A vibrant autumn show of color is on its way! To enjoy it, one needs to find a place that is off the beaten path, and where you can have easy access to trails and views. Waterville Valley Resort is set in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. This a place where the brilliant colors of autumn shine--and there are more activities than you can shake a leaf at in the Fall Foliage capital of New England!
Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, and today, there’s no better way to take in the foliage than on a bike. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, you'll find plenty of trails to suit your mood—more than 40 miles of them. You can even take a chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride your bike down. The Adventure Center in town has well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and can suggest trails to explore. If you've never biked before, it's a great way to begin.
Nearby, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy golf or tennis at Waterville Valley Resort, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. Visitors to Waterville Valley Resort have been playing tennis since 1884, when there was only one court. Today there are 18, and they are among the best courts in the world. Tennis Magazine ranks the Waterville Valley Tennis Center as one of the top tennis resorts in America, and Tennis Resorts Online rated it one of the best in America for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains.
The Waterville Valley Golf Club is a family-friendly course surrounded by glorious 360-degree views of Mounts Tecumseh, Osceola and Sandwich. The spirit of Waterville Valley permeates the course, in contrast to more high-pressure clubs.
But don't mistake "friendly" for "unchallenging." A recent renovation designed to maintain the charm of the original course added all kinds of great amenities.
While fall may be a bit cool for swimming, kayaking and paddle-boating on Corcoran Pond are still favorite autumn activities. On the outside chance of a rainy day, you can head to the White Mountain Athletic Club, which has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms, and cardiovascular room. Or try the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, which is open and provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages.
Beyond its many outdoor activities, Waterville Valley Resort is also an artistic and cultural center, a tradition that stretches back to its earliest days. Poets and painters have long frequented the region, and in the late 1950s, the creators of the immensely popular Curious George books, H.A. and Margret Rey, made it their part-time home.
Today, the Rey's spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A Rey Center, which hosts nature walks, literary groups, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and activities for children.
The Waterville Valley Recreation Department hosts a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors in the fall, including foliage tours and walks, open gym sessions for all ages, open basketball, after-school activities, and more.