Leaf peepers will soon fill New Hampshire’s roads as they flock to witness the turning of the leaves, but we know an even better way to experience this beautiful season than through the windshield of your car. The cool, crisp air of autumn is ideal weather for hiking and the riot of color offered by the fall foliage is the perfect backdrop. Lace up your boots, get outside and find some of the best views in New England with a hike in the White Mountains that promises big foliage payoffs.
If you prefer to start off slowly, the Lincoln Woods Trail is convenient and an easy hike (visitor center at the trailhead at SR 112 Kancamagus Highway) that runs for 2.6 miles along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River. For more of a challenge, you can combine the trail with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains, just northeast of Lincoln, including the Black Pond Trail and the Franconia Brook Trail.
Together, the trails offer scenic mountain views, a beautiful waterfall and woodland adventure.
The New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club offers some great events for various ages and families, including guided hikes that are an excellent way for new hikers to give it a try.