Fall Foliage Walk

A couple of  weekends ago, our friend Sarah was visiting and we headed down the road to The Rocks Estate for a fall foliage walk in Bethlehem, NH.  The Rocks Estate is owned by The Society for the Protection of NH Forests and this particular property is mainly a Christmas Tree Farm.  We’ve hiked here before, read about it here: On The Go-zzo.

The Michael A. Gozzo Memorial Trail.

The Michael A. Gozzo Memorial Trail.

After we parked we checked out some interpretive information inside a small cabin where you can find a short historical video and lots of pictures.  We grabbed a map and headed up the Gozzo Trail. There was plenty of color in the trees and lots starting to fall on the ground.  We entertained Alden by looking and collecting the best leaves.

Andrew and Alden head up the trail.

Andrew and Alden head up the trail.

Andrew and Sarah leading the way down the Gozzo Trail.

Andrew and Sarah leading the way down the Gozzo Trail.

We followed the trail down to the Maple Barn and took a quick tour inside.  Andrew hoped we’d find free maple syrup samples, but no such luck.  We will have to come here during their NH Maple Experience event next year.  Despite the beautiful foliage this weekend, there were very few other people here.  The temperatures were a little chilly, so perhaps people were opting for foliage drives instead of foliage hikes.

Lindsay and Alden stop for a quick picture.

Lindsay and Alden stop for a quick picture.

The maple barn at The Rocks Estate.

The maple barn at The Rocks Estate.

We quickly made our way to the powerline and then down to the bridge.  From this point the trail continues on, toward the back of the property where Andrew and Lindsay had hiked and blogged a few years ago (On the Go-zzo).  So we turned around and walked down to the beaver pond.

The foliage from the powerline.

The foliage from the powerline.

Lindsay, Alden, Sarah, and the Turtle enjoying the fresh air.

Lindsay, Alden, Sarah, and the Turtle enjoying the fresh air.

It started to rain a little so we put up Alden's rain cover.

It started to rain a little so we put up Alden’s rain cover.

The beaver pond.

The beaver pond.

We found this area of the woods covered in horsetails.

We found this area of the woods covered in horsetails.

On the way back to the car we stopped at a building that used to be an old schoolhouse and barn.  Then we explored the bee keepers pavilion and old swimming pool area.

Stepping out of the woods toward the Christmas Tree Farm area of The Rocks Estate.

Stepping out of the woods toward the Christmas Tree Farm area of The Rocks Estate.

Happy fall everyone!

Andrew and Sarah walking in the yellow tunnel.

Andrew and Sarah walking in the yellow tunnel.

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