Exploring Fall Foliage in The Lakes Region

Best Scenic Vistas in New Hampshire

When the nights grow cold and the days are warm, Lake Winnipesaukee’s leaves shift into a festival of colors. People from all over the world flock to see the fall foliage in New Hampshire that never disappoints. The amber Sugar Maples, cranberry Red Maples, golden yellow birches, and copper leafed oaks are just a few who can put on quite the show. Peak color season changes per location based on temperature and elevation; Usually, fall foliage appears mid-September and lasts through late October. Our music festivals and concert season may be over, but Great Water’s is set in a prime location for one of the best scenic vistas in New Hampshire to visit; Wolfeboro – The Oldest Summer Resort on Lake Winnipesaukee, includes breathtaking views. We’ve narrowed down the choices to our top five places around Lake Winnipesaukee.

  1. Guests visiting from out of town especially love to experience New Hampshire’s fall foliage by boat. Whether you find a boat rental or take a guided cruise on the M/S Mount Washington, you’ll see the same fall foliage amount. There are many boat rental facilities around Lake Winnipesaukee, so you’ll have no problem finding the boat you need.
  2. Gunstock Mountain also has an impressive nature palette. You can travel to the mountain’s summit by hiking or riding a chairlift. The trek to the top of the hill is well worth the hassle; the beautiful leaves and picturesque views cannot be seen anywhere else. Be sure to take pictures!
  3. Guests of all ages will love the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. Hop on the train and ride along the coast of Lake Winnipesaukee. You’ll catch different views of the fall foliage than you would from a boat or a mountain. Opt for a quick afternoon ride or an all-day tour. The train even offers a dinner trip, which would be a great date night!
  4. Are you looking for a beautiful hike that allows you to bring your furry friend while offering Lake Winnipesaukee views? Look no further than Red Hill Fire Tower Trail in Moultonborough, NH.
  5. Another popular hike for fall foliage is at Mount Major in Alton Bay. This hike is more on the challenging side, so be sure you are prepared and review the mountain’s terrain before attempting this journey.

Castle in the Clouds

If you are looking for the best location to view Lake Winnipesaukee’s fall foliage, look no further than Castle in The Clouds. Our partner for the 2021 Concert in the Clouds Series has not only a spectacular view of the surrounding lakes region but offers a unique experience as you visit the iconic Castle. This historic building was built in the early 1900s as a 16 room arts and crafts mansion. The property spanned 6300 acres to included stables, a six-car garage, two gatehouses, a greenhouse, a golf course, tennis court, a man-made lake, a boathouse on Lake Winnipesaukee, and miles of trails. Plan your visit today as the last tour will be offered on October 25th.

Great Waters

We have missed seeing you this summer, but we hope you can still spend time witnessing the incredible fall foliage in New Hampshire is an unforgettable experience. The fall foliage is incredibly unique around Lake Winnipesauke because it has one of the longest-lasting color displays around. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery, and don’t forget to stop by and say Hi at the Great Waters Office (hours are limited, please call before you arrive).

Are you looking for somewhere to stay?
Call 603-569-7710 or email us at info@greatwaters.org so that we may suggest one of our partners in the area.