As the kids make their way back to school, resorts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire are making preparations for the upcoming foliage season. Leaf peepers and thrill seekers still have plenty of time to enjoy the mountains as we wait for the snow to fly.
Ghosts and goblins will feel right at home this fall at Cranmore Mountain's Ghoullog. The annual fright fest features over 15,000 square feet of indoor space as well as a mysterious outdoor element and a Haunted Playground. Try the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle zipline at night. The event starts Sept. 26 and takes place Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween (plus Sunday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 22).
Loon Mountain heralds in autumn with the skirl of dozens of bagpipes during the 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, Sept. 18-20. One of the largest Scottish festivals in the country, the Games will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions. Loon Mountain's regular daily schedule also runs through Oct. 12.
The 18th Annual Oktoberfest at Attitash Mountain Resort, Oct. 10-11, will feature live traditional Bavarian music, dancing, Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions, kids' activities, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent. Attitash is open daily through Sept. 12, weekends only through Oct. 12.
In Franconia Notch, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway will continue its daily operations through Oct. 18. An 80-passenger cable car brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under ten minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada.
Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch is open every day through September 7 and then weekends only through Oct. 12. The Wildcat Express Quad takes guests to the 4,000-foot summit where views of the Presidentials await you. The ZipRider sends guests soaring over the ski trails at speeds of up to 40 mph.
Photos: Top -- Heavy athletics are just part of the many events at the NH Highland Games at Loon. (Loon Mountain); Bottom -- Cannon’s aerial tramway takes visitors to NH’s highest lift-accessed point for amazing fall foliage views. (Cannon)