When to Go

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Are you longing to see the brightest fall colors? Want the freshest maple syrup, straight from the sugar house to your stack of fluffy pancakes? We break down the best times to visit the Northern Forest.


You’ll need some serious activity for the chilly winter days in the Northern Forest. Fortunately, there are hundreds of miles of cross-country and snowshoeing trails throughout the region. Make sure to start the day with a stack of pancakes covered in fresh maple syrup. Winter activities include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Winter camping (dress warmly!)
  • Christmas tree gathering


Spring in the Northern Forest can be a tricky time of year to visit. The Winter snow has begun to taper off and melt into a muddy mess. However, for those souls hardy enough venture out in the cold and rain, the rewards are:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Spring wildflowers


The summer months in New England are some of the most popular. The weather is mild compared to the rest of the country, but watch out for black flies. Popular summertime pursuits include:

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
    • Autumn

Autumn might be the best time to visit the Northern Forest. The crisp fall days set off a fireworks display throughout the treetops of the forest, painting the trees in bright yellows, oranges and reds. The best activities for this time of year are:

  • Leaf-peeping
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Hunting

Helpful links

  • Green Mountain National Forest Seasonal Recreation:


  • Mahoosuc Adventure map:


  • White Mountain National Forest:


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