Foliage is nearing peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations across the state. Vibrant foliage will continue to develop around Vermont, and most areas of the state will be displaying multiple stages of colorful foliage throughout the week. The foliage progression will continue to unfold around Vermont over the next several days and as we approach peak color, the views will only get better. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout the state!
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.
For more info on current conditions, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 … and tell them Vermont.com sent you!
FOLIAGE REPORTS FROM AROUND THE STATE
"After another gorgeous week here in Stowe, Vermont, post the Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin Festival, we are in full fall mode. New fall menus, fall photo contents, and mums galore. Right now the best views for leaf peeping are found up high. A hike, mountain bike or gondola ride will get you right in the center of it all, as the leafs are really popping up high. See photos from our weekend hike up to Stowe Pinnacle, it’s going to be a great show this fall in Stowe, Vermont!"
"Foliage color at Smugglers' Notch Resort is in full swing! Cooler temps at night and some recent rains have allowed trees to bloom with robust colors. Whether passing through the historic and twisty Notch Road or staying with us for a visit, you won't be disappointed with these views! Photographers love the perspectives from Smugglers' own Bootleggers' Basin, or from higher up on the mountainsides. Stop in and ask one of our Guest Services team members if you're looking for suggestions on the best color in the area! AppleFest runs now through this Sunday, with tastings, tours to local orchards, and apple-themed activities! #smuggslove"
"Beauty at Sterling Ridge Resort with Vermont's highest peak, Mt. Mansfield. Photo by Olivia Wells. This weekend, visit and check out the Annual 'Old Fashion Harvest Market' in Underhill on Saturday 9/28 or watch pumpkins fly at the 11th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival in Stowe."
"Colors are starting to pop around here with peak expected in the next week or so. The Burke Fall Festival is this Saturday and offers a full day of fun starting at 10am with the parade. Over 80 craft vendors will be selling their wares on the green. More info at our website."
"The fall colors are really finally starting to come out here in Burlington! Although we had a rather warm weekend, things have begun to cool off again, and we finally got a bit of rain yesterday. Although most trees are still pretty green, now everywhere you look color is starting to pop out in the leaves. The maples are especially pretty, as they're all beginning to turn red and orange."
— Shea Lincourt, Burlington, VT
"Moose on the loose! Last night during dinner Red Clover Inn & Restaurant guests were treated to a moose ambling by the dining room and checking out the pond. Our tucked-away location just off Route 4 in the heart of the Killington Valley gives us the chance to see some pretty special wildlife, and seeing a moose is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Maybe he stopped by to see if anyone was sharing s'mores at the fire pit?"
"Hello all! Patty McGrath from the Inn at Long Trail in Killington here. It is looking to be a spectacular Fall with the leaves starting to pop all over the Killington region with reds and oranges taking the forefront.
This weekend Killington is hosting its annual Brewfest, McGrath's Irish Pub is hosting the Brothers Flynn with an array of excellent live Irish music. Hiking, mountain biking and golf all offer a great opportunity to have fun and get spectacular views. The weather is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds, with very few sprinkles. Visit our website or call for our lodging specials this weekend."
"The weekend was warm & sunny, and I had a great time at the Peru Fair on Saturday! It's an annual tradition that I try never to miss, and my daughter loves the pony rides. In contrast, this morning was really chilly in Londonderry, VT (36F). These warm days and cool nights/mornings are perfect for the development of beautiful vibrant fall foliage in Vermont. I've heard that the Northern parts of the state should be close to peak colors by this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next few days hold for us!"
"As temperatures continue to yo-yo, the magnificent colors remain constant. Each morning passing the 'Welcome to Stratton' sign, the corners of my mouth point up, taking in the rich colors unfolding over the golf course and stretching up to the top of southern Vermont’s highest peak. Drawing ever closer to peak foliage, it’s hard to imagine that we aren’t there already. Yellows are coming into their own, complementing the reds and oranges lining the village, or sprinkled amongst brand new thoughtfully crafted mountain bike trails.
With Harvest fest on the horizon, the first weekend of October will be best spent strolling through the village taking in the foliage, or getting a birdseye view on a scenic gondola ride. However you decided to peep, do not delay, these trees are ready for viewing."
"This autumnal season is colorful and fruitful! The trees are aglow with bright yellows, oranges, yellows and purples. The evenings are getting nippy enough to warrant wearing a sweater or light jacket. Apple season is going strong through October with varieties of the crisp fruit at the local orchards waiting for you to pick right off the trees. Harvest your own pumpkins for Halloween Jack 'O' Lanterns and Thanksgiving pies. Fall is celebrated at the Manchester View with the impressive seasonal landscape that includes many seasonal flowers, hardy plants, and pumpkins.
After dinner at one of the many delicious local eateries, watch the sunset on the deck outside your room. Then, sleep restfully on our comfortable king or queen beds. The Manchester View offers 36 rooms and suites, many with gas or wood-burning fireplaces. These accommodations are especially coveted during leaf-peeping and ski seasons.
Wake up refreshed, join us for breakfast and then head out for local and outlet shopping in town, a hike on the trails to the Pond Loop on the Equinox Preserve, or take a winding drive on Route 7A through Manchester Village, stopping in Arlington to see and drive over the historic Green Covered Bridge off Route 313. Go back to 7A and head south stopping on the way at the Sugar Shack for local products and mementos. Continue on through Shaftsbury to Bennington. Visit Bennington Museum, the Bennington Monument, and Camelot Village.
We, at the Manchester View, hope you can make the trip to southern Vermont. If you do, make 'The View' your home-away-from-home in Vermont!"
"Another beautiful weekend, perfect for viewing the color up on the mountain in Woodford. We picked some apples, walked the dog, and generally enjoyed being outdoors. We know it won’t last much longer so want to take advantage of great weather and beautiful vistas while we have it."
— Linda Warner, Woodford, VT
"The colors are changing early and swiftly! Looks like we're going to get some beautiful reds and yellows. As for now, they're still on a backdrop of green and it's just splendid!
Every Friday evening there's a fantastic Farmers Market in Ludlow — a great place to grab some wood fired pizza for dinner and also some snacks for a Saturday hike! Hiking the trails on Okemo or Ascutney at this time of year is stunning!"
"Vermont's fall foliage season is still in the early stages, but there are already localized pockets of excellent color all throughout the state, especially in forested wetlands.
Best bets for fantastic early color: Route 9 from Bennington to Woodford in southern Vermont (Molly Stark Byway) and Route 5 between Coventry and Newport City in the northern part of the state.
Vibrant reds and oranges are also beginning to shine on individual street and yard trees. Keep an eye out for these full-bodied maples displaying standalone color in village greens and along rural roadsides. With continuing mild, summer-like weather this week, color is still developing gradually across Vermont, but the Northeast Kingdom and the upper elevations along the Green Mountains foliage is well into mid-peak conditions.
As classic fall weather brings more crisp, cool nights, bright, sunny days and the occasional shower over the next few weeks, the landscape is primed, and the pace of color change will quicken as we head toward full color and intensity in the weeks ahead. The pleasant temperatures and inviting weather forecast this weekend make for perfect foliage viewing while exploring Vermont's back roads by bike or from the water while paddling or fishing at one of our state parks."
Beyond leaf peeping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Vermont's mountains, meadows and villages during the fall. Discover Vermont Fall Festivals and other fun things to do in Vermont with our Vermont.com Calendar of Events. Don't see your event? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.