gal’s guide: easy fall foliage road trip in massachusetts

easy fall foliage drive in massachusetts

Fall in New England is unlike anything else and can easily make you forget about impending winter. One of my favorite things to do is take an easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts. Luckily, the Mohawk Trail isn’t too far away and you can make a whole day of leaf peeping and site seeing on this two hour drive. Part of Route 2 and 2A, the 69 mile trail runs from Athol to Williamstown, the very last town in Massachusetts before New York.  The best way to tackle the trail? Road trip style. Just get in your car and drive along this gorgeous road. You’ll see so many adorable farm stands, lookout areas and picture-perfect spots.

Here’s a list of must-see places along the Mohawk Trail for the ultimate easy fall foliage road trip in Massachusetts:

The Hairpin Turn – We started our road trip at the end of the trail and worked our way backwards, making stops along the way. As you near the end of the trail, you’ll approach the hairpin turn, a 180 degree turn that takes you down towards one of the last towns in Massachusetts, North Adams. From the hairpin turn, there’s a lookout spot to take in the panoramic views. For miles and miles, you can see rolling hills spotted with colorful trees. Take a peek through the lookout lens and see teeny, tiny houses sprawled below.

easy fall foliage drive in massachusetts

Shelburne Falls – Shelburne Falls is one of my favorite stops along the Mohawk Trail. It’s such a charming, sleepy little town. Its downtown is home to cafes with fresh, homemade eats,  antique shops with their vintage goodies spilling out on the sidewalks and galleries and bookshops. It seriously looks (and feels) like something straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. If you’re stopping around lunch or dinner time, be sure to check out the West End Pub. It’s located right on the water and overlooks the colorful and gorgeous Bridge of Flowers. Also, the falafel is delish.

Bridge of Flowers – Flower lovers rejoice.  The Bridge of Flowers is the focal point of downtown Shelburne Falls. The bridge is lined with greenery and florals, overlooking the water.  Dahlia season is in full effect here, try to control yourself from picking these beautiful blooms.

easy fall foliage drive in massachusetts easy fall foliage drive in massachusetts

Mohawk Trail State Forest – As you’re making your way down the Mohawk Trail, your drive will start to climb up. Once you hit Charlemont, the trail will start to wind and turn. The road is lined with autumn-hued trees hanging over the road, creating a beautiful canopy. On one side, you’ll see a river running. If you’re feeling adventurous (or just want to take in the fresh air), stop off to the side and take it all in. The air feels so crisp and the river is calming. If you’re looking to get in touch with your nature side, this part of the trail is it.

easy fall foliage drive in massachusetts

Arthur A. Smith Covered Bridge – This little abandoned bridge is off the beaten path. To me, it seems so quintessentially New England in the fall. It’s the perfect road trip photo op.

The perfect fall road trip uniform? Keep it simple and cozy, since you’ll be in and out of the car exploring all day.  I paired my fave white v-neck tee (less than $10!) with a long, camel cardigan. My cardi is a go-to from last year, I’ve linked a few similar options here, here and here. These Hudson jeans are seriously so soft and feel like leggings, and the high waist gives them a little something special. The right shoes can take you any where and for this trip crisp white Adidas sneakers were a must.

Shop my look:

J.Crew Factory V-neck Tee – $9.50 (from $19.50!)

Long Cardigan (similar, plus comes in a few colors) – $79

Hudson Jeans – $195

Adidas Sneakers – $50 (from $65!)

Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody – $295

Where are your favorite places to view fall foliage? Happy leaf peeping!