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High above Lake Winnipesaukee is the Castle in the clouds. From below you can see the flame orange fall colors with the house rising above it
Mt Washington sets out for a fall foliage tour on the lake

Mt Washington sets out for a fall foliage tour on the lake

New Hampshire’s Lake region offers incredible views and vistas year-round but during the autumn, this area really shines. From the largest of New Hampshire’s lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee down to the smaller lakes such as Squam Lake of “On Golden Pond” fame. To even smaller more intimate ponds with fall foliage reflecting in still waters. This area has much to offer leaf peepers.

Location

High above Lake Winnipesaukee is the Castle in the clouds. From below you can see the flame orange fall colors with the house rising above it

Castle in the clouds above lake Winnipesaukee

(put this in your GPS: 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254)

If you travel north of Lake Winnipesaukee on route 25 you’ll find the signs directing you to then head south on route 171 and a short way down on the left you will find the entrance to the Castle in the Clouds.

You drive in until you reach the small gatehouse where you pay $16/$12/$8 (adult/student/child) for entrance and then you drive up the side of the mountain to the lower parking lot. From here you’ll wait for the next shuttle to take you up to the house.

view from the Moultonborough estate called Lucknow and also known as the castle in the clouds

View from the castle in the clouds

Once there the caretakers will take you through the different rooms of the house explaining the history of Tom Plant and his mountain estate” Lucknow.

As you wander about the estate it does feel like you are in the clouds. Depending on your arrival date, (mid Oct is best) you may see a tapestry of fall colors surrounding the various lakes in the distance.

on the property of the castle in the clouds the state line many streams such as this one which has a small waterfall and a wooden walkway to get up close to the waterfall

walkway to a waterfall on the estate

Once you arrive back down at the lower parking lot you can walk the surrounding trails.

small stream surrounded by fall foliage colors and fallen leaves from red and yellow Maples

fallen maple leaves surround small stream in autumn

One of these trails has a wooden walkway leading up to a small waterfall. Depending on the timing of fall colors you may be treated to both a carpet of red-orange and gold leaves that reaches up into a canopy of fall  color.

Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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