5 Fall Activities in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley

Fall in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire

Fall Activities in New Hampshire's Upper ValleyIn the small corner of the world we call the Upper Valley, there is an abundance of things to do during the fall months. The Upper Valley of New Hampshire is a unique mecca of city, country — metro and country bumpkin combined. Home to Dartmouth College and large farms alike, the landscape and peoplescape is vast and varying.

Fall Activities in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley

CHaD Hero Event in Hanover, NH

Each fall masses of people assemble on the Dartmouth College Green to take part in the event known as the CHaD Hero. This race began as a half marathon and quickly morphed into many different events for people of all ages and abilities. There are walks, runs and hikes, something for everyone – all to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. Participants are encouraged to wear Super Hero costumes during the event. The CHaD Hero event takes participants through the wonderful fall foliage of New Hampshire and the half marathon even takes runners over the bridge for a quick visit to Vermont before returning to New Hampshire. As you can see in the video below, it has become much more than just another run – it’s an event for the entire community.

Learn more about the CHaD Hero event here.

Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon, NH

If you’re looking for something to do on a relaxing autumn day in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, I would suggest heading over to Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon for a few hours. Spend the afternoon picking apples and enjoying a apple cider. Poverty Lane Orchards is perhaps the most well known apple orchard in the Lebanon, New Hampshire area.

Poverty Lane Orchards, Lebanon, NH

Scenic Fall Foliage Drive Through the Upper Valley

Take a loop through the Upper Valley of New Hampshire to discover the infinite colors of fall. New England is well known for the fall foliage, the vast amount of colors and the rolling hills of red, yellow and orange – the Upper Valley of New Hampshire is no different. Travel route 4, route 12A or skip over to Vermont and head up I-91 for a fall foliage drive during peak season. Peak season for leaf peepers is usually the last week of September through the second week of October – the first week of October is usually a sure bet to catch a glimpse of the amazing colors. If you’re up for a long drive, try our fall foliage drive through NH.

Fall Foliage in New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Hike on the AT

The Appalachian Trail (AT) passes through the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. One great access point to the trail where you can hike through the woods during the fall foliage season is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Take a drive out to Dartmouth Skiway and park in the lot nearest the “hiking” sign. Walk a third of a mile to the tail head and hike your way up to Holt’s Ledge. It’s not a bad idea to carry your bear mace and bear bell during the fall season, bears are active and preparing for winter hibernation. You don’t want to sneak up on a bear! :)

Appalachian Trail, Holt's Ledge in Hanover, New Hampshire

Pumpkin People of Plainfield, NH

While you’re on your fall foliage drive, you need to take a ride down route 12-A into Plainfield and detour off onto some of the side roads. Here you will find the Pumpkin People of Plainfield! Each year, residents of Plainfield, New Hampshire build “pumpkin people” and put them on display in their yards. Every year they strive to make it better than the last and the creations are not lacking in imagination. You’ll find the pumpkin people portraying everything from current events to acting out daily routines, like working on the farm. You may even see one who’s ready for the CHaD Hero Half Marathon!

Plainfield Pumpkin People

Photo credit: mhardy6647

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick glimplse into the fall foliage season in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire – stop by and visit on your next trip through New England! I hear the Harvest Moon is magical when viewed from New Hampshire…

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