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The Best Places for Leaf Peeping Around New England

Saturday, September 29, 2018


There are great places all across New England for leaf peeping

There is no better way to relax on a weekend afternoon than by traveling along winding roads and seeing the best nature has to offer.

See the Best Places for Leaf Peeping in the Slideshow Below. 

As we enter prime leaf peeping season, the landscapes of New England are painted in various shades of autumn color. 

Experience the variety of color against the bright blue sky while enjoying the fall air.

During this time of year, New England welcomes many tourists to view the breathtaking fall foliage that the Northeast has to offer. 

On the way home, make a pit stop at your favorite orchard farm for a bag of apples and a fresh glass of apple cider.

See the Slideshow Below for the best places for leaf peeping


Related Slideshow: The Best Places for Leaf Peeping Around New England - 2018

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Lincoln Woods State Park

Lincoln, RI

This 627-acre park just outside of Providence includes all of picturesque Olney Pond and plenty of leaf-covered paths to wander through. 

H.P. Lovecraft cited Lincoln Park as one of his favorite haunts.

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The Berkshires 


If you are a leaf peeper and you have not made it to the Berkshires yet then you are missing out. 

Get over there during the first week in October for some of the best foliage that you will see in the entire season. 

This area is for the most serious of leaf peepers.


PHOTO: Ogden Gigli/Flickr

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Green Mountain National Forest 

Stowe, Vermont

Did you know that Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees in all of New England? 

That fact, among others makes Vermont one of the best places to leaf peep in the region and the Green Mountain National Forest is a great place for Leaf peepers. 


PHOTO: US Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr 

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Route 77 Tiverton/Little Compton

Tiverton/Little Compton RI

The stretch along Sakonnet Peninsula is covered by sugar maples and red maples.

While your making the drive, be sure to check out the pumpkin fields and farms along the way. 

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The Shires of Vermont Byway 

Manchester/Bennington Vermont 

The Shires of Vermont includes the towns of Bennington and Manchester as well as 15 other villages along Route 7A.

In Bennington, take a climb to the top of a 306-foot tall monument that commemorates the Battle of Bennington to see the amazing view of the surrounding foliage.


PHOTO: Manchester, Vermont

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New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Drive its 35 miles through the White Mountain National Forest to Mount Washington for amazing foliage views.

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast.

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Conanicut Island

Jamestown, RI

The terrain of Conanicut Island in Jamestown includes farmland, marshes, and wildlife preserves and great leaf peeping sites.

But for the best leaf peeping sights, head down North Road and around East Main Road for views of Potter Cove.

Take in the small-town feel of Narragansett Avenue and journey out to Mackerel Cove, Fort Getty and the southernmost tip of the island--Beavertail State Park and the lighthouse.

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Moore State Park 

Paxton, MA

The 730-acre park has been the site of gristmills and sawmills and many other things since 1747.

Explore the trails in the central section of the park to witness the beautiful colors.

Then find a nice spot to settle down, have a picnic and enjoy the day and the leaves. 

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Waters Farm 

Sutton, MA

Built in 1757, Waters Farm is 127 acres of fall fun.

The 39th annual Waters Farm Fall Festival is set to take place from October 13 to October 14. 

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


PHOTO: Neiljs/Flickr

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Scituate Reservoir

Scituate, RI

Stop by the Scituate Reservoir and see the shoreline lined with trees with leaves of all colors.

The leaves reflecting on the water are a cool thing to see and makes for a great leaf-peeping experience. 


PHOTO: Rafael Medina/Flickr

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Arcadia Management Area

Exeter, MA

Hikers, walkers, and bikers are invited to visit Arcadia.

Rhode Island’s largest protected area features forest, swamps, shrub wetlands, marshes, and open bodies of water.

A nearly 7-mile trail weaves through some of the most striking ecoology in Southern New England.

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Lake Champlain 

Burlington, Vermont 

Explore the lake and the foliage that surrounds it by foot on the walking tour and then take a bike ride down the 7.5 mile lakeside bike path while viewing the various colors of the leaves. 

It is a bike ride you will not soon forget. 

PHOTO: Denisbin/Flickr

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Connecticut River Valley 


Take a ride on the Essex Steam Train, complete with an authentic steam locomotive, as it takes you past some of the best leaves in the area. 

If the train is not for you, then water it is. Hop on the Riverquest for Connecticut River Expeditions. 


PHOTO: Juliane Schultz/Flickr

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Wilcox Park

Westerly, RI 

Step into the scenic Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island. 

These fifteen acres are dotted by Japanese maples, Red Horsechestnuts, and Witch hazels.

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Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

Princeton, MA

This area encompasses 3,000 acres.

Take a ride up the automobile road, which is open for spring and fall, that ascends the 2,006 foot summit.

Below the summit is an old growth forest with trees of 50 to 370 years old, all of which provide amazing foliage.

Once you are at the top of the mountain,  you can see Mount Monadnock to the north, Mount Greylock to the west, southern Vermont to the northwest and Boston to the east.


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