15 Things to Do in the NH White Mountains Regions in the Fall

Fall foliage is spectacular in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Here are 15 ways to discover the Mt Washington Valley in September and October.

Conway Scenic Railroad

Experience one of the most famous attraction of North Conway, the Conway Scenic Railroad, in the center of North Conway Village and only 5 minutes away from Cranmore Mountain Lodge. The historic Victorian Station has served as a regional landmark since its completion in 1974. The Station and Roundhouse both are on the National Register of Historic Places. They propose 55 minutes, 1 hour 3/4 and 5 hour round trips along the mountain side for breathtaking views. You can also enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner Train on selected weekends in October, a first class evening of fabulous food, superior service and entertaining Dinner Theater aboard the elegant dining car Chocorua or Hattie Evans. Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like in the tongue in cheek humor and zany antics that will keep everyone on their toes as they work the clues to determine the killer on board.

Conway Scenic train in the fall
Conway Scenic train in the fall

Cog Railway

“Experience a sense of adventure and history on the Cog Railway’s 3-hour round-trip to the top of Mount Washington. This scenic train ride allows visitors to take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the White Mountains of New Hampshire and all of the Northeastern United States.”

The cog railway in the Fall
The Cog Railway

Mt Washington Auto Road

“Located just 25 minutes north of North Conway, NH on scenic NH Route 16, the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s unique location in Pinkham Notch provides spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range as you drive yourself or take a guided tour to the summit of Mt Washington.” Guests of Cranmore Mountain Lodge take advantage of a free voucher for a discount on a guided tour or a FREE passenger when driving their own car.


Mount Washington Auto Road
The Mt Washington Auto Road

Wildcat Mountain

“To view the Best Scenery in the East (SKI Magazine 2014), ride aboard our four-person enclosed scenic gondola to Wildcat Mountain’s 4,000+ foot summit. Gondolas run continuously during hours of operation and reservations are not required. Fresh Lunch & Ride packages are available for you to enjoy a unique picnic experience and lasting vacation memory.” You can even bring Fido for a free ride!

View from Wildcat Mountain
View from the Gondola at Wildcat Mountain

Kancamagus Highway and Route 302

Discover the most scenic roads of NH . “The Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbaday Falls, Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge.”

Kancamagus Highway
Kancamagus Highway

Village of Jackson NH

Just 15 minutes drive from Cranmore Mountain Lodge, Jackson Village is a typical historic New England village, accessible via a covered bridge with beautiful waterfalls right in the center of the village. This village is home of the “Pumpkin People” in October.

return of the pumpkin people in Jackson NH
The Return of the Pumpkin People in Jackson NH

Rolling Dog Sledding Tour

Take a unique 2 hour dog sledding tour with Muddy Paws dog sledding, available from mid-september to November. You don’t need snow on the ground to experience being a musher!

Fall rolling dog sledding
Rolling Dog Sledding in the Fall

Moose Tour

Take a moose tour  with North Conway’s Moose Safari. They will make sure you see a moose before you go back home.

North Conway Moose Safari Moose Tour
North Conway Moose Safari Moose Tour

Black Ghost Boat Cruise

Take a sunset boat cruise on the Conway Lake with Black Ghost Boat Cruise. They specialize in Private Charters up to eight people and will customize your cruisewhether it be a lunch on the water, swimming off the boat,  or cruising the many coves in search of wildlife.

Black Ghost Boat Cruise on Conway Lake
Black Ghost Boat Cruise on Conway Lake

North Conway Village Independent Stores

Take the time to do some Tax Free shopping, not only to the outlet stores of Settlers’ Green but the unique independent stores of North Conway and Jackson Village

North Conway Village - Copyright Cranmore Mt Lodge
North Conway Village –

Scenic Fall Hikes

There are wonderful easy/moderate hikes for leaf peepers : Black Cap Mountain (right at Cranmore Mountain Lodge doorstep) takes just 50 minutes to hike to the summit, easy enough to bring the kids. Or hike the Mt Willard in Crawford Notch for a spectacular view of the whole valley.

Mt Willard
Mt Willard

Biking the White Mountains NH

Bike the  Bear Notch Loop! This cycling route is spectacular at all seasons (except in winter as Bear Notch road is closed) and is particularly spectacular in the Fall.

Fryeburg Fair

Visit the Fryeburg Fair in Fryeburg Maine, considered to be one of the best agricultural fair in the USA. It is an annual event that usually takes place the last week of September or the first week of October

Fryeburg Fair
FRYEBURG, MAINE — 10/06/15 — Troy R. Bennett | BDN


Navigate your way through 4 individual haunts in one terrifying experience at the Ghoullog on Cranmore Mountain, every weekends from end of September to the end of October.

the ghoullog on Cranmore Mountain
The Ghoullog on Cranmore Mountain

Corn Maize

Have fun with your family at Sherman Farms amazing corn maize, every weekend from end of September to end of October.

Corn Maze at Sherman Farm
Corn Maze at Sherman Farms


And while you enjoy all these activities, we hope welcoming you soon at Cranmore Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast!

Fall colors Maple tree Cranmore Mountain Lodge
Welcome to Cranmore Mountain Lodge