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Fall Foliage by Rail

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington Cog Railway

While hiking and driving are excellent ways to enjoy fall foliage in New Hampshire, there are other options. For more than a century, the coal – fired steam Mount Washington Cog Railway has been scaling the 6,288 foot Mountain, thrilling passengers who crave the great views of the Presidential range from above the tree line.

If a rickety ride on the second steepest rails in the world to a site famous for bad weather and the highest recorded wind speeds seems daunting, the Conway Scenic Railroad is a calmer bet.

Conway Scenic Railroad
Conway Scenic Railroad

The five-hour, narrated journey through the Crawford Notch passes over steep bluffs, ravines, brooks and streams and allows visitors to see fall colours up close without fear of veering off the rails, or highways.



Travel Planner

  • For a state-wide information kit and excellent driving maps contact the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development: 1-800-386-4664
  • Fall Foliage Hotline 1-800-258-3608 (During September and October only).
  • Mount Washington Cog Railway: (603) 278-5404
  • Conway Scenic Railroad



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