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slides: Leaf Peeping Around New England

Saturday, September 27, 2014


There is no better way to spend a weekend afternoon than to travel along winding country roads and see the best nature has to offer.

Experience the splashes of color against the bright blue sky while enjoying the brisk, fall air.

During this time of year, New England welcomes many out-of-staters to view our glorious fall foliage.

As we enter peak leaf peeping season, our landscape is painted in various shades of autumnal splendor.

On the way home, stop at your favorite orchard for a bag of apples and a fresh glass of apple cider.


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Lincoln Woods State Park

This 627-acre park just outside of Providence includes all of picturesque Olney Pond and plenty of leaf-covered paths to wander.

H.P. Lovecraft cited Lincoln Park as one of his favorite haunts.

Part of the 2011 film Moonrise Kingdom was shot in the park.

See if you can spot where!


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Rt. 77 Tiverton/Little Compton

The stretch along Sakonnet Peninsula is covered by sugar maples and red maples.

Check out the pumpkin fields and farms during the scenic drive.

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Conanicut Island

The terrain of Conanicut Island in Jamestown includes farmland, marshes, and wildlife preserves.

For the best leaf peeping sights, travel down North Road and circle around East Main Road for views of Potter Cove. Take in the small-town feel of Narragansett Avenue and journey out to Mackerel Cove, Fort Getty and the southernmost tip of the island--Beavertail State Park and the lighthouse.

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Wilcox Park, Westerly

Step into a Norman Rockwell painting at Wilcox Park.

These fifteen acres are dotted by Japanese maples, Red Horsechestnuts and Witch hazels.

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Arcadia Management Area, Exeter

Hikers, walkers, and bikers are invited to visit Arcadia.

Rhode Island’s largest protected area features forest, swamps, shrub wetlands, marshes, and open bodies of water.

A nearly 7-mile trail weaves through some of the most striking milieus in Southern New England.

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Waters Farm

Built in 1757, Waters Farm is 127 acres of fall fun.

On September 29 and 30, attend the Waters Farm Annual Fall Farm Days & Festival.

Ride a horse-drawn wagon through the farms's many trails.

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Scituate Reservoir

Stop by the Scituate Reservoir and see the shoreline lined with trees.

The leaves reflecting on the water is a beautiful sight to behold.

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College Campuses

College campuses are gorgeous during autumn.

Rhode Island has plenty of campuses to choose from.

Fall foliage highlights include Brown University and Salve Regina.

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Moore State Park 

Step back in time at Moore State Park.

The 730-acre park as been the site of gristmills and sawmills since 1747.

Explore the trails in the central section of the park to witness the beautiful colors.

Have a picnic by the banks of a waterfall.

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Wachusett Mountain State Reservation

This area encompasses 3,000 acres.

Take a ride up the automobile road, which is open spring to fall.

The road ascends the 2,006-foot summit.

Below the summit is an old growth forest with trees of 50 to 370 years old.

This is largest known old growth forest east of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

From the top of Mount Wachusett, you can see Mount Monadnock to the north, Mount Greylock to the west, southern Vermont to the northwest and Boston to the east.

The reservation's 17 miles include hiking and walking trails.

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Spencer Country Inn

Central Massachusetts has some of the best spots for leaf peeping.

Begin at the Spencer Country Inn and then drive through Spencer, East Brookfield, North Brookfield, Brookfield, and West Brookfield for a scenic view.

Follow Ben Franklin's trail of mile markers.

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The Berkshires

The Berkshires are quintessential New England.

Head over during the first week in October for the breathtaking foliage.

This area is for the most serious of leaf peepers.


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