New England Fall Road Trips
It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful time of the year in New England than the fall. As the daytime air cools, Forest Properties communities begin to glow with golden hues, rich reds, and burning oranges. Whether you live in the heart of Boston or in the outskirts of Portsmouth, one of the best ways to absorb fall foliage is to plan a road trip. Grab your camera, coffee, favorite music playlist, and buckle up for one of New England’s best fall road trips!
Farm Coast – Rhode Island and Massachusetts
The Farm Coast region of southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island is perfectly tucked away between Cape Cod and Newport. Nearly every road in this area boasts crisp colors, but it’s the local attractions that make this adventure one to remember. Here are a few pit stops to make as you drive through the area:
- Rent a kayak from Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures to paddle your way down the Westport River and its changing foliage
- Stock up on homemade donuts, ice cream, and hot coffee at The Head Town Landing Country Store
- Pick up a few pumpkins from Walker’s Roadside Stand on Route 77 in Rhode Island
- Savor fall ice cream flavors, including Butter Pecan and Maple Walnut, from Gray’s Ice Cream
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Western Rhode Island
Rhode Island may be a small state, but it has a healthy collection of leaf peeping roadways! For the most dramatic colors, take a joy ride to the mostly rural, uncrowded northern and western towns with rolling meadows, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and charming country stores. Don’t forget to pick up a few cider donuts from Appleland Orchard for the drive back to Parkview Exchange!
Good To Know: Peak leaf-viewing throughout most of Rhode Island happens during the third and fourth weeks of October.
The Berkshires – Massachusetts
For residents of The Parkside, kick off your leaf peeping season with a picturesque drive through the famous Berkshire Mountains. Peak season for leaf viewing in the Berkshires happens around mid-October, and trees near bodies of water tend to have more vibrant colors a bit sooner. Here are a few parks and viewing spots that are sure to provide the perfect fall photo op:
- Drive up Mount Greylock for spectacular views
- Explore Bentley Brook in the small town of Hancock for colors around every corner
- Cruise along Route 8, which runs between two state parks, for optimal leaf peeping
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Plymouth County – Massachusetts
Close your eyes and imagine the vibrant colors of autumn. Burning orange, warm golds, rich browns, and pools of cranberry red? That’s right! A drive through Plymouth County packs a punch with its autumn-inspired color palette – even out in the cranberry fields. Residents of Landing53 can hop on Route 58 South to North Carver to see cranberry bogs flooded with pools of crimson berries as the season’s harvest gets underway.
Early October is best time to view foliage in southern New Hampshire, and residents of Brook Village West can always check the latest foliage tracker when planning your visit. The rocky summit of Mt. Monadnock is a popular area to explore in the fall, especially for hikers. Consider breaking up your road trip with a quick fall foliage hike along one of these friendly trails:
- Lookout Ledge at Mount Randolph (1.3 miles to overlook)
- Birchtoft Trail at Mount Monadnock (2.9 miles one-way) for a view of Boston
- The Urban Forestry Center self-guided nature trail (2 miles roundtrip)
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