A drive around Newfound Lake

With foliage season in full swing here in New Hampshire, I thought I would share a drive with you. While the entire drive is only 42 miles (beginning and ending at exit 23 on Rt-93), there is so much to see and do, you really should take the entire day to enjoy it.

Map and driving directions. This trip is mostly a loop, so you could jump in anywhere along the way.

The Lakes Region is easy to access from Rt-93. Instead of heading to Lake Winnipesaukee, another great day trip, I headed towards Newfound Lake.

I have already toured this area and have provided links to all of towns.

It is worth the short detour to visit Profile Falls on the Bristol/Hill town line…


If you are already hungry, a quick stop at the Bristol Diner can fix that…


As you follow Rt-3A on the eastern side of Newfound Lake, you will pass through the scenic town of Bridgewater


And North Shore Road will lead you into Hebron


As you round the northern end of the lake, another slight detour will take you to Sculptured Rocks Geological Area in Groton


If you haven’t had your fill of adventure for the day, a stop at Wellington State Park is the perfect way to round out your day…


Things you might see along the way…

You can’t go wrong with a drive around Newfound Lake for some leaf peeping!!

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19 Comments on “A drive around Newfound Lake”

  1. marthaschaefer October 12, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    I wonder why it is called Profile Falls? Love the rocks! I think this is your first post without a barn!!

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions October 12, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    I like that waterfall. It’s in the open and easy to see, which most of the ones I visit aren’t.
    I’ve never heard of the sculptured rocks, even though I’ve been to Groton. It looks like a great place to visit.

    • Touring NH October 13, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Both, Profile Falls and Sculptured Rocks, are easy walks from their parking lots. And both have hiking trails to enjoy. I think you’d like visiting them.

  3. Sue Slaght October 13, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    So beautiful! The sculptures rocks are amazing. Your photos are superb as always but that one really intrigues me.

    • Touring NH October 13, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      Thank you. One of the times I was there, I photographed a couple of college kids jumping off the rocks into the deep pools. They were having a blast!

  4. Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom October 17, 2015 at 12:48 am #

    I couldn’t find a video of the tour that the title implies mentioning 42 minutes to drive the 22 miles around the Lake. Is that the right math? As a family, my dad drove around the Lake most summer nights after supper. I realize now that my mother’s having had polio at age 12 affected how we used the Lake. We didn’t swim until we could bicycle there ourselves. When we had our family, I spent summers with the five children across from Profile Falls where the barn and ell have disappeared and left a house standing. Thanks for that photo!

    • Touring NH October 17, 2015 at 12:58 am #

      Sorry for the misunderstanding. The link goes to a map with directions for the route, it isn’t a video tour The 42 miles includes the detours to Profile Falls and Sculptured Rocks (beginning at exit 23 on Rt-93 and ending there) Sorry to hear about your Mom but it seems your parents instilled a love of the lake just the same. I’m glad you have passed that along.

  5. Judy October 17, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Profile falls- a great place to go swimming

  6. Jayne Bennett October 17, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    We would love to see more. Thank you for these pictures. Jayne

  7. Jeff | Planet Bell October 21, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    That top waterfall is cool. It looks like the colors are ready to erupt.

  8. gallivance.net October 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    Truly beautiful, Laura. I’ve been yearning for Fall foliage, but it’s been so warm in the Balkans I didn’t have any luck. Thanks for fixing my craving. 🙂 Btw, are foxes a common sight? ~Terri

    • Touring NH October 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

      The fox kits were quite a surprise. I watched the two of them play/hunt in the field for over half an hour. They are probably fairly common, but it was a first for me. Glad to give you your foliage fix 🙂

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