5 Best Places to Leaf Peep in New England

5 Best Places to Leaf Peep in New England

5 places to leaf peep!

5. Smugglers Notch, Vermont

A historical passthrough between Canada and Vermont, Smuggler's Notch was once used to smuggle goods in the early 1900's and then alcohol during prohibition. Now the Notch is one of the most scenic and infamous drives in Vermont. With plenty of lookout points, it is important to remember to drive slowly, mind the twists and turns, and save photo opts for the lookout points!

**Check to see if the road is open to cars due to weather conditions deciding the closing and reopening of the road during the colder months.

 Smuggler's Notch, NH

Photo by Brian Drourr

4. Evans Notch, New Hampshire

One of the roads less travelled (Route 113), making this foliage drive quiet and peaceful, Evans Notch will take you through Maine along the New Hampshire border. The lower summits on this drive mean lower valleys, leading to spectacular views.

There are plenty of hiking opportunities, fit for all ages, kids and dogs, so bring the family and take in the colors of fall!

 Evans Notch, NH

Photo by Jim Salge

3. Acadia Loop, Maine

The 47,000-acre Acadia National Park is a true foliage destination. The 27 mile Park Loop Road is full of spots to enjoy & photograph the leaves. Most of the road is one-way, but there is a two-way section. Other activities in the area include Whale watching cruises, National Park tours, and plenty of walking and hiking trails!

The National Park does require a small fee, which may be purchased at the Entrance Station north of Sand beach, or an entrance pass can be purchased at multiple other locations. 

 Acadia National Park, ME

2. The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

Tucked in between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys, this 63-mile long trail follows a historical Native American trade route through Massachusetts to the New York border.

With views of the Berkshire Mountains and the rivers, there are plenty of scenic spots along the way, including Rocky Mountain Park for hiking and biking, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls (open April through October), and the Mohawk State Forest for scenic views.

Mohawk Trail, MA

Photo by Ernst Krenger

1. Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

This scenic drive takes you from Lincoln to Conway through the White Mountain National Forest. The "Kanc" features multiple stunning scenic overlooks, pack a picnic and be prepared to stop to take in the foliage on this 34.5 mile drive. 

Highlights to checkout include multiple walking bridges at Loon Mountain, Lincoln Woods trail, and Rocky Gorge Scenic area, and scenic photo opportunities at Russel-Colbath historic site, Sabbaday Falls, and Hancock Overlook and Pavilion.

Kancamagus Highway

Photo by Prasanth Nandyala

For information on the best time to go leaf peeping, checkout the New England Peak Foliage Tracker ! This map shows what areas have peak foliage, with a calendar to track the progress. Make sure to check local weather and always #stayprepared with layers, proper gear, and Merino Wool Base Layers

Read more about the Power of Merino Wool and Hike Safe practices on our blog!