gal’s guide: leaf peeping on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire

Besides apple picking, eating my weight in cider donuts and decorating for fall, one of my favorite activities to do each autumn is a leaf peeping road trip somewhere in New England. This year, we decided to head up north to New Hampshire to check out to do some leaf peeping on the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. (Last year’s adventure was to the Mohawk Trail) And let me just say it did not disappoint, these photos do not do the colors justice!

The leaf peeping “trail” or highway starts in Lincoln and goes to Conway. Unlike the Mohawk Trail which is scattered with small, quaint towns, the Kancamagus Highway is nestled among the White Mountains so you’re pretty much surrounded by undisturbed nature the whole way (all 34 miles of it). However, Lincoln and Conway are home to ski resorts so there are plenty of places to eat and things to do, if you’re looking for that too!

We started the day by checking out the Flume Gorge in Lincoln. You’re basically climbing alongside waterfalls and walls of granite. So beautiful!

Then, we started out on the rest of the trail and stopped along the way to take in all of the breathtaking scenery (but really). Along the way we noticed so many hiking/trail entrances but weren’t really dressed for the task. We ended the day in North Conway with some outlet shopping. Surprise, surprise!

If you’re looking for a small-town, New England fall feel, I highly recommend the Mohawk Trail on MA! If you’re more of a nature lover and really want to see nothing but foliage, I highly recommend the Kancamagus Highway! Both equally as beautiful but something different depending on what you’re looking for.

Did you get a chance to leaf peep this fall? If so, where?!