Rest stop for foliage viewing
Somewhere between New Hampshire and Vermont on Route 89 you’ll find the George’s Mills rest stop. Actually it’s mile marker 44 between the exit for George’s Mills (before) and NH-10 (after).
Most rest stops that I’ve visited are usually surrounded by trees and rarely have scenic views. Below the rest area and in the distance is Stocker pond.
If you’re traveling up Route 89 in New Hampshire in early to mid-October, make sure you stop at George’s Mills. [Click links above or below to check location]
This rest stop is cut into the side of a hill as the highway passes below it and as you look out the big glass windows that look to the West you can see a large pond over in the Valley with the surrounding hills towering over it. If you want to make a stop out of this, you go into the building and through the double doors to the other side where you will find picnic tables and charcoal grills.
I made my first stop at George’s Mill’s on October 8th, 2003. This was my first year where I got to explore all on my own. I had gotten up that morning and I just got in my truck with my camera gear and struck out for Vermont. [Not the way I would do it today!]
I wanted to make good time so I drove up Route 93 to Concord where I picked up Route 89 and traveled on it for approximately 38 miles. [At this point I felt the need for a rest stop with all the coffee I was drinking and here was George’s Mills]. 🙂
The rest of that day I tooled around White River Junction and Quechee Gorge and then down to Springfield Vermont… but those are stories for another day.
I stop at this rest stop every year or so on my way to visit family in Vermont but catching it in October is always a treat for the eyes. Somewhere between eight and 20 October is the best time for fall color on the surrounding hills. Below are some images from over the years.
There are a couple other nice rest stops with nice views but to me this is the best one I’ve found. If you have one that you think I should go and check out this autumn leave a comment and give me directions and I’ll go check out your rest area with a view.
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