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Fall Foliage Guided Hikes

October 9, 2019

Any day spent hiking in and around Waterville Valley is a good day. But there’s something extra special about fall foliage hikes – forest and mountain views enhanced by vibrant colors, the sound of fallen leaves crunching under foot, the distinct smell of autumn in the air, and invigoratingly cool temps.  

There are myriad hiking options, including guided hikes right here in Waterville Valley, home to the first network of hiking trails in America.

Waterville Valley fall foliage

WVAIA, the Valley’s outdoor club, is offering a free guided hike of the Mad River Trail on Sunday, Oct. 13. WVAIA members and guests are welcomed. Meet at the gazebo in Town Square by 9 a.m. Will return to Town Square by noon. Questions? Email WVAIA.

The Recreation Department is also offering a couple of free guided hikes on Friday, Oct.  18 & 25.

The 18th hike is the East Pond Loop (moderate, 4.5 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 9:45 a.m. and plan for a 3 p.m. return. The 25th hike is Mt. Tecumseh (moderate/difficult, 6.8 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 9:45 a.m. and plan for a 3 p.m. return. 

Waterville Valley guided fall foliage hikes

Image from Waterville Valley Recreation Department’s Facebook page

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the Rec. Dept. is offering a guided hike to the Waterville Valley Flume (moderate/difficult, 5.4 miles). Meet at the Rec. Dept. by 7:45 a.m. and return by 1 p.m. There is a fee to participate in this hike: $15 per person ($10 for members). 

The Rec. Dept. hikes are limited to 13 spots, so sign-up online at or contact the Rec. at 603-236-4695.

Fall foliage guided hikes Waterville Valley NH

Image from Waterville Valley Recreation Department’s Facebook page

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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