See the Best of Fall at Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire

Hike around Franconia Notch State Park and enjoy some of the best New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Franconia Notch State Park is one of the most popular destinations in the White Mountains, and it’s easy to see why. There’s so much to do at Franconia Notch State Park, including hiking and biking in the summer and fall and skiing and cross country skiing in the winter. In the fall, Franconia Notch State Park is also one of the best places to see New Hampshire Fall Foliage!

Franconia Notch State Park is found in the magnificent White Mountains of New Hampshire. You’ll find easy access to some of the best New Hampshire fall foliage here. This includes rides to the summit of Mount Washington on either the Mount Washington Cog Railway or the Mount Washington Auto Road, trips up the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, scenic drives on the storied Kancamangus Highway, and stunning hikes through the magnificent fall foliage.

There’s plenty to love about fall in the White Mountains, and it starts with a trip to our White Mountains Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire. We’re just minutes from Franconia Notch State Park, where you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular New Hampshire fall foliage. Book your room at our #1-rated New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast in the White Mountains today!

Hike the Artists Bluff Trail at Franconia Notch State Park to see some of the best New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Enjoy a Breathtaking Fall at Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is a popular 3-season destination in the White Mountains, offering various recreational opportunities and plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy. The most popular attraction in Franconia Notch State Park is the Flume Gorge.

The Flume Gorge is open from May – November and features soaring granite rise from between 70-90 feet tall and sometimes as narrow as 12 – 20 feet in width. The walk through the gorge is sure to be a highlight of your trip, and it’s all the more magical when lit up in the fiery hues of fall. At the top of the gorge is Avalanche Falls, a 45-foot waterfall.

Another top-rated attraction in Franconia Notch State Park, especially for those wanting to see New Hampshire fall foliage, is the Artists Bluff Trail. It’s by far the most popular hike in the park – and one look at the view, and you’ll see why. Artists Bluff Trail is relatively short, at just 1.5 miles, but it leads the way to an absolutely breathtaking view over Echo Lake.

Once at the top of the Artists Bluff Trail in Franconia Notch State Park, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch, which, at this time of year, are simply alight with color. This view is even more impressive at sunset – and given that it’s such a short hike, it’s an easy one to do in the twilight hours of the day.

We also recommend you head up to the summit of Cannon Mountain aboard the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. This tramway has the distinction of being the first passenger aerial tramway in North America. From the top, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. 

For even more adventure, head to The Basin, a large pothole in the Pemigewasset River that was formed around 25,000 years ago by a glacier. Finally, don’t miss your chance to view the Sentinel Pine Bridge in Franconia Notch State Park –  a beautiful example of the famed New Hampshire covered bridges. It’s positively gorgeous, surrounded by New Hampshire fall foliage.

Franconia Notch State Park, covered bridges, and more great ways to see New Hampshire Fall Foliage

More Ways to Enjoy New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Franconia Notch State Park isn’t the only fantastic place to witness the beauty of New Hampshire fall foliage. New Hampshire’s White Mountains are known for their soaring beauty and have a stellar reputation for fall foliage. Fall colors will reach their peaks sometime in late September through mid-October, depending on the conditions this year.

While you’re spending a relaxing getaway at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast, take the time to get out and explore. Below, we’ve listed a few more of our favorite ways to see New Hampshire fall foliage.

  1. The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway in Franconia Notch State Park isn’t the only way to get a bird’s eye view of New Hampshire fall foliage. You can also take scenic gondola rides at Loon Mountain.
  2. Looking for a bit of adventure to add to your trip? Consider Ziplining with Alpine Adventures.
  3. Head out for a drive! The Mt. Washington Auto Road, where you’ll enjoy spectacular fall views from the top of Mount Washington, is a great choice. Another popular drive is the Kancamangus Highway.
  4. If you don’t feel like driving on steep mountain roads, get to the top of Mount Washington on the Cog Railway.
  5. New Hampshire fall foliage is just one piece of a great getaway. When you want a break from the beautiful scenery, how about some wine tasting at Seven Birches Winery at Loon Mountain?
  6. While doing that, consider stopping in for a taste of the White Mountains at Harman’s Cheese and Country Store.
  7. There are plenty of great fall hikes in the White Mountains – but how about hikes that include waterfalls? Talk about a great way to see some gorgeous New Hampshire fall foliage!
  8. Visit the many delightful covered bridges in the White Mountains, many of which are framed by some of the best New Hampshire fall foliage around.

Of course, you can enjoy plenty of beautiful New Hampshire fall foliage right here at our Bed and Breakfast, located just minutes away from Franconia Notch State Park. Between our comfortable accommodations, exceptional service, and award-winning restaurant, you’ll want for nothing during your time at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast. Book your room with us today!