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