Since moving to New England in 2009, I've thoroughly enjoyed doing a fall foliage road trip almost every year, and this site has been a huge help!
This year, 2 friends will be joining me, and it'll be their first time witnessing the beauty.
Can anyone please help suggest a hiking spot along our path, or propose a better itinerary (e.g, maybe it's best to hike Saturday instead of Sunday, due to needing to be back in Dover by 2pm)?
Our tentative itinerary:
Friday: depart Providence, stay at friend's place in Dover, NH
- depart from Dover, NH
- up to Kancamagus -- optionally stopping at Sabbaday Falls (I sadly witnessed someone die there a few years ago while leaf-peeping) and/or Rocky Gorge
- westward to Ricker Pond / Seyon Pond Road
- Danville to Marshfield
- IF TIME: Moss Glen Falls (Stowe)
- sleep in Warren
- awake very early for a mini-hike somewhere near Warren... Snake Mountain?
- by 10am, depart and drive back to Dover, NH
Btw, I'm a photographer as a side-job, too, and it's my biggest passion. So I'm always looking for photo-ops.
I know From the NEK hikes so hopefully he come in here and post. Also, bm has great hikes as well. This weekend is going to be pristine. Good luck! CT
Sunset Rock - Elevation: 2424 Feet
One hour roundtrip, elevation gain 500', distance 1.5 miles. A favorite easy hike to a dramatic spot. Great views to the west towards Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Off Rt 100 in Warren trail head is on Lincoln Gap Rd, Park at the top of Lincoln Gap and follow the Long Trail south. Trail climbs steeply at first then gently up and down before opening abruptly onto Sunset Ledge.
You're the best!
So much to do, so little time!
Fri afternoon: friend and I drove up to Dover, NH and stayed at another friend's house.
Sat 8am - 7:30pm: drove from Dover, NH to Kancamagus, up to Noyes / Seyton Pond (the road there was the nicest we saw on the entire trip), then up to Moss Glen Falls in Stowe, then down to Warren and stayed at a cabin.
Sun 8:30am - 6pm: drove down 100 to Ludlow and eventually to Deer Valley Road and East Hill Road (per your recommendations in another thread). This wasn't too good, just because leaves were blown off. 1 tree in someone's yard was amazing though -- firery orange and there was a water pump under the tree. Oh, before then, though, somewhere off 100 had a very nice field and a pond. I wish I dropped a marker on what it was. Heading home, we drove through northern MA, and in between Northfield and Erving had the nicest foliage we saw -- just the road was a regular big road, and we didn't have time to take small dirt roads to explore (my friend had to reach Providence with me, then catch a 4 hr bus back to NYC).
Anyway, fun trip. This is was my 5th year out of 8 years living in New England, and my 6th trip overall. I'd say it was an average year. 2014 and 2009 were the best for me.
How do you think this year compared??
I'll be done editing my photos in a few weeks and will post a link on here.
Besides 2012, this has been my best foliage year yet and I spent the entire first week tooling around the NEK area. The weekend prior and after were mainly for activities I wanted to do and the color was not quite peak then, that's ok! I had a ball anyways!
Yes, Noyes Pond in Seyon is one of my favorite areas ever! Next year, I may stay at the Seyon Lodge for 3 days with bm!
I'm sorry those two roads were past peak for you but we had a bit of wind Saturday night and Sunday and must have blown the leaves around, when I was there Saturday morning we were driving around the area with full canopies.
I really am looking forward to your photos and glad your adventures with your friends worked out! CT
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