Fall in Concord, New Hampshire
Updated: Sep 22
Fall in Concord provides a variety of activities and sights including iconic New England fall foliage, hiking, and Halloween festivities.
Concord’s hiking trails are popular year-round but fall is a great time to also enjoy the outdoors paired with fall foliage. With more than 30 trails to choose from, there is no shortage of hiking options for all ages and abilities. Access trail maps on the City of Concord website.
Fall also means hunting season. City of Concord conservation lands are managed as multi-use land, which means hunting is allowed on most properties. Hunters generally stay away from heavily used trails because noise and foot traffic are not ideal. Most hunting takes place during dusk or dawn, it is best to avoid those times for hiking. However, if you do not feel comfortable hiking in areas where hunting is allowed, below is a list of trails where hunting is prohibited:
· Map 5 - Contoocook River Park
· Map 7 - Spears Park
· Map 21 - Winant Park
· Map 24 - Silk Farm Audubon Center & Wildlife Sanctuary Trails
· Map 25 - Swope Park Trail only (not including the Carter Hill & WEFT connector trails)
· Map 31 - Swope to Winant Connector Trail
View the Hiking During Hunting Season page for more information and safety tips.
No New Hampshire fall is complete without apple picking. Pick your own apples at Concord’s Carter Hill Orchard and shop for baked goods, cider, and other delectable delights at their Country Store.
NEW ENGLAND HALF MARATHON
October 22 sees the New England Half-Marathon from Gould Hill Farm in Hopkinton to the New Hampshire State House in Concord. Cheer on the runners as they approach the beautiful building that defines the state capitol.
On October 27 at 5:30 p.m., Intown Concord hosts their annual Halloween Howl featuring a costume contest and the return of community trunk or treating. There will also be fun and games, a fun run, and the Foggy Dudes performing.
Halloween is traditionally celebrated in Penacook on October 30 and in Concord on October 31, both from 5-7:30 p.m.