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New England’s fall foliage is bursting in northern Vt and NH!

A New Salem MA road that leads the eye into the center of the image full of New England fall colors

A road lined in beautiful fall colors

For the most part I have to say my predictions from January through August were correct but one thing that I couldn’t take into consideration was that the low temperatures that were prevalent across most of New England (the northern half at least) have started the color changing in a lot of areas that normally would still be green.

The Mohawk trail

On Saturday the rain let up and Lisa and I took a ride over the Mohawk trail (route 2 between Concord and the Berkshires). I took 2A through Bedford and along a portion of the battle road. When I got to the parking lot for the Hartwell Tavern, I had to pull in because of a single Scarlet red Maple tree that was glowing in the afternoon drizzle.

an example of a Maple all dressed in scarlet red hues

red Maple tree at the Hartwell Tavern

After that we continued on to Concord and jumping on route 2 which is the beginning of the Mohawk trail. All the way along route to we were amazed by the bright colors of the swamp Maples which usually are not quite peak at this point (only just beginning).

Fall foliage along Mohawk trail

Fall foliage along Mohawk trail

I just got done driving half of the Mohawk trail. And between Concord MA and Turner Falls, the color on the hills above route to is about what you’d expect for the first week of Oct. I have to admit that the swamp maples lining route 2 (mohawk Trail) were at or are almost at peak, which for the average driver is all they need to get out and view the colors.

Reports of Fall foliage

Routes to look at this week… Routes 302, 16, and 2 in NH and 105, 58, 100 and those in the NEK of Vermont. Over in Maine, Routes 2, 26 and 17… There are so many to go on but these are very nice ones.

Judy Lombardi says that Jenne farm is close to peak and she posted a picture of it with some very nice color but she did say there is also evidence of leaf drop and bare branches in the shots.

Little Gorge by  Michele Brenholtz

Little Gorge by Michele Brenholtz

Michele Brenholtz sent in a shot from near Dixville Notch. I think this is showing peak pretty nicely.

I’ll have some suggested routes over the next few days in follow on articles. Be sure to stop back often to check for updates and stop in on my Fall foliage Facebook page to ask questions and chat with others…

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Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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Jeff Foliage

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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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Weekend fall foliage report for New England — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Jeff, I’m hesitating between this weekend (the 5th) or next (the 12th) to go up to NH from Providence with my boyfriend to see the fall foliage. We were thinking Jackson, NH but I want your opinion about which weekend will be better to see peak foliage. We plan on spending the weekend there. Thanks!

    • I was just up in North Conway and Bartlett all last week (Sep24th). Barlett was looking mighty beautiful and all along the higher elevations in Pinkham notch as well as Crawford notch. North Conway wasn’t quite there yet, but the next two weeks will be perfect. Enjoy

    • I just got back from the northern NH and like Stbradle said Pinkham Notch and points north are looking great. In fact I would say draw a line across the Kancamagus and most all points north are looking very good. I did feel as of this afternoon that Conway and Jackson weren’t quite at peak yet. Conway and Jackson always seem to take a little longer. BUT! they both have good color so you should still be happy (I’m just picky) There is rain in the forecast between now and Sat so it’s your call.. If you wait until the following week you will be looking at the lakes region instead of the White Mtns.

      • Thanks! I might just wait until the weekend of the since virtually all hotels are booked during Columbus day weekend in that area! I’m not kidding. Do you have recommendations on routes/towns in the lakes region? Alternatively, since I’m not dead set on NH, I could go up to Maine.

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