Carl and I love planning a fall foliage trip every year to go hiking. Fall hikes are our favorites because of the cooler weather and being surrounded by all the beautiful foliage. This year, we decided to explore New Hampshire and stay in Lincoln, NH. I’m sharing all the activities we did and how you can spend a three day fall foliage trip in New Hampshire.
Fall Foliage Peak Time
When it comes to chasing fall colors, timing is everything. It changes a bit each year, but the time frame is usually early to mid October. We went the first weekend of October and unfortunately, it ended up being a week before peak fall foliage. We still saw some beautiful fall colors though! When you are planning a fall foliage trip, you just have to take a leap of faith and hope you get it right!
You can visit New Hampshire’s Fall Foliage Tracker to keep you up to date and help you select the perfect time to see fall colors.
Things to Do
There are so many great hiking trails in New Hampshire. These are my top three favorite hikes that you can fit into a three day trip:
This is probably the most iconic hike in the White Mountains! The view is beautiful! It is a moderate 1.5 mile hike and takes about an hour to complete. Due to it’s popularity, I highly recommend doing this hike early to avoid the crowds.
In Crawford Notch State Park, you will find the Mount Willard hiking trail. It is a 3.1 mile moderate hike. It has such stunning views over the valley.
Table Rock Trail
Head to Dixville Notch State Park to hike the impressive Table Rock Trail! This is a moderate 1.5 mile trail that has such amazing views. It rained one of the days we were there so unfortunately we had to skip this hike. Hoping to visit there again to complete this trail!
After all the hiking, give your legs a break and drive through the Kancamagus Highway. It is a gorgeous scenic drive where you can stop along the way to see viewpoints of the White Mountains. The 34.5 mile highway goes from Lincoln to Conway, NH.
Shopping in Littleton
Littleton is a cute town filled with a bunch of cool shops, restaurants, cafes, and breweries. It makes the perfect afternoon activity. Some of my favorite shops are Bella Funk Boutique (love their clothes!), Chutters (they have the longest candy counter!), and The Little Herb Shoppe (makes artisan herbal products like teas and oils).
Places to Eat / Drink
These are hands down the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life! They don’t do reservations so I recommend getting there early, but the pancakes are definitely worth the wait!
They have a great craft beer selection! This is also a cool lunch or casual dinner spot!
This is another great brewery option! Carl and I got beer flights and split appetizers for dinner and it was so good!
This is a fun, casual restaurant that makes a great lunch and dinner spot! They serve flavorful dishes from around the world like Thai Red Curry, Ethiopian Peppercorn Sirloin, Enchiladas, and Japanese Salmon.
Hope you enjoyed my post on how you can spend a three day fall foliage trip in New Hampshire!