When is peak Autumn foliage in New Hampshire?
This is probably the most asked question that I ran into, right next to when his peak autumn fall foliage in Vermont? Okay, you can also replace Vermont with Maine, Massachusetts, well, you get the point… either way it’s not here yet!
Event this weekend
The Highland games run this weekend at Loon mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The event runs from the 19th to the 21st. So if you ever wanted to do a Caber toss then take a run up to Loon MT. here is a link to the Highland Games.
Fall Foliage report for 17 September
This is my foliage report for the White Mountains. I left Salem not so early and drove up I-95 to route 16. From there I enjoyed my ride up to Conway center and then I took the Washington Street turn and snapped a couple of shots of the Sacco and Swift River covered bridges.
From there I continued up to route 302 taking it back to where it joins with 16 N. and ended up to Jackson for lunch. I ate at Yesterday’s restaurant which serves breakfast and lunch all day. I had a blue cheese burger which was quite good.
I got back on the road and headed up to Jackson falls stopping for a couple quick pictures and then back onto route 16 and North to Pinkham notch.
As you can see in this picture the notch is just starting to get a little color and is still a week to two weeks away from peak fall foliage.
I headed back down 16 passing through downtown North Conway and arrived at the turnoff for route 112, the Kancamagus Highway and decided to stop at the Sacco River Park Ranger station which is an immediate right is you turn onto 112.
I learned they now have a map for the ways to find and get into Pondicherry wildlife reserve (yes I bought one) and they have many more maps for map junkies…
Over all the fall colors are coming along and unless the low temps we got last night and tonight really kick things in motion then we are still only a few days early on the colors.
Lower falls on the Kancamagus Highway alert
I learned that the lower falls is shut down for the year with renovation on the parking lot and the information booth. It will be handicap accessible and better drainage when they get done. I continued along the Kanc and stopped at one of the overlooks prior to the hairpin turn.
The colors that were there were pretty bright and we had some fairly dramatic clouds over the mountain view. I would say that if everything goes perfectly we on to see peak fall colors on the Kanc just before 1st of October. good color should be able to be found on the Kanc through the 5th or 7th of October with fading color after that.
Frost versus killing frost?
Every time I turned the radio station yesterday I kept hearing weather reports for killing frost in the mountains. I have talked to several photographers across northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and they’re going to keep their eyes on the higher elevations to see if there was any real damage done.
My guess is that because the trees were very healthy and well watered this summer, this Frost won’t hurt them too much, but! I’ve got people watching to see what happens.
Vermont fall foliage report
The official Vermont website has been having some issues and I don’t know if it was just me or of all of you haven’t been able to get to it either. But I’ve been working with the department heads and they came up with a new URL (listed below) here is the best bets according to the Vermont tourism folks.
I just got a new website URL for the Vermont foliage reports (URL is at the bottom of the post. They say:
In general, higher elevation areas in the northernmost regions will offer the most
panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys, and many low-lying marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied early season change. Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge is beginning to show color, as are Routes 242 and 100 near Jay Peak; plus Routes 16 and 5A in the Lake Willoughby area. The Worcester Range and Mount Elmore along Route 12 north
of Montpelier are tinged with early color, as are views from Route 14 in the Hardwick and Craftsbury region.
If you have any questions about the fall foliage or what you should be doing or where you should go leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will do my best to make some time to answer it. I try very hard to answer everybody’s comments in a timely fashion because I know some of you are making reservations based on my opinions.Jeff "Foliage" Folger
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