Boston has its own great foliage, but for those auto enthusiasts seeking a great destination road trip with fantastic views this fall, the road north beckons. We offer two mountains in New Hampshire that have much to offer as well as a secret spot you can’t tell anyone about. Click “View Photos” to get started.
Mount Kearsarge is unique in that it offers two ways to see fall foliage. First, one can drive most of the way up, park, and then enjoy the views. Or, one can then hike up to the summit from the parking lot. For those with bad knees, ankles, or hips the former may be better, but this author has seen a lot of older hikers and children at the summit, so don’t be scared to try. At the top you can see Canada and Russia (kidding). The road up is fantastic and the views are hard to match at this distance from Boston (only 90 minutes).
Mount Kearsarge is in Rollins State Park. We suggest you access it off routes 89 and then 103. On route 103 the Foothills of Warner Restaurant is a must. Even if only for coffee. We won’t spoil it, but the place has more New England charm that just about any place you will ever visit.
Mount Sunapee New Hampshire
Mount Sunapee New Hampshire is a great family fall getaway. The mountain offers chair lift rides to the top of the mountain from which one can hike for minutes or hours and take in some amazing views. The mountain offers food at the top (usually) and there are a lot of activities one can partake in. Plan ahead for this trip. Check out the website and reserve your spot or you might miss out on some of the things offered. Everything from Segway tours to aerial adventures for those with no fear of heights are available. Chair lift reservations are not required. Columbus day weekend offers a pig roast and you can enjoy a beer on the lodge patio.
The mountain is located in southern-central New Hampshire. If you are already in Boston take 93 north to Rt. 89 North. However, if you are already west of Boston, why not plot your own course directly north? If you do take 89 to get there, check out our second destination. You could do both if you try.
Farrar Marsh, Beard Brook, Kimble Hill
OK, here is the deal; This is just between us, right? One of the prettiest places in the fall is Hillsboro New Hampshire. You need to get off route 202 and route 9 to see it though. Here are your three challenges. First Farrar Marsh. You will not believe the beauty. Next, set your GPS for Beard Road. Access it from Rt 9, or if you are brave via your own route. Look for the stone arch bridges and you will see what we are talking about.
The final destination is Kimble Hill Road. This is not a tourist destination, so please be extra respectful. Using your GPS carefully (you are going to be on some dirt roads) drive to the top, and then the end of Kimble Hill Road. At the end of the road park and take the very short path there. You will see the spot. At the end of your hike you will find a pretty amazing view. Enjoy.