The Route Less Traveled for Fall Foliage in the White Mountains

No matter where your base is when you come to the White Mountains this fall, you can find a route less traveled to get the most bang for your foliage buck. Bring your camera and go on a hunt for hidden foliage treasure.

Taking Route 16 north to Gorham will offer you beautiful mountain scenery and stunning fall foliage in the eastern White Mountains. On your way you will travel through the village of Jackson and might see the Pumpkin People at some of the town’s participating businesses. You will then come into Pinkham Notch where you can stop to take photos at Glen Ellis Falls. Wildcat Mountain is also along this route and you can certainly stop to take a gondola ride with incredible views of Tuckerman’s Ravine and Mt. Washington. Once in Gorham you can loop around onto Route 2 to Jefferson Notch Road which brings you back to Base Station Road at the Cog Railway .

Head west on Route 112 from North Woodstock to find the hidden gems of the fall foliage season. Your first stop will be Lost River Gorge in the heart of Kinsman Notch. The colors are outstanding from the Mountain Top Overlook within the Gorge and the leaves brings a glow to the caves that you can’t see any other time of year. Continuing on you will come to the Swiftwater Covered Bridge in Bath which is on the National Register of Historic Places in New Hampshire. When you get to Route 10 , head south to the historic town of Orford, which is on the beautiful Connecticut River. In the center of town, look for the historic “ridge” homes, of which the town is known for. The houses and farms were built between 1773 and 1839.

If you’re exploring the historic and recently reconstructed Main Street of Littleton, take a little extra time to head to the northern end of the White Mountains on Route 135 to Lancaster. On the way you will pass the beautiful Moore Reservoir, a 3,000 acre lake known for its fishing and serene mountain views. In Lancaster, make sure you stop by Fuller’s Sugarhouse , a family owned and operated country store where they make their own maple syrup and maple products.

From Conway, you can take two side trips with not a lot of foliage traffic. Heading north on Route 113 will bring you to the town of Chatham and the idyllic Basin Pond. In the fall, it is surrounded by a gorgeous display of fall foliage. Heading south from Conway on Route 153 you will pass Conway Lake, which is a picturesque place to stop and see the foliage. Continuing on, you will come to the small and quintessential New Hampshire town of Eaton. You will be greeted by historic white houses, a little white church, and the aptly named, Crystal Lake.