A 360-degree view of stunning fall foliage
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy family friendly fun in Waterville Valley - The Fall Foliage Capital of the World..
There are two ways to do the fall foliage season in New England. The first is from a car window in traffic. Then there’s the Waterville Valley Resort way: Set in the middle of the forest, surrounded by 4,000 foot peaks - Waterville Valley is the perfect place to explore fall colors. In fact, locals say it has the best foliage in the world due to its healthy forests and micro-climate. You can step out of your lodge and walk to a trailhead: No traffic, crowds or parking problems. And, everywhere you look fall’s spectacular show is amazing.
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, there are 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-ft. summit of Mount Osceola. No matter the location, there’s always a view-- the 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, with over 30 miles of trails. Bikers (and hikers) can take a chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride or hike 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.
The free, open-air trolley that serves the Waterville Valley is also a good way to take in the foliage. It makes a continuous circuit and can get the visitor to any activity in the town.