New England’s Best Places for Fall Foliage

Picture of Fall FoliageNew England is widely believed to have some of the best fall foliage in the world. So trying to pick the best places in New England to see the foliage can be an exercise in splitting hairs. Almost anywhere you go will reward you with displays of wonderful color. The stream through the woods in your own back yard may be a spectacular foliage location.

That being said, there are many places in New England that are widely recognized as fabulous places for taking in the foliage. So without any attempt to imply that one place is better than another, what follows is an alphabetical list of great places to take in New England’s spectacular fall color.

Before we present the list, don’t forget some obvious places to view fall foliage such as:

Best Places in New England to View Fall Foliage

Great Cities and Towns for Fall Foliage

Following is a list of cities and towns that are widely recognized as wonderful places to take in autumn color:

  • Amherst, MA – The Pioneer Valley is a well known destination for fall foliage. Amherst is notable as the home to three of the the valley’s five colleges: Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Be sure to check out the Amherst College Museum of Natural History or the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art while there.
  • Barrington, RI – Bounded by the Warren River to the east and Narragansett Bay on the west and south.
  • Bethel, ME – Located in the Androscoggin River valley, and the Mahoosuc Mountains Bethel puts on quite a show every fall.
  • Blue Hill, ME – Located in the Acadia / Down East part of Maine.
  • Bristol, RI – Located on a a peninsula with Narragansett Bay to the west and Mount Hope Bay to the east. When there be sure to check out the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum,┬áthe Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum, and Colt State Park.
  • Camden, ME – Located in Maine’s mid-coast region. Be sure to check out Camden Hills State Park.
  • Conway/North Conway, NH – Conway and North Conway are located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and provide easy access to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, White Mountain Trail, and the White Mountain National Forest.
  • Cornwall, CT – Located in Connecticut’s beautiful Lichtfield Hills centrally located for access to the Housatonic State Park, Housatonic Meadows State Park, Mohawk Mountain State Park and State Forest, and the Wyantenock State Forest.
  • East Haddam, CT – Called “one of the last great places” by the Nature Conservancy.
  • Grafton, VT – Connecticut River Byway to the East and the Green Mountain National Forest to the west.
  • Hanover, NH – On the Connecticut River, Connecticut River Byway, and home to Dartmouth College.
  • Picture of Fall foliage on the Ellis River in Jackson, NH

    Ellis River in Jackson, NH

    Jackson, NHJackson is located in the White Mountains with easy access to the White Mountain National Forest. Be sure to check out their famous covered bridge.

  • Jeffersonville, VT – In northern Vermont with easy access from Burlington.
  • Kent, CT – Also in the Lichtfield Hills and home to Macedonia Brook State Park.
  • Litchfield, CT – In the heart of Connecticut’s Lichtfield Hills that are renowned for their displays of fall color.
  • Manchester, VT – In the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest, Manchester calls themselves the “No. l Fall Foliage Town in Vermont”.
  • Middlebury, VT – Home to Middlebury College and near the northern part of the Green Mountain National Forest.
  • Montgomery, VT – In northern Vermont near the Jay State Forest and the slef-proclaimed covered bridge capital of Vermont.
  • Newfane, VT – Near the Green Mountain National Forest and scenic Route 100 and home to the Williamsville Covered Bridge.
  • Newport, RI – Mansions, seashore, wineries, and more.
  • Northampton, MA – Also in the beautiful Pioneer Valley and home to Smith College. Check out the Smith College Museum of Art when visiting.
  • Northeast Harbor, ME – On the southern end of Mount Desert Island and just south of Acadia National Park.
  • Rangeley, ME – In the center of the Rangley Lakes region of Maine, known for its spectacular fall foliage.
  • Sandwich, NH – Sandwich has one foot in the White Mountains with part of the White Mountain National Forest in the north, and another foot in the Lakes Region with part of Squam Lake in the southwestern corner of the town.
  • Shelburne Falls, MA – Located on the Mohawk Trail in the Berkshire foothills in the towns of Shelburne and Buckland. Be sure to check out the Bridge of Flowers when visiting.
  • Stockbridge, MA – Located in the Berkshire Mountains with the Housatonic River running through the center of town. Be sure to check out the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Naumkeag Museum & Gardens, Norman Rockwell Museum, and Tanglewood when visiting.
  • Stowe, VT – Located in a valley in the Green Mountains. Be sure to check out Mount Mansfield, the Vermont Ski Museum, Smugglers’ Notch State Park, Bingham Falls, the Trapp Family Lodge, and the Stowe Mountain Resort when visiting.
  • Sturbridge, MA – Home to the living history museum Old Sturbridge Village. Also check out Wells State Park and Walker Pond when visiting.
  • Waitsfield, VT – Located along scenic Route 100, one of the best fall foliage drives anywhere.
  • Walpole, NH – Along the Connecticut River and providing easy access to the Connecticut River Byway.
  • Warren, RI – On the east bank of the Warren River.
  • Waterville Valley, NH – In the White Mountain National Forest and home to the Waterville Valley Resort.
  • Westerly, RI – Home to Misquamicut State Beach and Watch Hill.
  • Weston, VT – Provides easy access to the Green Mountain National Forest and Okemo State Forest. Be sure to visit Weston’s famous Vermont Country Store.
  • Williamstown, MA – Located in the Berkshire Mountains, the western terminus of the Mohawk Trail, and home to Williams College and numerous cultural attractions.
  • Woodstock, CT – In northeast Connecticut and home to Roseland Cottage, and Woodstock Academy.
  • Woodstock, VT – Home to the Billings Farm & Museum, and two covered bridges – the Lincoln Covered Bridge, and Middle Covered Bridge.

Great Places for Fall Foliage

Picture of Fall Foliage in Acadia National Park

Fall Foliage in Acadia National Park

Following is a list of locations well known for their wonderful foliage:

  • Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Arcadia Management Area, Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton, and West Greenwich, RI
  • Baxter State Park, Millinocket, ME – Home to Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain.
  • Block Island Greenways, New Shoreham, RI
  • Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA
  • Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA
  • Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, ME
  • Coolidge State Park, Plymouth, VT
  • Dennis Hill State Park, Norfolk, CT
  • Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Tiverton, RI
  • George Washington Management Area, Putnam Pike, Glocester , RI
  • Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick, RI
  • Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, ME
  • Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans, VT
  • Kingsland Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh, VT
  • Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent, CT
  • Mohawk State Forest, Cornwall, CT
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA
  • Mount Washington State Park, Crawford, NH
  • Mt. Philo State Park, Charlotte, VT
  • Mt. Tom State Park, Litchfield, CT
  • New Discovery State Park, Groton, VT
  • Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT
  • Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted, CT
  • Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA
  • Shenipsit State Forest, Somers, CT
  • Silver Lake State Park, Hollis, NH
  • Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT
  • Talcott Mountain State Park, Simsbury, CT
  • Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton MA
  • Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord, MA
  • Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, ME
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