foliage leaf from 2003Welcome to Foliage-Vermont 2021

Updated October 7th,2021


Fall Foliage Report—Week 5

OCTOBER 14, 2021

This weekly report is from the desk of the Michael Snyder, the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.

While peak color this week will mostly be found in central areas of the state and is coming on strong in Southern Vermont, one of the most noteworthy features of this foliage season continues as beautiful fall color endures across the state. Even northern landscapes predominantly past peak have held on to their leaves. Prolonged mild, summer-like weather and a lack of damaging storms have helped sustain excellent color in localized areas. In short, this year’s graceful patchwork of yellows, oranges, and reds is varied, prolonged, and well worth admiring no matter where you find yourself.

While many aspen trees provided great early color, other standout aspens are now showing up later, displaying classic yellows and golds sprinkled across the hillsides. Similarly, the oaks more prevalent in southern and western regions are just getting started, with deep greens beginning to change to ambers and russets. In areas that have moved past the most concentrated color, lingering red maples continue to radiate.

Early in the season we reported on heightened incidences of damage from insects and pathogens in pockets of the state, and while these did impact leaves in isolated areas, even here the foliage has hardly disappointed. Leaves on many affected trees weren’t lost completely but took on more muted hues of tan, adding a textured backdrop to the brilliant yellow aspen and red maple.


Take in the views from a vista on Mt. Ascutney, accessible via drive to the top or from multiple hiking trails; take advantage of comfortable temperatures and fall color reflected in the water with a day of fishing in Lake Shaftsbury; or in dry weather windows enjoy the leaves from the seat of your mountain bike.

~ Michael Snyder, Commissioner, FPR.


Foliage color display in view from Prospect Rock

Echo Lake overview, October 10th, 2021






Vermont leads the country in the number of people who have been fully vaccinated.

More than eighty-five percent of the state's population has been vaccinated. Even so cases are increasing among the unvaccinated. You can get tested for free at many centers throughout the state and also get vaccinated.

Check out the Vermont Department of Health web site for locations and for the latest announcements.

Foliage Festivals

Some fall festivals are on again after being cancelled throughout Vermont last year. Check out the foliage events pages for the latest updagtes on cancellations and postponements...updated September 12th 2021

Lake Memphremagog, Oct 10th, looking north in Canada . Click here to

go full screen and a slide show of the foliage

Lake Willoughby at peak fall foliage color

As to the will occur as it always has, so if you can make it in late September and early October you will see the color. If you are looking for fall festivals, they may not happen. Here is a link to one of the best foliage scenes we have seen in long time - Lake Willoughby in the Fall. This panorama is available as a 14" x 40" framed print or just as a print. If you want to know price and shipping, contact me

If you want to see a series of panoramas showing how the color unfolds view this series of panoramas from Morgan in the NEK