6 Weekend Foliage Hikes
September 25, 2014

Crisp autumn air, foliage bursting with color as far as the eye can see. Fall is here and it’s time to get outside with your family. 

Ethan Hipple and Yemaya St.Clair, co-authors of AMC’s new book Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, share their six favorite spots to catch some of the best fall colors this weekend.
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park: Located a mere 25 miles from Portland, Bradbury Mountain offers an exceptional fall hike to a mountaintop that even the smallest adventurers can climb. Fall foliage is on display from the peak, where you can also catch a glimpse of migrating eagles as they ride the thermals.
  • Table Rock, Grafton Notch State Park: A hike up to Table Rock rewards leaf peepers with a taste of rugged backcountry adventure and spectacular views of the Mahoosuc Range mountain peaks. With plenty of less strenuous options nearby, including the popular Screw Auger Falls, there is something for everyone within the park.
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  • Franconia Notch Recreation Path: Bike ride through fall colors along this 18-mile path in Franconia Notch, NH. Start at The Flume and do the whole length, or bite off a smaller chunk by starting at one of the access points mid-way along the path for a more relaxing day with smaller kids. 
  • Magalloway Mountain: This 1-mile hike to a fire lookout tower will reward your family with panoramic views of the Great North Woods in all of its fall splendor. 
  • Elmore Mountain: Camp at the base of the mountain along the shores of Lake Elmore, then hike up to the peak and the fire lookout tower, which offers sweeping views of the Worcester Mountains and Mt. Mansfield. 
  • Wheeler Mountain: There is no better time to visit this hidden gem near Lake Willoughby than during foliage season. Highlights include open granite slabs and big sky views, fall colors, and even an abandoned maple sugaring operation to hike through!
What are your favorite places to visit in the fall? Let us know in the comments!

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