The Southwestern corner of New Hampshire offers a spectacular array of color every fall. Because we have many low lying areas, the colors come early and often stay late. If you have a favorite tour around the Region, please send us an e-mail and let us know!
Tour #1: "Once Around The Mountain"
Starting from Peterborough, take Route 101 West for 5 miles to Route 137. Turn left on Route 137, heading south to Jaffrey. In Jaffrey, there are plenty of reasons to get out and stretch including, the Civic Center Exhibits, the Amos Fortune Home, and the old Red Schoolhouse that has been beautifully restored.
Next head west on Route 124. This road, more than 12 miles of scenic splendor, will bring you along the southern edge of Mt. Monadnock, to the town of Marlborough. It rises over fair-sized hills and dips into beautiful lowlands (the photo above was taken on this road). When you reach Marlborough, turn right onto Route 101, heading east; although this is a main highway, it skirts lovely Dublin Lake and bisects Dublin.
If you still have time, turn left 2 miles east of Dublin on Route 137. This will bring you to the picturesque village of Hancock. Continuing through Hancock, route 137 connects with U.S. 202. Turn right on 202 for a relaxing and scenic drive back to Peterborough.
Tour #2: "The River Valley Run
This journey will take you from Keene on the Old Walpole Road. From the center of Keene, head north on Court Street, approximately 3 miles. You will come to a traffic light and should continue straight through that intersection. Following the Old Walpole Road approximately 12 miles will bring you into the stately, picture-perfect town of Walpole.
Just west of Walpole, is the main highway, Route 12. Four miles from the center of town will bring you to Route 12, within one mile. Turn left onto Route 12, for about 5 miles to Route 63. You will bear right on Route 63 for approximately 1 1/2-miles, until you reach a road on the right, named the River Road. By following River Road for approximately 7 miles, you will be meandering along the beautiful banks of the Connecticut River. It will eventually connect with Route 9, a major highway. Turn left on Route 9 for a quick 10 mile return to Keene, past Spofford Lake. If time permits, you may want to stop off at Chesterfield Gorge State Park for a refreshing hike along this beautiful gorge trail.