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2018 foliage season is on the way!

by Linda Warner

September 13, 2018

Although we are a week away from the official start of fall, fall is definitely in the air here in Vermont. The days are getting shorter, the nights are delightfully cool, and the leaves are beginning their annual transformation. Here’s what our Leaf Squad is reporting form around the state.

If you can’t wait to see nature’s magnificent display, head to our Autumn Photo Gallery for a glimpse into years past. And, remember – it’s never too early to plan a fall vacation. Fall is also Festival season in Vermont so there’s lots to do while soaking in the beauty around you.


The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our Leaf Squad from around the state.

For more info on current conditions, call Vermont’s Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 … and tell them sent you!


“Photo attached with splashes of color along Long Pond Road in Westmore. Colors are starting to slowly appear amidst the bright green leaves. This Saturday is the Colors of the Kingdom Festival in St. Johnsbury with a parade, vendors, planetarium shows, a bluegrass festival and train rides. Also, this weekend, Burke Mountain and Victory Hill host the Clif Enduro East finals.”

— Laura Malieswski, Burke Area Chamber of CommerceBurke, VT


“Found a couple of maples showing some red. Trails around the property are the perfect place to view the amazing Vermont fall colors. Upcoming fall events in the area: British Invasion in Stowe and the Northeast Street Nationals in Essex Junction.”

— Jessica Bonath, Sterling Ridge Resort, Jeffersonville, VT


“There was only a slight change in the foliage at Common Ground Center from last week. Unfortunately, the sky today is dark and gray so the colors don’t show well, but there are a few more trees that are starting to change color.”

— Christa Finnern, Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT


“Early fall is lush this week, with plenty of mid-week rain in the Killington Valley to freshen us up for a weekend of great weather to come. While higher elevations are beginning to show spots of color, the trees in the backyard of the Red Clover Inn & Restaurant are hanging on to summer, with plenty of green around our gazebo, outdoor hot tub, fire pit, and apple tree. Enjoy early fall in the Killington Valley and stop in for seasonal dining specials, including a Monday night chef’s tasting menu or Thursday night live jazz.”

— Vicky Tebbetts, Red Clover Inn,  Mendon, VT


“Here in Woodford, we haven’t seem much progression of color from last week. From past experience I would predict we are two to three weeks from peak. Not really sure what effect the very hot summer will have on timing. Just have to wait and see. Still, hints of things to come are beginning to show. This photo shows the state of color now.”

— Linda Warner, Vermont.comWoodford, VT


While you’re enjoying the fall foliage, plan to take in one of Vermont’s many Fall Festivals.  For comprehensive listing, refer to our Fall Festivals page.


The “Current Conditions” map provides an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont, based on the reports we receive.

Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas of the Green Mountains, spreading down into the Lake Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, and moving from north to south across the state. The exact timing of the color change varies from year to year, based on the weather.


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