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Hike Mount Major in New Hampshire This Fall

Gorgeous New Hampshire fall foliage when you hike Mount Major

We’re still enjoying the last (and best!) days of summer here at our Laconia, New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast – but we can’t help but look forward to the explosion of color that’s soon to come. New Hampshire fall foliage is spectacular, and we can’t wait to share some of our favorite places to see it up close and personal with you, including hiking Mount Major.

Mount Major in New Hampshire is located just south of the popular Lake Winnepesaukee in the beautiful Belknap mountain range. The access point to Mount Major is a short drive away. In just 30 minutes, you’ll travel from the stunning shores of Lake Winnisquam and be at the trailhead to Mount Major, at the top of which breathtaking views of New Hampshire fall foliage await.

Many people come to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire each fall to soak up the tranquil ambiance of the lakes and admire the vibrant colors of fall that surround them. There are plenty of places to stay in the Lakes Region, but none that compare to our Laconia Bed and Breakfast. Our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast is the only lakefront lodging of its kind in the Lakes Region.

Moreover, we offer superior guest rooms, welcoming hospitality, and an unparalleled opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy the best of this incredible area. We hope you’re ready for an adventurous and beautiful fall. Book your room at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast today!

Gorgeous sunrise view from the top of Mount Major in New Hampshire

Take in the Fall Views from Mount Major

The hike up to the top of Mount Major is short but spectacular. It’s one of the most popular hikes in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, and for a good reason. The summit of Mount Major stands at a modest 1,738 feet, so by no means is it the tallest hike in the area. However, the panoramic views from the top of Lake Winnepesaukee are sensational.

The Mount Major Trail is only 1.5 miles long and is the most direct route to the summit. Combine it with an extended hike on the Brook Trail Junction and/or the Boulder Loop Trail, and you’ll have a fun and extended day of hiking in the Belknap Range. The trailhead for Mount Major is found just off Route 11, and though the parking lot is large, you can expect this relatively easy and popular hike to fill up quickly. Getting here early is best if you want to enjoy the hike without the crowds.

As you hike the Mount Major Trail, keep your eyes out for the large erratics you’ll see in the area – giant boulders left behind from the last glacial recession. Once at the top. Take the time to soak up the view of some of the best New Hampshire fall foliage. From the summit, you’ll see Lake Winnipesaukee and the southern portion of the White Mountains.

fall foliage ringing the lakes - one of the best ways to enjoy New Hampshire fall foliage, apart from hiking Mount Major

More Great Ways to Enjoy New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Fall is undeniably the best time to visit New Hampshire, and it’s thanks to the incredible displays of fall foliage you’ll find around every bend. New Hampshire fall foliage is simply spectacular. Though you’ll be surrounded by the colors of fall right here at our lakefront Bed and Breakfast, there are also plenty of ways to get out and have some fun this fall, all the while soaking up even more of those impressive fall views.

Below, we’ve included a few of our favorite ways to see the best New Hampshire fall foliage.

  1. There are some great scenic drives to take in and around the New Hampshire Lakes Region, including the Kancamangus Highway. There’s no better way to see stunning New Hampshire fall foliage!
  2. If you’ve conquered Mount Major and are looking for more terrific hikes in New Hampshire, head to the White Mountains. A favorite fall hike there is the Artist Bluff Trail, where you’ll get views of Echo Lake and the Franconia Notch Valley. The Franconia Ridge Loop will take you across three different mountain ranges!
  3. Visit some of the best waterfalls in NH, like Arethusa Falls, Sabbaday Falls, and Diana’s Baths.
  4. A ride up the scenic Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington, marveling in the colors of fall as you go.
  5. Head to local apple orchards, like Moulton Farm in Meredith, and enjoy some old-fashioned fall fun.
  6. Kayak or canoe around any of the lakes, especially the peaceful waters of Lake Winnisquam.
  7. Take a lake cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard Mount Washington. You can also take the smaller but idyllic Squam Lake Cruise.
  8. Take a ride on the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, a beautiful and relaxing way to see the best New Hampshire fall foliage.
  9. Take in the views from the top of Gunstock Mountain. In the fall, they offer scenic chairlift rides, which are just beautiful.
  10. Get outside – just about anywhere – and enjoy the magnificent fall bird migration through the area. It’s one of the most peaceful ways to enjoy a day in the lakes region.

Of course, while you’re here soaking up all of this amazing New Hampshire fall foliage, you’ll need a place to relax and unwind. There’s no better place to stay in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region than our Laconia, NH Bed and Breakfast. Book your room with us today!

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