Mother Nature seems to have checked the calendar and realized she was running late. We're getting reports from all over that the foliage is finally peaking. Check out the reports below. And, don't forget to check the Fall Festivals page and the Calendar of Events for some very special events while you're visiting Vermont.
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 "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.
The "Foliage Forecaster" map shows where and when the colors typically change in Vermont during a normal foliage season. Please note that this is only an approximation based on typical foliage color progression.
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The Vermont.com Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our Leaf Squad from around the state. You can send us YOUR report with a photo of the location you are reporting from, and the date of when the photo was taken.
For more info on current conditions, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 ... and tell them Vermont.com sent you!
Foliage is exploding in Stowe. Peak foliage around Mt. Mansfield has spread to lower elevations. Oranges, browns and yellow hues are prevalent, though leaf peepers will find bright reds around town.
October 12, 2017
Color has finally made its appearance. However, some of the leaves are falling as quickly as they turn.
-- Emet Koffman, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Things got better up here in the last week and it's now peak. Pics attached from Lake Willoughby.
With the beautiful weather and the temperatures starting to dip down, we are seeing the golden yellows, brilliant reds and the crisp burnt oranges on the trees in and around the Jeffersonville area. (Photo by Laura Gibson)
The sun has come out and the colors are wonderful in Proctorsville and Cavendish. Just 15 minutes from Golden Stage Inn, the North Springfield Dam just off Route 106 has easy hiking trails that offer wonderful views of the foliage near and far.
The vibrant colors can be blink-and-you-miss-it if a strong breeze comes through. We have a few trees across property putting on a show, especially at the entrance by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. More common though, are the muted reds and yellows that are spreading across the Adirondacks and turning the Green Mountains warm. Most of the apples have been shaken out of the trees, on their way to next year's cider crop or squirreled away by furry friends.
It finally looks like fall here at Marlboro College. Beautiful! Especially on a perfect fall day as this.
-- Sarah Warner, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
A wave of stunning colors swept over Stratton this past week, leaving a vivid imprint of bright red, orange and yellow hues across the leaves surrounding us. Now is the perfect time to hike the mountain or take a relaxing drive around the area to witness this magnificent transformation. Fall is finally here at southern Vermont's highest peak, which means winter is just around the corner.
Color here in Woodford has really taken off in the last week. Up here on top of the mountain we may have hit peak over the weekend. It's still very beautiful, however. We're looking forward to some sunny days when we can get outside and enjoy.
-- Linda Warner, Vermont.com
Now that color has started to peak in southern Vermont, the Manchester View vista is brilliant! Our in-room gas and wood-burning fireplaces are now available for our guests' to cozy up by at night. It is still a bit warm for autumn, so walking in town is comfortable during the day, and evening dining is still available outside at some local dining establishments. Our fall decorating is in full-swing with colorful mums and other plants, as well as pumpkins and scarecrows. As the leaves put on quite a show, pumpkins are ripe for the picking at the local Pumpkin Patch!
While you're enjoying the fall foliage, plan to take in one of Vermont's many Fall Festivals. You'll find events that celebrate everything from Roktoberfest (10/14) to ITVFest in Manchester (10/11-15). For comprehensive listing, refer to our Fall Festivals page.
Best Bets: During the earliest part of foliage season, viewing is more about elevation than location. Your best chances for spotting color are to 'get high' or 'get low.' Higher elevations with panoramic views will allow you to spot smatterings of color in the valleys below. Alternatively, you can 'get low' - marshy areas near bodies of water typically offer the first areas of foliage change and also offer a wide variety of tree species which enlarges the palette of early season colors.
Helpful Tip: Plan Ahead!
Foliage season is a very popular time to visit Vermont, so if you want to stay in a particular place on a particular weekend, call in advance to make sure rooms are available. Having your lodging plans made in advance will avoid unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy your foliage season odyssey. Also too, it is a good idea to make dining reservations as early as possible in the day or even the night before.
When To Come For 'Peak' Foliage:
There is no one 'perfect' time to visit Vermont to see peak foliage. Color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season. As such, there are many 'peaks' so that you can make your plans based on the timing and location that works for you.
Science Behind the Leaves Changing Colors:
During the short summer months, broad-leafed trees such as maples, oaks and birches produce food to nourish themselves for growth. They do this through a process known as photosynthesis, using the energy of the sun to produce food. As the days grow shorter in early fall, the increasing periods of darkness trigger leafy plants to slow down photosynthesis and stop growing. A pigment in the leaves called chlorophyll (which gives leaves their green color) is used in photosynthesis, so the slowing of this process means there is less green pigment. But leaves contain pigments other than green, called carotenoids and anthocyanins. Once the greens fade, carotenoids are revealed (yellow, orange, and brown colors), anthocyanins and are produced (red and purple colors).
Certain colors are characteristic of particular plant species. Red maples live up to their name by turning scarlet, while most sugar maples glow a warm orange. Aspen and birches display sunny yellows, while oak and beech leaves turn bronze and gold. Most of Vermont's fall foliage color is provided by red and sugar maples, two resilient tree species that constitute more than 50 percent of our forest's trees. You can find even more details on leaves and their changing colors, courtesy of the US Forest Service: Why Leaves Change Colors
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from photographer Jeff "Foliage" Folger.
from the Vermont Department of Tourism