Located in central New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee is part of the beautiful Lakes Region of the state. It is the largest of the five lakes that comprise the region, and has long been considered a lovely place to visit. While summer brings plenty of opportunities to hike, boat or enjoy theater, Autumn is an equally wonderful time to visit the Lakes Region, especially when you can enjoy the Lake Winnipesaukee foliage either on your own or on a guided Fall Foliage tour.
The deciduous trees of New Hampshire, including maples, birches and oaks, provide a stunning annual display of color. People from all over the U.S. head to New England to enjoy the fall foliage, and they are rarely disappointed. Whether you choose to hike or bike colorful trails, view the trees from the water, enjoy a drive along a scenic highway or take a train ride, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous autumn color for your viewing pleasure.
Encounter some of the golds, reds and oranges of the landscape when you hop aboard the The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad which offers round trip fall foliage excursions along the shores of the lake. These excursions leave regularly from Meredith Station and Weirs Beach on weekends between September 6 and October 26. Leaf peepers get to choose between one and two hour round-trip train rides at Weir, while the Meredith Station trip is regularly two hours long. In addition, trains from the Meredith Station provide Saturday evening dinner train excursions during a few weekends in late September and October. You’ll enjoy a catered turkey dinner while relaxing with a window-side view of the beautiful foliage outside.
If you’d rather view your foliage from your car or motorcycle, there are plenty of opportunities available. According to nhmagazine.com, The New England Riders Association highly recommends the 115 mile loop around the lake. The New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development suggests starting at the town of Alton and heading clockwise around the lake where you’ll ride through many scenic small towns. A number of these towns provide great vistas, tourist sites such as the 16 room mansion called Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, and delicious eateries such as Patrick’s Pub and Eatery in Gilford. Gilford also boasts the Belknap Mountain State Forest.
Online travel guides to the Lake Winnipesaukee region will help you to discover the fall foliage tour that’s right for you.