Summer may not last forever, but fun is never out of season at South Peak! Autumn allows residents and guests to experience the natural beauty of the White Mountains in a whole new way. The region is never more beautiful than it is in the fall foliage season when billowing warm hues color the landscape for as far as the eye can see. A late autumn afternoon drive along the Kancamagus Highway is one of the most beautiful sights you can experience in New England.
Situated in the heart of the mountains in scenic Lincoln, NH, South Peak is prime real estate for those looking to take in the sights of the season. Quick and easy access to several mountain peaks and the Kancamagus allows enthusiasts to take in the oceans of bright red, deep orange, and golden yellows that stretch for miles. Foliage begins turning color in late September, with peak color expected in the second and third week of October, though this may change from year to year.
To help plan your trip, the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs launched an interactive Fall Foliage Tracker: Foliage Tracker
If you prefer a more active experience, South Peak and Loon Mountain Resorts have a variety of terrain to mountain bike or hike through the blaze of bright autumn foliage. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite fall trails below. Just be sure you don’t get too distracted by the leaves and fall off your bike!
Loon Mountain Resort
Loon offers 9 miles of downhill mountain bike trails provide a satisfying experience for both beginners and seasoned riders with various freeride, technical, and cross-country trails.
J.E. Henry Trail
A 1-mile family-friendly trail that begins at the entrance of South Peak Resort and runs adjacent to the Pemi river. This leisurely route is lined with beautiful wildflowers and is a serene, peaceful place to walk during the brisk autumn months. Dog-friendly as long as they remain leashed.
South Peak Escape Route
A 2.3 mile moderately challenging loop trail great for walking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Open year-round but especially pictueresque in the fall.
East Ridge Trail
A 2.3 mile circular trail near Lincoln. Generally considered an easy route for tose just looking to take a stroll, relax, and enjoy the foliage.
Serendipity Loop Trail
This easy 2.3 mile loop trail near Lincoln provides great views of the leaves and is also an ideal pick trail for birdwatchers.
Plan a relaxing leaf-peeping weekend to make some memories—be inspired by nature’s beauty, and maybe get a tub of that famous New Hampshire maple syrup or two to bring home. Are you ready? Get on out there!