Get Adobe Flash player


Vermont Foliage Color: Click an image

  • Foliage Scene in Holland
  • Foliiage Color cover hill in Glover
  • Rainbow over Seymour Lake in the NEK
  • Halloween roadside display
All Photos by Tim Palmer-Benson


State of Vermont Foliage Report for October 15th, 2014

Vermont’s remaining foliage display is steadily revealing itself in the state’s southern valleys and the Champlain Valley region. While Vermont’s northern and higher elevations are past peak, hikers and leaf-peepers should keep in mind that the views from the trails will be opening and that the understory foliage continues to be bright and beautiful.
Forest, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder reports, “While much of Vermont’s foliage color has passed peak, there are still great viewing opportunities, especially in the south and in much of the Champlain Valley and there are scattered, isolated areas of excellent color in the more sheltered pockets of mountain valleys. Also, community and urban trees often offer wonderful late color in stately old sugar maples that mark town greens and village streets. And remember, even after the leaves fall, there’s another few weeks of beautiful color on the ground to enhance those late fall forest hikes and mountain bike rides.”

- Routes 116, 17, 3, 73, 7, 22A, and 30 in
the broad Lake Champlain Valley west of the
Green Mountains and south from Burlington
to Rutland.
- Routes 140, 30, 3, 7, and 133 west and south
from Rutland.
- Route 5, the Connecticut River Byway,
from White River Junction to Brattleboro
- Route 103 from Proctorsville to Rockingham
- Route 35 from Townshend to Chester
- Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane
- Routes 7 and 7A from Manchester
to Bennington
- Route 313 in Arlington
- Route 30 from Manchester to Ruper


The Northeast Kingdom at Peak September 28th, See more videos like this on Video-Vermont.



(Use the slider to choose a date. Right click to zoom into any area.)

Please note that this is only a general portrayal of fall color on any given date. Foliage color can be as much as a week early or a week late in some locations. Weather and altitude influence peak color. Keep checking the foliage forum for daily eyewitness reports, where to go, when to go and what to see.










Finding the Elusive Peak:
Does it really matter?
(From the Foliage Forum)

Today I was thinking about all my years of foliage travel in Vermont and trying to recall whether or not I had found the “peak” and in what year. First and foremost, it is Mother Nature’s call, but truly a personal and subjective experience as well.

From a flatlander’s point of view, yes, I would say it is very important to me and a highlight of my trip. There is a considerable amount of planning and quite an expense in orchestrating a Vermont fall color tour and I for one, don’t like to be disappointed. I’ll admit it. (Even though I have the advantage of chasing the color all the way down to the Connecticut shore if necessary). Frankly, who doesn’t want to experience nature’s ultimate grand color show? Isn’t that part of what we all hope for when we arrive in Vermont for foliage season? A true Vermont foliage extravaganza? I’ll be the first to acknowledge it’s at the top of my list!

I have found peak in some years. Some years I have not. I have found peak in some parts of the state while not in other sections, all in the same season. Crazy as it may seem, I have even found peak scattered about within the same town or village or in different parts of a single mountain range! Sometimes I hit it and sometimes I don’t!

When I see peak color, my eyes often fill with tears. Pure heart- stopping, breath-taking, jaw-dropping, speechless moments frozen in time. Brilliant dazzling reds, oranges and golds dancing before me as if a kaleidoscope of color has stolen my field of vision.

I have come to the conclusion that, if you do find peak, real or subjective, consider it to be your icing on the cake. After all, you are in Vermont! And what a place to be in the fall!

Some may disagree with my statement, “After all, you are in Vermont”. Many travelers come from afar (even out of the country) and plan months ahead of time to see great fall color in Vermont. This is often their primary focus. Although I am close enough to the state to return at will, I do empathize with folks who come across a “not so great” foliage year or who miss the timing on a “perfectly fabulous” one. It’s happened to me many times and I live right here in New England. I know it can be discouraging. There’s always next year. For those of you Vermonters who have the blessed opportunity to be there when and where it happens, I ENVY YOU!!!

So, what do you do for a backup scenario? Plan ahead! Make an itinerary! Find things to do and don’t obsess over finding the peak! You will lose some of the pleasure of being in the great state of Vermont during the most beautiful season of all!

Hike, bike, horseback ride, visit a country store, take a gondola, tram ride or train excursion, kayak, take a cruise on Lake Champlain, go to a fall foliage festival, stay overnight at a working farm and join in the chores, stop at a farm stand or farmer’s market. The list is endless! And, if you get your “icing on the cake” so to speak, then you have arrived! After all, it’s the big picture that counts!

Enjoy your time in Vermont this fall, and make the best of it! It’s only a few months away! The leaves are waiting for you!

What are your thoughts on finding the elusive peak? How would you describe your “peak foliage” in terms of color?



For the latest eyewitness reports of color progression please view posts from members of our foliage forum






Site creator and Administrator - Timothy Palmer-Benson