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2022 Foliage Season: Fall Colors are Firing Up!

September 29, 2022

As seasonal cooling continues, colors are firing up, sometimes seemingly brightening overnight as foliage unfolds across Vermont's scenic landscape. The next few days should be stunning in many areas, with the extreme northern parts of the state possibly starting to hit their peak this weekend. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather foliage reports from our "Leaf Squad" for foliage conditions throughout Vermont. This Foliage Reports page is updated once a week, on Thursdays, during the Foliage Season.

If you can't make it to Vermont during this year's Fall Foliage Season, you can find some gorgeous Vermont 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!

-- Vermont.com


The "Current Conditions" map is approximate, based on the reports we receive.

Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas, spreading down into the valleys, and moving from north to south across the state.

'Peak' colors can be found at many different times & places as the season progresses, and the timing varies from year to year, based on the weather.

Current Conditions:

Vermont Foliage Map

Beyond leaf peeping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Vermont’s mountains, meadows and villages during the other seasons. You can find 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.


FOLIAGE REPORTS FROM AROUND 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 when the photo was taken.

To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Vermont.com Blog.


Northern Vermont Map    Central Vermont Map    Southern Vermont Map


NORTHERN VERMONT:

 
September 27, 2022 in Burke, VT
Vermont Fall Foliage in the Area of Burke, VT

"The colors are coming along in and around Burke. This weekend is Oktoberfest at Dirt Church Brewery in East Haven and Burke Mountain is offering scenic chairlift rides. Attached are pics from the area including Lake Willoughby... "

-- Laura Malieswski, Burke Area Chamber of Commerce

 

CENTRAL VERMONT:

 

No Current Reports for Central Vermont

 

SOUTHERN VERMONT:

 
September 28, 2022 in Bondville, VT
Vermont Fall Foliage at Stratton Mountain Resort
Photo: Zachary Gould

"Welcome to foliage season in southern Vermont. After rain showers over the weekend, all of the colors decided it was their time to come out in this week’s sunshine. We’re seeing leaves turn well up to mid mountain, as we approach the peak weeks for Fall colors. The sun is shining and the colors are officially out. To get in the best views, the Stratton Gondola is open for Scenic Lift Rides Friday through Sunday, through Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10. The gondola provides 360 degree views from Stratton’s 3875’ summit as the leaves take on their vibrant colors. Pair that with our annual Brewfest, Chili Cook-Off and an outdoor concert as part of HarvestFest Weekend, and you’re in for a true Vermont Fall experience."

-- Andrew Kimiecik, Stratton Mountain Resort

 
September 24, 2022 in Sunderland, VT
Vermont Fall Foliage at the Manchester View

"Leaf-changing colors are starting to spread here on Route 7A near the Manchester View and north of town. It’s a slow process, yet beautiful to track! This past week rain fell due to Hurricane Fiona coming up the coast from the Caribbean, and days were unseasonably warm. Now fall weather has settled in, with comfortable days and cooler nights. Fireplace season has begun at the Manchester View. Guests who stay in rooms and suites with gas and wood-burning fireplaces get cozy in the evenings. Make plans to come to southern Vermont to peruse the Dorset and Manchester Farmers’ Markets while they’re still outside, and make the rounds of the Fall Open Studio Weekend October 1 & 2."

-- Robin Green, The Manchester View

 

STATEWIDE:

September 26, 2022
Vermont Fall Foliage

"Who doesn’t delight in watching a favorite tree’s leaves change each autumn from green to a palette of red, orange, or yellow? This week, we’re watching the process with pleasure and anticipation as color in most parts of the state remains in early stages but beautiful flashes of color emerge statewide. The foliage display is expanding gradually but reliably, most notably in the northeast part of the state and higher elevations along the Green Mountains, manifesting in faded greens and yellows with occasional standout red or orange trees. While entire hillsides haven’t yet begun to change as one colorful canvas, recent sunshine after a stretch of welcome rain is revealing bronze and crimson hues in the canopy. With anticipated cold nights and a mix of sunny days and continued moderate rain in the forecast, we can expect the season to continue on strong, but remember, conditions can change quickly, perhaps even intensifying by the weekend in many places."

-- Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Forests, Parks & Recreation,
Vermont Department of Tourism

"Commissioner Michael Synder of Forest, Parks, and Recreation, along with his team of foresters throughout the state of Vermont writes this report on a weekly basis to update visitors on the progression of foliage throughout the season. This report is based on scientific data and is provided as a resource as you plan your Vermont vacation. Peak foliage can vary depending on weather conditions."

 

To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Vermont.com Blog.


FOLIAGE TIPS:

Foliage in Vermont 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


Find more info about Fall Foliage in New England,
from photographer Jeff "Foliage" Folger.


Vermont Fall Foliage Season
from the Vermont Department of Tourism


FOLIAGE FORECASTER

Please note: This is only an approximation of typical foliage color progression. The exact timing of the color change varies year to year.

To use this map:
  • Click the << icon to view the season stages color key.
  • You can scroll through the weekly dates at the bottom of the map.

 



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