A 360-degree view of stunning fall foliage
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy family friendly fun in New England’s premier resort town.
There are two ways to do the fall foliage season in New England. The first is the bus tour or touring around in your own car. Then there’s the Waterville Valley Resort way.
Thanks to the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley is perfectly illuminated with autumn colors. From wherever the visitor stands or sits, it’s a 360-degree view of spectacular leaves. And, when the gawking gets tiresome, there’s plenty of activities in which to enjoy the outdoors.
Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. The association is still in existence today and continues to oversee the valley's 100 miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-thumping ascents. Visitors can stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wander the woods and search for wildflowers, or hike up the 4,315 foot summit of Mount Osceola. No matter the location, there’s always a view of the White Mountain National Forest.
Some foliage enthusiasts choose to take in the colors from a bicycle. They can bring their own or rent one from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Then, the options are a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods on more than 75 miles of trails. Bikers can take a chairlift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to make sure the bike is comfortable and to suggest trails to explore.
Waterville Valley’s free, open-air trolley is also a good way to take in the foliage. It makes a continuous circuit around town and can get visitors to any activity or location so there’s no need to take the car or worry about parking.