Over 10 Local Drives to Enjoy the Foliage (and some beyond)

I'm hoping with the crisp air and bit of rain the last few days, the foliage will start to kick in.  Maybe we'll even be lucky and have foliage like last year as shown in the stunning photo of Mt. Ascutney in Cornish taken by David Nelson.  You can see more of his amazing images here on his Facebook.  Sharon Stacy took a beautiful photo on Route 4 in Canaan and Derek Richardson reminded us at just how amazing Eastman is with this photo. The feature photo I took on Route 44 from Ascutney to Brownsville a number of years ago.

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Before you go make sure to check out the live foliage report here.  Already in the last few days it's gone from turning to moderate in the White Mountains. 

Locals weighed in on drives to bask in the foliage (they're not in any order).  If you have any of your own, add them in the comments below.  I hope you find a drive to take in the next few weekends that makes you smile.

Local Drives

1. Mt. Ascutney auto road.

2. Poverty Lane in Lebanon

3. Dingleton Hill in Cornish

4. Chellis Road in Meriden

5. The back roads of Hartland, Thetford, Lyme

6. Route 4A from Enfield to Andover. 

7. East Corinth

8. Joe Ranger Road in Quechee

9. Enjoy the covered bridges in Quechee, Taftsville and Woodstock, Vermont

10. Lower Sheddsville/Cemetery Rd. in Brownsville, Vermont.

11. Recreation trail in Claremont

12. Drive around Lake Sunapee (I like driving around the harbor personally).

13.  118 from Canaan to Rumney

14. Hike Giles Mountain in Norwich and go up the tower: "the top was absolutely spectacular."

Beyond the Upper Valley

1. Groton Forest, Ricker Pond State Park.  You can enjoy a loop around lakes and ponds.  This person said the views were 'stunning.'  

2. Kettle Pond from the Owl's Head ridge. "A 5 minute gentle climb to a beautiful view."

3. Route 100. "You won't be disappointed."

4. Washington NH. I love this quiet town with lovely back roads.  Very scenic.  

For specific route recommendations check out my other post on my blog.

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