Some Special Ways to ‘Leaf Peep’ in New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, especially in the northern regions, and there are some great ways to track how the colors are progressing and enjoy your autumn getaway to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak!

NH Foliage TrackerNew Hampshire Foliage Tracker – The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development’s website, Visit NH, has a foliage tracker that maps out the colors as they change day-by-day and region-by-region in the state. To find out where in New Hampshire the leaves are at their peak, visitors to the foliage tracker page just need to hover the cursor over a date on the calendar for a quick map view of the predicted color range, from green to peak to past peak, or click on an individual region for a detailed foliage report. For tracking the Granite State’s foliage on the go, New Hampshire’s tourism office has also developed a mobile application for phones and other devices. The app includes foliage reports, an interactive map, and photos. Visitors can also search lodging, dining, and attractions within the app. For more information or to get the app, please check out the Visit NH foliage tracker at

Fall Foliage Special Train, Meredith to Plymouth, Aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad – Beginning September 27th this year, the Fall Foliage Special Train departs from Meredith at 11:00 am and heads north towards the White Mountains for an approximately four-hour round trip. This route is only traveled during fall foliage season on selected weekends in September and October, passing Lake Waukewan and Lake Winona, and following along and over the Pemigewasset River from Ashland to Plymouth, NH. The train stops at stations along the way, and at the Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Plymouth for a hot buffet luncheon. On the return trip, passengers can disembark for a tour of the historic Ashland Railroad Station. These trains sell out quickly and are by reservation only, so be sure to reserve your tickets early. Tickets are available at 603-745-2135 or online at

Fall Foliage Trains Aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad – This 2-hour train excursion along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee is an easy way to relax and enjoy the breathtaking view as it rolls gently by. The ride goes along Meredith Bay, through Weirs Beach, to Lakeport, and then reverses back to Meredith again. Food service is available onboard, and includes the famous Hobo Picnic Lunch, ice cream, snacks, and beverages. The train runs on weekends and holidays, and departs from Meredith at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30, and from Weirs Beach hourly from 11:00 – 3:00. Additional trains may be available mid week. For availability, departure times, and tickets, please call 603-745-2135. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Fall Foliage Cruises Aboard the M/S Mount Washington – Cruising Lake Winnipesaukee offers the opportunity to enjoy some of New England’s best leaf peeping from the comfort of the famous and historic M/S Mount Washington. This 230-foot ship has several cruises to choose from, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Saturday Night, the Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise, and the Fall Foliage Dinner Dance Cruise, where passengers can watch the sun set on New Hampshire’s largest lake at its most spectacular time of year! For information and tickets, call 603-366-5531 or visit the website at

Enjoy the view, and don’t forget your camera!

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit and And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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