Favorite route through Sugar Hill fall foliage

This is one of my favorite fall foliage routes in New Hampshire.

simple dirt road passing underneath a canopy of yellow and orange Maple trees in Maine

canopy of yellow and gold over dirt road

I have so many routes that I love to take that I can’t call one particular one my #1 favorite but it’s in my top 4 or 5.  🙂

If you don’t know what or Where Sugar Hill, New Hampshire is, then read on. Years ago I had heard about sugar hill and I heard folks in forums talk about it but I had never been there.

I was traveling up New Hampshire’s route 93 on a rainy, overcast day a few short years ago and pulled off in Lincoln, NH, to fill up my tank and coffee cup (both are equally important to me!).

For some reason I decided not to do the “Kanc,” (the Kancamagus Highway, a 34-mile scenic byway through the heart of the White Mountains). Maybe it was the siren call of exploring a different route that led me to head west on route 112 towards Woodstock, NH.

Route 112 heads west through Woodstock (NH) and can be a little difficult to follow but it’s not hard to stay on track. Route 112 is also called Lost River Road. If this route is at full peak color, you’ll probablywant to stop for photos every two minutes; but if you can keep that in check for a few miles, there’s an incredible spot ahead.

First stop: the Beaver Pond lookout

Beaver Pond Foliage in New Hampshire foliage

Fall color reflects on Beaver pond foliage

From exit 32 off 93, set your trip counter to zero and head west. You will travel 6.2 miles to the Beaver Pond pull-off. It will be on your left with a parking lot for 10-15 cars.

Early morning or late afternoon provides some dramatic light here. I arrived at 9:30 AM and it didn’t really do much for me even though it was a sunny day with blue skies. (This image was a foggy overcast morning) so not a bad time for fall colors

After you leave here, continue to travel 4.6 miles to route 116 taking the right hand turn. The next 5.4 miles will be very scenic and you will be in the outer edge of the White Mountain National Forest for most of it. Along the way, Route 116 will also become Easton Road and when you hit the 5.4-mile mark, there will be a left hand turn onto Sugar Hill Road.

Next you will come to a T-intersection where you will make a right and then an immediate left onto Easton Road. Go about 2/3 of a mile to where there is a house on the hill to your right and their barns on the left.

Second stop: Farm and barns on Easton Road

Shed with hill behind it covered in fiery maples ablaze

hill ablaze with Autumn color and red shed in Sugar Hill NH

There isn’t usually much traffic but it does happen, so pull off as far as you safely can. Here as you look left across the road, you will see the landscape climb sharply upwards to the top of Bronson Hill. If you time this right, your eyes should pop out of your head with the color since this valley is more than 80 percent sugar maples.

Now you may continue or, if you have a good map/GPS, you can explore the other two roads — Hadley and Toad Hill.

You will see on the map they all end up meeting on route 117. You are now in Sugar Hill, NH, and if you take a right and go 1,000 feet you’ll have the Sugar Hill Meeting house on your left.

Pollys-pancake-parlor

Pollys-pancake-parlor

Now, my purpose here is to whet your appetite to explore this area on your own. There are many shops and B&Bs in this area and if you just look a little farther ahead on the left you will see the famous Polly’s Pancake Parlor. So with that, I’ll leave you to think about all the maple syrupy goodness.

Now if all the maple syrup isn’t enough  then how about three covered bridges in the surrounding area of Sugar hill. All of these covered bridges are south and west of Sugar Hill but you are going to have to locate them. 🙂

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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