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Fall Foliage Report

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

It’s almost always true that the pleasures of fall in Vermont are best enjoyed outside, and this is especially good advice for experiencing the headlining pleasure of fall in the Green Mountains. The best way to spot the burgeoning signs of foliage in our forests is to get out into them. Views from both the road and the trail will reveal hillsides still predominantly coated in green, though the rich greens of summer have yielded to quieter shades with abounding hints of other fall colors rising.

In particular the yellows, overshadowed by bolder hues for much of foliage season, are gradually emerging as species like ash, cherry, and birch begin to turn. Individual trees—sometimes even just individual branches on otherwise yet-un-noteworthy trees—are also beginning to bare complementary oranges and reds. If you’re leaf-peeping on foot, look for prominent old pasture maples with damaged crowns or branches—easy to spot, even if you’re looking down, by the colorful leaves that have already fallen around the tree.

These murmurs of color are most noticeable in the northeast, where cooler air tend to accelerate foliage conditions earlier in the season than in other parts of the state.


Best Bets (North to South):

– The Northeast Kingdom Byway between St. Johnsbury and Newport along Vermont Route 5A should provide for some prime viewing of the seasonal colors. Mountain bikers can stop at Kingdom Trails in East Burke for some of the top riding in the country. Burke Mountain, with its Hotel & Conference Center, is another beautiful destination to enjoy natural scenery.

– The ride between Montpelier and Danville along U.S. Route 2 comes alive this time of year. While there, veer off to the Owl’s Head Trail at Groton State Forest, where a light hike on the trail will yield some unbelievable vantage points above Lake Groton, Kettle Pond and sweeping vistas of colorful maple trees. While in the area, visit the Great Vermont Corn Maze in West Danville.

– Take Vermont Route 242 between Montgomery Center and Jay, and make a stop at Jay Peak Resort - home to numerous outdoor activities and the Pump House Indoor Waterpark. After winding through Jay, follow the drive south on Vermont Route 101 to Troy for a relaxing spin through some wonderful fall scenery.


 

See some early color in the 360 degree panoramas near Morgan, in northern Vermont. Link to panoramas showing early foliage color

Panoramas produced by Vermont360.com

(Click in the panoramas to move aorund up and down and side ot side!)

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