Our Favorite New Hampshire Fall Hikes to See Fall Foliage

 We like a nice walk in the woods, especially in the autumn. Here's our answer to the question, Where to hike in New Hampshire in the Fall, light to moderate exertion.

Seacoast Region: Odiorne State Park

Seashore Odiorne State Park
Photo by Will Timpson

Odiorne State Park’s unique 135 acres offer up something for everyone—from light hiking and picturesque picnic spots to rich autumn hues, fresh salty air, and sweeping ocean views. You can hunt for sea glass on sandy beaches and pretty pebbles along the rocky shoreline, where Pennacook and Abenaki tribes spent summers centuries ago.

A network of trails lets you explore forested trails, ponds, salt marshes, and even the bunker remnants of old Fort Dearborn. When you’ve had your fill of history, you can stop by the Seacoast Science Center to enjoy educational exhibits and programming, too.

Merrimack Valley: South Pawtuckaway Mountain 

Fall foliage Merrimack Valley


This short-loop hike in Pawtuckaway State Park serves up a gradual 450-foot elevation gain over 2.3 miles and runs from Tower Road, via the Tower Trail Connector, Mountain Trail, South Ridge Trail, South Ridge Connector and Tower Road.

During your trek, you’ll encounter picturesque foliage along many ledges, rock formations and boulders, so be sure to take along your camera/phone and snap some pics!




White Mountains: Arethusa Falls



 Arethusa Falls
Photo by Scott Finley

You really can’t go wrong with this moderate 2.6-mile round trip hike along The Bemis Brook Trail to the majestic 140-foot Arethusa Falls strewn with fall colors in Crawford Notch State Park.
And just a half-hour away, Franconia Notch State Park also offers a beautiful and easy fall hike, like the Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff loop.

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