to visit Great North Woods area as you mentioned in this blog this weekend on 30th September.Is this good time to see colrs in this area or should we wait for one more week to go to this?

    We were thinking to Great North Woods this week and white mountains next week.Please suggest.

    • kneilsen September 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Hi! From what we have seen, this weekend would probably be a good weekend to go to the Great North Woods area. When we were there on the 14th color was starting to come along. We have had some pretty hot weather since then so it’s slowed the foliage progression down just a bit. But the forecast starting tomorrow is calling for cooler weather… so that should help the leaves turn their beautiful colors! Then the White Mountains area might be good for next week! Hope this helps!

      • Shyam October 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks Kris for your response.We postponed our program seeing that most of the area is still green.Now we are visting Great North Woods on 7th October weekend and White Mountains on 14th October weekend.I hope we may see peak colors.

        • kneilsen October 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm

          Good luck, I hope you are able to see some beautiful colors on your trip!

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