"With plenty of warm weather and sunshine, Vermont’s peaks and valleys are still showing an abundance of green foliage. Hints of fall color are topping the mountains, especially in the Northeast Kingdom, northern Green Mountains, and the highest elevations of Southern Vermont, according to Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder.
In southern areas, state foresters are reporting hints of early color development. Although the mountains are still lush and green, there are hints of yellow and red that will become brighter every day through Vermont’s foliage season.
The hillsides are not yet in full swing, but the cooler nights that are predicted will begin to spur color change in the coming week."
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.
If you can't make it to Vermont this fall, you can find some gorgeous Fall scenery in our Autumn Photo Gallery, thanks to local photographers and visitors to Vermont. But truly, you've got to be here to fully enjoy the leaves. And remember, it's never too early to plan a fall vacation in Vermont!
It's fair season too! Checkout the Vermont Fall Festivals page and our Vermont.com Calendar of Events to find craft fairs, agricultural fairs, food fairs, and local fairs of all types & sizes throughout the state. Don't see the fair you're looking for? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.
Keep checking back here as we continue to gather information from our "Leaf Squad" to report foliage conditions throughout the state!
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. To submit a report for your area, please send it to Foliage@Vermont.com, along with a photo of the location you are reporting from, and the date/time 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!
"It's been beautiful, cool, foggy & serene in the early morning, sunny and in the 70's during the day and down to the 50's & 40's at night, absolutely perfect weather! Color-change is very minimal, but we've seen spots of orange and red here and there!
We are a great central location to enjoy stunning scenery (perfect for amazing foliage photos) on Interstate 91, Interstate 93, Interstate 89, Rte. 5, Rte. 114, and Rte. 302 to Rte. 2! We also have several covered bridges surrounding our beautiful NEK area, we're close to: Maple Grove Farms, Cabot Cheese, Burke Mountain, Kingdom Trails, and so much more!
The Burke Fall Foliage Festival is this Saturday and will be a lot of fun!"
"The foliage in Stowe is rated at 1 out of 4 right now. You can see an orange hue in the hills, but there are still lots of greens. There are pockets of color change in higher elevations with scattered red trees but for the most part, everything is still green. Stowe was rated the #1 Fall Foliage Destination in the US by TripAdvisor, based on the quality and quantity of reviews from millions of users - visit us and find out why for yourself!
Upcoming events include the Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival, Stowe Oktoberfest, Stowe Foliage Arts Festival, Stowe Mountain Bike Club Leaf Blower Fall Classic, the Great Pumpkin & Ghost Festival, and Stowe Restaurant Week."
"The weather this past week has been amazing - Indian summer is here this week. We are starting to see the brilliant reds, yellows and a bit of orange popping - Green is still dominant though! With hiking on our property and off property, zipline canopy tours, horseback riding and more to view the beautiful Vermont fall.
First day of fall is officially Thursday, 9/22.
This weekend, Saturday 9/24 & Sunday 9/25 Underhill holds its Old fashioned Harvest Market.
The Harvest Market kicks off on Saturday with a small-town parade at 9:00 am. Children's games, music, Vermont artisans, and delicious food offer fun for all ages.
The famous Underhill Clutter Barn and town-wide yard sales yield lots of treasures!"
"The weather has been beautiful - cool at night and moderately warm during the day. Leaves are still mostly green with a tinge of colors sprinkled through and the occasional bright burst of orange or red popping out. Upper elevations like Hunger Mt. and Stowe Pinnacle are further along as well as distressed trees in swampy areas. Cooler weather moving in for this weekend ought to hurry things along. Pictured here is the Church next door built by the same brothers who built the Inn in 1826."
"The trees in the Weathersfield and Springfield area have the most color of anywhere I've seen from Bennington to Rutland. The hues are still subdued, but promising."
"Fall colors are just becoming visible at Killington. While the forest canopy is still primarily green, hints of red from early changing maples, and yellows from birches and poplar trees are also working their way into view. While the daytime weather has been fairly moderate, night time temperatures have been visiting the high 40's to low 50's, encouraging color change. Each morning, subtle differences are visible from the previous day.
At the Birch Ridge Inn, we have begun posting our daily fall foliage picture on our blog. You can see the progression of the changing of colors at Killington [on our Innkeepers Blog]."
"Foliage is still in the very early stages here in Duxbury, but with the cool nights we expect to see more color in the next few days.
This week, we have the Waterbury Farmers' Market on Thursday Sept. 15th from 3 to 6 p.m.
There are also farmers' markets in Waitsfield & Montpelier on Saturday mornings from 9 to 1.
We're all about the pumpkin harvest right now, the Mad River Valley Pumpkin Festival is held next weekend, Sept. 24 & 25 at Hartshorn Farm, Route 100, Waitsfield.
And on Sunday Sept. 25, The 8th Annual Vermont Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival will take place in Stowe, VT. See pumpkins launched from a giant trebuchet!
Or, join the Mad Birders and the Friends of the Waterbury Reservoir paddling in search of migrating and resident birds on Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Looking for local art? Sat. Sept. 24, Stowe Foliage Art on Park showcases local artists & artisans alongside specialty food vendors. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m."
"So…things in Grafton are still pretty 'Summer Spectacular' but we are starting to see signs of the approaching Foliage Season. Blushes of red and amber are starting to peek through. The weather has been superb, perfect for biking and hiking.
Thanksgiving will be approaching soon, so start thinking about dinner! We still have rooms and dining available, so don't wait too long. We took a hike yesterday along our bike and ski trails, and it was glorious! Here [is a shot] of our hike ... enjoy, and we hope to see you!"
"Soft color is beginning to fill in around southern Vermont and with the forecast calling for colder temps this weekend, I suspect we will start to see some real change in the colors by this weekend or next week. Today's image was taken on my morning walk in South Londonderry, Vt - swamp maples are always among the first to change and seem to pop even more in cloudy or foggy conditions."
"Colors in southern Vermont are really starting to pop! I've noticed a lot more reds and yellows along the treetops than last week, but don't worry, there's still PLENTY of green that has yet to change!
Over the weekend, I took my daughter to the Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze in Rutland and we had a BLAST! It's a great place to visit, especially for families with young children. They've just opened their pumpkin patch too, so you have plenty of time to get your pumpkins for Halloween!"
A great place to stop while you're Leaf Peeping in Southern Vermont, is the Dutton Berry Farm Stands. Well known for their Vermont grown produce including farmer-grown fruits and vegetables, cider, maple syrup, plants, and other unique local products, the Dutton Berry Farmstands offer a cornucopia of great-tasting Vermont produce and products. Located on Route 11/30 in Manchester, Route 30 in Newfane, and Route 9 in West Brattleboro.
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
"Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England" - Yankee Magazine (2010):
Find more info about Fall Foliage in New England,
from photographer Jeff "Foliage" Folger.
Vermont Department of Tourism