A visit to the Mount Washington Valley this fall is a must-do, especially with the vibrant fall colors creating the perfect backdrop. Whether you are visiting for 24 hours or for a multi-day stay, sprinkle in some of these ideas to fully experience fall in this eastern region of the White Mountains.
Pumpkin People Tour
Driving around the Mount Washington Valley you may have noticed these whimsical pumpkin displays at area businesses. Pumpkin People have been an annual tradition for nearly 40 years and is a great way to take your time exploring the Valley. This self-guided driving tour brings you around to nearly 50 displays that are fun, funny, and sometimes spooky.
Settlers Green Art Walk
Fall is a great time to peruse the outlet shops and restaurants at Settlers Green Outlet Village and to also take a moment to appreciate the artwork, gardens, and labyrinth that are scattered throughout. Six artists were commissioned to create beautiful, public art along the grounds of Settler Green and include statues, murals, and selfie stations. Take a leisurely stroll to see how many you can discover.
Take a Walk in the Woods at Thorne Pond Conservation Area
There are many beautiful trails in the Mount Washington Valley, but this one always seems to come back to the top of our list. This family-friendly trail system is wonderful for 4-season recreation and is a beautiful place to go for a walk in the fall. This is a shared trail system with mountain bikers so be on the lookout for bikes! One of the trails here loops around Thorne Pond, a man-made snowmaking pond. Other trails meander along the Saco River where you can set up a chair to relax or toss a few rocks in the water.
Explore Covered Bridges
The White Mountains is home to 29 historic covered bridges and there are several stunning examples of these right here in the Mount Washington Valley. The Albany Covered Bridge is on the far eastern end of the Kancamagus Highway, Conway boasts two covered bridges; the Saco River and the Swift River, and don’t forget about Jackson’s famous Honeymoon or Kissing Bridge! (When stopping to view these beauties, please be mindful that most of these bridges allow car traffic).
This beautiful roadside waterfall in the quaint village of Jackson is a must-visit when heading to the Mount Washington Valley. There are benches to and picnic tables to sit at and enjoy the sound of water cascading over boulders and a foot bridge to soak in the views of the falls and the mountains beyond.
Looking to extend your stay? Spend the night at one of Mount Washington Valley’s charming Bed & Breakfasts or Inns. Head further north on Route 16 to the Mount Washington Auto Road to drive yourself or take a guided tour to the summit of Mount Washington. Two wheels more your speed? Rent a bike at Great Glen Trails and explore their trail network which includes gravel and wooded paths.