Fall is one of the most popular times of year in New Hampshire. With seasonal traditions that include making homemade donuts and freshly pressed apple cider and taking scenic train rides through the White Mountains, this time of year brings out more than just the sweaters.
Spectacular bursts of red, orange and yellow begin to cover the landscape in late September, and as the days get cooler and the nights get longer, the colors begin to deepen. Tourists and locals marvel at the array of colors, and what better way to enjoy nature’s beauty than by going for a hike.
One of the most popular hiking destinations can be found in the southern part of the state. Mount Monadnock is known as the “third most climbed mountain in the world,” according to the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, after Japan’s Mount Fuji and China’s Mount Tai. More than 125,000 trek up the 3,165-foot mountain annually.
More than 8 million “leaf peepers” annually have visited New Hampshire to enjoy the display. They spend a little over $1 billion while they’re here, according to the New Hampshire Department of Tourism.
Fall Foliage is more than just amazing colors –check out these fun facts:
The leaves on New Hampshire’s state tree, the white birch, turn only yellow, never red or orange.
Leaves change color as a result of chemical changes that occur as a tree starts to go dormant.
Fall foliage develops best when the days get colder and the nights get longer.
The northern New Hampshire foliage season peaks in late September to early October, while central and southern regions see their best foliage in mid- to late October.
For more information about the best places to see fall foliage, visit www.visitnh.gov.