Fall officially began last week, and it looks like Mother Nature got the memo. In just a matter of days, the sugar maples, birch and beech trees around Loon have really begun to show their colors. As of Thursday, Sept.27, the foliage is about 40% changed, with peak foliage expected during Oktoberfest on Oct.6-7.

Just to give you an idea of how quickly the foliage has changed, here’s a picture of what things looked like during the Highland Games last weekend.

Now, here’s roughly the same view of mountainside on Wednesday.

If you’re free this weekend, you should definitely take the time to come up here and take in the changing colors. People come from all over the world to see New England’s fall foliage, so we’re pretty lucky to have one of the greatest shows on earth happen in our backyard.

If you’re driving up to Loon from the south, you’ll be amazed at the colors. The trees are still mostly green in southern New England, but things really brighten up once you reach the Lincoln-Woodstock area. Once you get here, take a gondola ride to Loon’s summit to get a crazy 360-degree fall panorama, or fly through the forest in our Aerial Forest Adventure Park.

After you explore things here at Loon, take some time to drive the Kancamagus Highway. The foliage along the route is 60-70% changed, with vibrant reds and oranges dominating the landscape. Stop at the 2,855-foot Kancamagus Pass and take a few photos. You’ll be glad you did.

The view from Kancamagus Pass

The Thursday morning view from the office here at Loon.

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