Peep these leaves

  • Garwin Falls in Wilton is decked out in fall foliage. Below right: The Gridley River winds through Sharon. Below left: A view of Mount Monadnock from the Dublin/Marlborough town line. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Garwin Falls in Wilton Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Garwin Falls in Wilton Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Foliage around the Monadnock region Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wales Preserve in Sharon. Staff photo by Ben ConanT

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/15/2018 4:39:11 PM

The weekend’s storms may have knocked down a few leaves, but there is still plenty of bright foliage to view over the next couple weeks of fall. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places in each of the 16 towns in the Ledger-Transcript’s coverage area to help you make the most of it while it lasts.


Mount Monadnock’s peak

The peak of Mount Monadnock will give you a wonderful 360-degree view of the foliage around the Monadnock region. With over seventeen trailheads ranged from mild to moderate difficulties, the mountain is an enjoyable hike for beginners and experts alike.


Dublin Lake

Although most of the views off of Route 101 through Dublin are a beautiful sight, you won’t be disappointed with a stop at Dublin Lake. Bring lunch and enjoy the lapping waves and colorful reflection off the water.


The Depot Trails

Hidden in the quaint town of Hancock, the Depot Trails are a trip down Memory Lane, as you walk where the railroad tracks used to run. Take an afternoon stroll and enjoy the shaded, leafy path that runs along Norway Pond.


Pack Monadnock’s Peak

Drive or hike up Pack Monadnock, conveniently located just off of 101 in Peterborough, for a memorable day with the family.

For those with dogs, head over on Oct. 28, and enjoy the “K9 Summit Photo Event” — an opportunity to get high-quality photos taken of you and your furry friend against a beautiful view!


Garwin Falls

Encased by a vivid forest, the falls are well known by locals for their great photography potential. Enjoy a small adventure with the family or friends on a warm fall day.


Ben’s Sugar Shack

Enjoy the scenic ride down Route 101 and then hit Webster Highway toward Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple. At Ben’s there is a wide variety of seasonal goods like maple syrup and candy, honeycomb, pancakes, and much more!

New Ipswich

Binney Hill Road

Take in the view of Smithville Reservoir and Cemetery in New Ipswich, just off Binney Hill Road. The foliage is in high supply and provides a pleasant visual as it dances on the water.


Pleasant Pond

Located just outside downtown Francestown, Pleasant Pond offers a quiet place to take a nice kayak ride with the family. Trees line the shoreline and rolling hills offer immaculate views of the forests.


Cathedral of the Pines

Positioned on a hill, the cathedral offers panoramic views of Mount Monadnock and the surrounding woods. The cathedral welcomes people from any origin to come participate in their many events, meditate with the view, and learn about the cathedrals history.


Wales Preserve

Fairly under the radar, the Wales Preserve will provide you with a small walking trail in Sharon along the Gridley River. While walking you will get wonderful sights of small, bubbling cascades surrounded by falling leaves.


Gregg Lake

Gregg Lake can be busy in the summer, but calms down in time for autumn and fall. Bring the kids to have fun on the playground while enjoying a nice book on the sandy beach. The view from across the water won’t disappoint!


Winn Mountain

Winn Mountain in Lyndeborough provides lovely views of Pack Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock, and miles of other tree-covered peaks. Enjoy the short, easy hike with friends and family and picnic at the top!


Windy Hill Orchard

Enjoy a hayride through the apple orchard, a bright pumpkin field, and challenge yourself with a corn maze at Washburn’s Windy Hill Orchard in Mason. A perfect time to spend with the family, and the ideal autumn photo op.


Greenville Reservoir

The Souhegan River cuts through downtown Greenville which is dotted by beautiful brick mill buildings against a woodsy background. This picture truly encompasses a New Hampshire scene as the foliage is mirrored in the glassy water on a calm day.


Accessible hiking trails

Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield opened gorgeous all-accessible trails in 2011 that are currently open to the public. The trails give way to uninterrupted views of Crotched Mountain and the Contoocook Valley.


Powder Mill Pond

Just off the side of 202 lies Powdermill Pond, the perfect place for a canoe or kayak ride on a sunny autumn day. Take the river west towards Hancock and enjoy the sight of the wooden covered bridge, a popular spot for pictures.


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