Take your RV for an incredible vacation in the White Mountains. The White Mountain National Forest is a truly special place for a getaway from spring through the fall. You’ll find hiking trails, historic sites and camping as well as gorgeous scenery with especially wonderful fall colors. This National Forest contains more than 1,200 miles of trails for the adventures of a lifetime.
First you travel up Interstate 93 to Highway 3 to North Woodstock, New Hampshire. This is where you will start your RV trip. This is a scenic drive that simply must hold the top place on your list of all scenic drives in the U.S. When in North Woodstock you will want to visit the Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves. Follow the Lost River through the gorge, walk the boardwalks and explore the caves.
When you get to Clark’s Trading Post you will want to stop and see the Bear Show, enjoy the entertainment and browse all the souvenirs available to take home with you. You can let the kids take a ride on the White Mountain Central Railroad and travel through a wonderful covered bridge.
To really experience some amazing scenery, stop at Flume Gorge at the base of Mount Liberty. From the Flume Visitor’s Center you can walk a two-mile loop, but be ready for a lot of uphill walking and stairs. You are in the absolutely amazing Franconia Notch State Park. Here the colors of autumn are simply beautiful, and you’ll definitely want to capture some on camera. Don’t forget your camera gear when embarking on your White Mountains fall RV excursion!
Also in Franconia Notch State Park you can see the Old Man of the Mountain Basin Waterfall, where rock formations and small waterfalls will please and inspire. Then on to Twin Mountain for more hiking, biking or wildlife viewing! You may catch a glimpse of a moose. You will find RV camping in Twin Mountain, such as the Ammonoosuc Campground, with a number of RV sites to accommodate you.
Take a little side trip and experience the thrill of riding on the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Heading up to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast is an exhilarating time. This railway is open through the beginning of December. You can look out on all the fabulous autumn colors surrounding. This is quite an experience.
Other places of interest on your scenic drive include Crawford House Artist’s Studio and Bretton Woods. Crawford House was built in 1880 and deserves your attention to this historic site. In Bretton Woods you can stay a while and get out into the wilderness surrounding for some autumn fun.
Take a walk on the wild side in Crawford Notch State Park, with over 5000 acres of wilderness landscapes, with trees of golden orange and red. Go fishing, take some short hikes, or simply enjoy the views. After some time spent here, go to Attitash Mountain in Bartlett. If you are brave, you can tackle the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster. You ride up the mountain calmly and come down the mountain on a thrilling ride with dips, curves and straight runs at the speed you control. This ride is open into December, so you have a chance to experience the thrills late into the season.
Another side trip you can take now is to Rocky Gorge Scenic Area, with a terrific 10-foot waterfall on the Swift River. Stop to admire the breathtaking beauty of this rocky gorge. Along the Kancamagus Highway you will find the Lower Falls, with a great picnic area where you can have your lunch.
Next move on to the Albany Covered Bridge spanning the Swift River. There are many covered bridges in White Mountains National Forest and this is one of the most beautiful. Although you have only seen a small part of these incredible White Mountains, you surely now have a concept of the true nature of this part of New Hampshire. There is more to see, so if you extend your vacation time, you can travel the byways of the park and marvel at more fall sights and have some more adventures.
Picture credits: The fall foliage picture is from the Travel New England photo gallery.