Kinsman Notch – fall foliage location
Kinsman Notch in the western mountains of New Hampshire is my first favorite scenic fall foliage location.
Kinsman Notch is also known as the beaver pond. The great thing about the beaver pond is how easy it is to get to it. The general location to look for first is Lincoln New Hampshire. This is just off of Route 93 and you may recognise it as the western starting point of the Kancamagus Highway (the Kanc).
The “Kanc” is also known as Route 112 and today you are going to drive west out of Lincoln to Woodstock NH. (This is not Woodstock Vermont so be careful with GPS directions). Stay on Route 112 past Woodstock and you will now be on Lost River rd. Follow this through the hills for around 6 miles and as you pass the Lost Gorge and Boulder caves on your right, you should be ready to tap the brakes.
I’ve found my best shots of the pond come near dawn. and cloudy grey days can be just as nice. I zoom in and crop out the bland sky and focus instead, on the color on the hill above the pond that form the sides of this bowl full of fall colors.
If you are really lucky you will arrive with no wind and have a mirror like fall foliage reflection.
If you arrive in Woodstock and its still dark then leave 112 for the main street and look for the convenience store on the left. They make the best breakfast biscuits and the coffee is Green Mountain… So it can’t be too bad.
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