A fall leaf-peeping road trip in New Hampshire’s White Mountains features picture-perfect landscapes at every turn, and our cameras got a work out! Here are some of our favorite places and pictures. Let us know which ones are your favorites with a comment! Enjoy the fall foliage, and thank you for visiting TravelLatte! (Click on any photo to enlarge or to add it to your Pinterest board.)
Built in 1832, the Bath Covered Bridge next to the Brick Store is one of our favorites. Note the special speed limit!
The Bath Covered Bridge over the Ammonoosuc River.
The Bath-Swiftwater Covered Bridge is one of three iconic bridges around the small town.
One of the most photographed in New England, the Albany Covered Bridge leads to the aptly named Covered Bridge Campground.
The Albany Covered Bridge has US Forest Service facilities, picnic tables, and park benches with great views!
Nothing says New England more than a covered bridge, and Jackson has one of the best kept in the White Mountains.
They’re so iconic that even the Wentworth Golf Club has its own covered bridge!
Navigaton apps are great, but they don’t always lead you to views like this. Well worth “re-routing”!
Lower Falls Scenic Area
The Lower Falls Scenic Area has parking and restrooms, picnic areas, and amazing mountain and river views.
The Swift River spills over a stretch of boulders forming the Lower Falls. The boulders are sometimes taller than the many people posing for pictures!
A boardwalk and viewing platform keep leaf-peepers high and dry, and give you a great look at the falls without climbing over the boulders.
At the bottom of the falls are pools and sandy “beaches,” but with a backdrop of fall foliage, they draw more lookers than swimmers.
The beautiiful Lower Falls on the Swift River attracts picnickers, photographers, leaf-peepers and others.
Gorham, Jackson, North Conway and assorted buildings we loved!
Gorham Common faces Town Hall and features a Veterans Garden and memorial, along with a park and playground.
The historic Grand Trunk Railway Station in Gorham, NH, is also home to the Historical Society.
Moose Crossing signs are everywhere in the White Mountains, but this friendly guy in Gorham Commons was the only one we saw. (Somewhere, moose are laughing.)
Next to the Jackson Honeymoon Covered Bridge is Flossie’s Country Store, with lots of fun knickknacks and souvenirs.
America’s Oldest General Store, dating as far back as 1790! Inside today are many souvenirs, local snacks (we had fresh hot cider) and delicious homemade fudge.
Two of our favorite spots in one stop: The Stairway Cafe and downtown North Conway along the White Mountains Highway.
North Conway’s historic train depot at Schouler Park is home to the Conway Scenic Railroad.
Seemingly out of nowhere, we came upon the Carroll Memorial Bandstand, the perfect place for a few snapshots or selfies.
The Bath Covered Bridge is built over a spillway on the Ammonoosuc River, which creates this lovely pond.
We love this little home by the tracks near Fabyans Station along the Conway Scenic Railroad in Bretton Woods, NH.
Leaf-Peeping and Scenery
Many travelers visit the White Mountains throughout the year, making this shrine dedicated “To the Traveler Along This Way” special, and appreciated.
The striking trunks of White Birch – New Hampshire’s State Tree – topped with fiery fall color make a beautiful roadside display.
One of our road trip days was rainy and overcast, which gave the mountains a different beauty.
The Dolly Copp Picnic Grounds was one of our favorite spots, nestled against the Peabody River.
There are many easy trails throughout the White Mountains (and many challenging trails also). We loved finding paths disappearing into the woods.
Many of the Forest Service use areas have restrooms. Unfortunately, most of the tourist buses don’t, so you may find yourself in line.
We arrived along with a fall storm, which left the season’s first dusting of snow on the higher mountain peaks.
We managed to find some fall apples at the Russell Colbath Historic Site for an extra taste of fall.
Entering the White Mountains National Forest on the Kancamagus Highway.
The Swift River flows downstream towards Conway alongside the Kancamagus Highway, offering tons of beautiful photo ops.
A riot of color just off the main road in North Conway proves you don’t have to look far for fall leaf-peeping!
A Leaf-Peeper’s paradise: Fall foliage on Sugar Hill.
Small and Stunning – fall colors surround Beaver Pond on the western end of the Kanc.
The name Kancamagus may seem unfamiliar at first, and you may wonder where the name came from. And here’s your answer!
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