New Hampshire's fall foliage display is an amazing annual show which attracts people from all over the country. The New England climate combined with the landscape and our wide variety of trees allows for a magnificent color show that varies from year to year, but never disappoints.
Orange sugar maples, deep red swamp maples, vibrant yellow birches and copper leaved oaks all combine to weave a beautiful portrait of color. Pretty much every road in the state qualifies as a scenic drive during this time of year, but the one we are most famous for is the Kancamagus Scenic Byway which snakes through the mountains to nearly 3000 feet in elevation.
Lake Winnipesaukee Area Foliage Update
November 5th, 2016: Even the last holdout patches of color along have dropped and the 2016 foliage season has come to an end. Reports will resume in late September of 2017.
Note: Due to the moderating effects of the lakes still relatively warm water on our climate, and the makeup of the forests, the foliage immediately around the lake tends to turn later than normal for this latitude. You can usually estimate the color change for lakeside areas by looking at the reports for the NH seacoast.
Reports for the Rest of New Hampshire and Nearby
Here are the links to the official NH Tourism Department reports. They also have a fall foliage hotline at 1-800-258-3608 you may call.
- Great North Woods
- White Moutains
- Lakes Region
- Monadnock Region
- Dartmouth and Lake Sunapee Area
- Merrimack Valley
- Foliage reports for the neighboring states of Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.
Map Showing Average Foliage Progression
Interactive map showing normal foliage levels by date.
Fall Foliage Photo Galleries
Browse our comprehensive index of photos.
Drive along these suggested routes to maximize your fall foliage pleasure.
Foliage Viewing Tips
Some tips to help you get the most out of your viewing.
How to Preserve Fall Leaves
Various methods to help you keep the leaves you've collected.