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Fall foliage update for 30 Sept

Just a quick update on where I found fall colors today. First! I did NOT find “peak” anywhere. That said, for the average leaf peeper, I think you will be very happy in northern New Hampshire.

Franconia Notch fall foliage in New Hampshire

Franconia Notch viewing

Here is my 365 mile Route: At 5:30AM we headed up I-93 to Franconia Notch. There is only a “little color” from Concord NH to the Route 18 exit above Franconia Notch.  but this will be changing over the next week. I could see some nice reds from the old Route 3 overpass (walking bridge) but Canon Mountain is very green in comparison.

If we don’t get hit with two much wind and rain in the Sugar Hill area we will hopefully see the reds last until the orange and golds catch up… IF THIS HAPPENS then you will witness an incredible scene. So lets cross our fingers!

Breakfast at Polly’s Pancake House

Polly's Pancake ParlorI love to stop at Polly’s and I had 6 pancakes (3 blueberry and 3 apple/cinnamon) Lisa had eggs, toast and potato pancakes along with a taste of mine. Below is an image from just down the road from Polly’sand as you can see the colors on 117 near Polly’s are very acceptable.

Near Polly's Pancake House, New Hampshire

Near Polly’s Pancake House, New Hampshire

The we drove up Route 18 to 302 through Bethlehem, past twin mountain and at Faybans train station we headed towards the Cog railway. Only a little color at the flank of Mount Washington. Before getting there we hooked a left onto Jefferson Notch road and took this dirt road up to Gorham.

Stream side on Jefferson Notch road

Stream side on Jefferson Notch road

At Gorham we headed down Route 16 towards the front side of Mount Washington and Pinkham Notch. There was decent color down to  the Mount Washington auto road but quickly was down to an occasional tree from there to Conway.

Jackson Covered Bridge

At Jackson I stopped to see what the Jackson covered bridge was looking like. This is one of those difficult shots because the mountain (hill) in the background is still mostly green but the trees near the bridge are either fully turned (bright red) or with tinges of orange but still green. Here is the conundrum. How to catch the mountain and all the near trees fully turned? I have gotten it yet.

Jackson New Hampshire covered bridge under New England fall foliage

Jackson New Hampshire covered bridge

From there we drove through Conway south on 16 and while there were trees of different shades of red and orange all the way to Massachusetts, the best color is up in Franconia Notch over to North Woodstock and Sugar Hill.

Everything else was just a tease.

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
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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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30 Sept foliage update — 13 Comments

  1. We are leaving Bar Harbor on route 1 A near Bangor now. Colors are amazing. We will be in Glenn NH this afternoon. I think we are in for a beautiful drive

  2. I was out photographing Fall Foliage on Sunday and North Central Massachusetts is pretty close to peak. Woodstock, Vt was another place that had good foliage. Northern Vermont is disappointing so far, I was all the way up in Newport,VT on Saturday and there wasn’t much there.

  3. we’re in north-central maine around moosehead lake/routes 6 and15, and colors coming out – wondrous reds/oranges/golds b/t greenville and rockwood, and between greenville & kokajo.

  4. We are here now and went to some of the places you mentioned! We have seen some reds, oranges and yellows! Although it’s not “peak”, it’s still beautiful! We are having a great time! We even drove up to the Canada border for a quick photo! Love it here!!!

  5. Will be in New England area starting Oct the 15th for a week, do you think this will be to late?

  6. Hi Jeff, thanks for the update! What about Vermont? Which area will have the most color by next week (mid week)?

  7. Thanks for the awesome report! Headed to the White Mountains on Monday, looks like our timing is on the mark! We’re headed to Manchester and Weston VT (gotta go to the Vermont Country Store) on Saturday then on to Jackson NH for the rest of the week.

  8. I made the trip north to Vermont, starting in Lyndonville and heading north. I went up Rt 114 to Norton then over to Averill. I’d say it’s about another week before it’s peak in that area. It was nice to see some real red in the trees that had started to turn. The weather was ok, overcast with some patches of blue. I guess I’ll hold off going back up there till next weekend.

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