Escape traffic along scenic road or catching the foliage from the moving window of a moving car, stretch your legs and enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn in Waterville Valley. Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Resort has a wide selection of activities with miles of hiking, scenic vistas and a chair lift to see the foliage show without the car fumes.
You can forget about the busy roads after your arrival at the resort. Visitors to Waterville Valley Resort can generally park their car and forget it. A free, open-air trolley serves the valley and can take you wherever you want to go. The Town Square is a pedestrian-only zone on a pond, and most activities are within walking distance or a short ride away on the trolley.
Hiking is one of the most popular ways to take in the stunning fall foliage and the Waterville Valley area has been a choice spot for leaf peeping since the 1800s when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. Still active today, the association continues to oversee the valley's 100 miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-pounding ascents. Whether you’re taking a stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wandering through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or hiking up the 4,315-ft. summit of Mount Osceola, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the 700,000 acres of the national forest.
If you prefer wheels to hiking boots, there’s no better way to take in the foliage than on a bike, either your own or a rental bike from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, there are over 30 miles of trails to suit the mood of riders at all experience levels. You can even take the chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride your bike down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes and instructors to ensure your bike is comfortable and suggest trails to explore. If you've never biked before, it's a great, non-threatening way to begin.