Vermont: The Best Way to Enjoy the Best Foliage
Autumn is the perfect time to hop in the car and take a drive through the country lanes, winding streets, and scenic byways.
With the backdrop of blue skies and
a myriad of fall colors on the horizon, Vermont is ready for exploration.
Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees of any of the New England states,
a tree with foliage that turns vibrant orange and yellow in the fall. Foliage progresses from the north
to south and from higher elevations to lower elevations. Therefore, the earlier in the season you visit,
the more northerly you want to focus and the later you come, more southerly.
If you want to do more planning
before your arrival, research your trip on www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/fall.asp.
Here you can find suggested drives,
read foliage reports, learn the insider’s tips, and watch the Foliage Forecaster which helps you strategically plan where and when to
visit Vermont based on the natural progression of foliage in a typical year. It is a handy tool if you've never been to Vermont before
or come from an area where foliage doesn't change so dramatically.
Vermont has a number of roads that have stood out for their historic, recreational, and natural wonders.
To jump-start your foliage viewing, try these routes during your travels. All have easy access parking and/or pullouts for photo opportunities or impromptu rest stops.
• Scenic Route 108, the Smuggler’s Notch Road, attracts hikers and rock climbers as it passes through Mansfield State Forest and near the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort.
• Scenic Route 131, Cavendish Road, runs through the town of Cavendish and follows the well-stocked Black River where anglers can be found casting for fish.
• Scenic Route 125, Middlebury Gap Road, is an ideal location to view autumn colors as it passes through the Green Mountain National Forest, a popular camping spot.
• The Lake Champlain Byway offers outstanding views of the state’s largest lake, surrounding Green Mountains and Adirondacks, as well as the area's working landscapes.
• Route 9, the Molly Stark Trail, is named after the wife of New Hampshire's General John Stark who was the victor of the August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington.
• The Connecticut River Scenic Byway is the natural bridge that unites New Hampshire and Vermont for over half of the waterway's 410-mile journey from the Canadian
border to the Atlantic Ocean.