New England fall foliage: Some of the best leaf-peeping road trips

Fall holds a special place in the hearts of many New Englanders. It is the time of apple picking and cider drinking; a great time for families to gather pumpkins for delicious seasonal pastries or carve for Halloween celebrations; and perhaps most popular are the amazing fall foliage tours people can take around New England.

Fall foliage is expected to reach the northern New England region of Maine and upper parts of New Hampshire and Vermont in late September and last through late October. Due to severe drought conditions, progression will continue to slow and stall the further south you go in New England, where the drought has had the greatest impact, according to Yankee Magazine forecasters.

Southern New England, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, will most likely not see top foliage until mid to late October.

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But for those ready to take a road trip, here are some of the best fall foliage attractions in New England.

Fall on the Mohawk Trail

Fall colors begin to peak along the Deerfield River in Charlemont along Route 2. (Don Treeger / The Republican) 10/11/2021

Mohawk Trail

Greenfield, Mass.-Williamstown Mass.

The 60-mile Mohawk Trail, or Route 2, begins in Greenfield and ends at the New York border. According to Yankee Magazine, Native Americans originally used it as a way to travel between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys. In modern times, the Mohawk Trails have become a popular spot for fall foliage viewers. Visitors meandering through the western Massachusetts countryside can lose themselves in the pastel reds and oranges of fall.

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Sheepscot route

Routes along the Sheepscot River in Whitefield, Maine.

Sheepscot River routes

Whitefield, Maine – Cooper Mills, Maine

Driving and walking routes along the 66-mile Sheepscot River make for a stunning fall getaway for friends and family. According to Maine Rivers, people can drive through the rural rock and gravel area in Whitefield to the historic village of Coopers Mills, where spars were cut for the USS Constitution.

Kancamagus Highway

Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire.

Kancamagus Highway

Conway, NH – Lincoln, NH

Drive the freeway and be sure to bring a friend with a camera as you descend this 30-mile route through the White Mountains.

Travelers can start at the Saco Ranger Station and purchase a parking pass that allows people to stop at Forest Service parking lots to snap photos of fall foliage, rivers, pond trails, and other gifts Mother Nature has sent to tourists.

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock fall foliage

Mount Greylock

Lanesborough, Mass.

Mount Greylock State Reservation is not only one of Massachusetts’ best campgrounds for hikers, it’s also one of the best places to view fall foliage in New England.

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People can climb to the top of the mountain and reach the highest peak in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet, simply a cheat code for people who want to maximize their leaf-peeping experience.

Roseland Park is part of Last Green Valley

Roseland Park is part of Connecticut’s Last Green Valley.

Last Green Valley

Norwich, Conn. – Woodstock, Conn.

The federal government has designated and preserved this 35-mile valley as a National Heritage Corridor. Forest and farmland make up 77% of this 695,000-acre area, which is filled with farmers’ markets, nature centers, vineyards, campgrounds, and museums. According to CTVisit, October is the perfect time to visit the area and see the “intoxicating” colors of the fall foliage.

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Smuggler Notch

Smuggler’s Notch Fall Leaf Drive in Vermont.

Smuggler Notch

Stowe, Vermont – Jeffersonville, Vermont

Nestled between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak is one of the best places to see fall foliage in New England. The 18-mile route from Smuggler’s Notch captures travelers in October in a sea of ​​stunning fall colors.

Mount Monadnock

Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire

Mount Monadnock

Peterborough-Dublin, New Hampshire

The 3,165 foot summit of Mount Monadnock or Grand Monadnock offers several great vantage points for viewing the fall foliage. Visitors can see ground level fall foliage on one of the many hiking trails at the base of the mountain in Monadnock State Park.

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Recreation and Environment Center in the mountains of Northfield

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

Northfield, Mass.

The Northfield Mountain area offers a 7-mile route along the Connecticut River that allows travelers to enjoy views of the town’s many hiking trails. AAA said people visiting Northfield Mountain Center should take a canoe or kayak at Barton Cove or take a guided riverboat ride. The climbing area at Rose Ledge is also home to some of the best fall foliage viewing spots.

Rhod Island Fall Foliage

Fall foliage in Richmond, Rhode Island

South County Region Drive

Hopkinton, Rhode Island – West Greenwich, Rhode Island

The route is meant to be a smooth and tranquil ride through some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful fall foliage. Driving through Rhode Island’s South County region takes leaf watchers through numerous large farm fields, valleys and graveyards for those who prefer a spooky fall.

Acadia National Park

Jordan Autumn Twilight Pond in Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park


Acadia National Park is home to some of the most stunning fall foliage colors New England has to offer. This 47,000-acre national park is filled with mountains, rocky beaches, and trails for people to explore in the fall. The summit of Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the East Coast of the United States and offers breathtaking views of the fall foliage for the most adventurous leaf scout.

Housatonic River

Ride through fall foliage along the Housatonic River to Mount Tom State Park

Houstonic River Drive

New Milford, Conn. – Mount Tom State Park

The 149-mile Housatonic River Path connects the western regions of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The bright red and orange foliage of New England is complemented by the 27 species that inhabit this route.

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