When it comes to capturing the beauty of New England’s fall foliage, there are many helpful tips and tricks
for producing the foliage photo of your dreams. Still, most stunning shots begin with a great subject. With so much beauty to choose from in New England it can be difficult to know where to begin. If you’re planning to travel around New England with a camera in hand, we think there are undoubtedly a few “bucket list” locations to add to your fall foliage photo collection. Here are our picks for the best five fall foliage photo-ops in New England.
The Best 5 Fall Foliage Photo-Ops in New England
Beacon Hill | Boston, Massachusetts
When the cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill become dappled with fall leaves, this historic Boston neighborhood begins to feel more like a movie set than real life. Camera in hand, wander the rows of stately brick homes and stop to admire their many charming, historic details. You’ll quickly see why Beacon Hill has become a favorite of both tourists and photographers alike!
For those looking for a relatively easy introduction to hiking the White Mountains, this 1.5-mile loop trail is a wonderfully accessible option. The end point is an overlook that offers photo-worthy views of nearby Echo Lake and the surrounding Franconia Notch State Park.
Jesup Path | Acadia National Park, Maine
This mostly level trail winds through the spindly, white birch- and hemlock-filled forests of Acadia National Park in Maine. A raised wooden boardwalk provides protection from the boggy ground while also creating excellent subject matter for photos. And while these pathways make for a beautiful composition all year-round, there’s something especially stunning about a photo that highlights the contrast of the white birch bark, the orange autumn leaves, and the wooden footpath shrinking away into the distance.
No fall foliage photo list would be complete without a covered bridge, and this cherry red bridge spanning the Pemigewasset River wins the prize as one of the region’s most picturesque. The bridge forms one portion of the path at The Flume Gorge
in New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park, a highly trafficked 2-mile hiking loop which climbs high over stunning waterfalls and rock formations. Built in 1886, the bridge has since been restored on many occasions and is now as camera-ready as ever.
Nestled just outside of Woodstock, Vermont, is one of the most photographed properties in Vermont, Sleepy Hollow Farm. This bucket-list foliage photography destination has it all: a rickety wooden fence, a winding dirt road, a bright red farmhouse, and yes, an old wooden barn. And as Yankee editor Ian Aldrich wrote
, “if you have even a passing interest in New England fall photos, you’ve no doubt already seen pictures of the property…Sleepy Hollow is catnip for photographers.”
Would you add any home run New England fall foliage photo-ops to our list? Let us know in the comments below!