Color Update from VisitNH on 9/28/12:
One week has made a world of difference in the color progression in the Lakes Region! All towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee are showing a blend of early reds and oranges, with an overall change of nearly 25%. The Ossipee Mountain Range is now showing spotty color at the higher elevations, and can be viewed from just about anywhere in this region. The just-beginning reds and oranges in this watery part of the state will only get better as the nights get cooler. Some routes to take in this area are Route 171 from Ossipee to Moultonborough; Route 28 through downtown Wolfeboro, where you’ll be greeted by shades of pale green, bright yellow, and maroon; and Route 109 which edges the big lake and provides panoramic views.
Branch River Valley Trail The Branch River Valley Trail journeys through the small rural towns of Wakefield and Milton. Take in the stately Belknap Range as you wind through woodlands, open pastures and rivers. This byway travels along Routes 16, 125, 153 and other local roads from Milton to Wakefield, including a side trip on Applebee Road to Milton Mills.
Lakes Region Tour The Lakes Tour circles New Hampshire’s largest lake, Lake Winnipesaukee and offers grand views, lakeside villages, impressive lakefront homes and resort-type activities. The tour takes various turns, but one suggested route is to drive clockwise starting in Alton and head on to Alton Bay, Gilford, Weirs Beach, Meredith, Holderness, Center Harbor and Moultonborough.
For more information on planning your trip to the Lakes region, click here.