Discover Vermont Fall Foliage

Pretty fall colors on a Vermont dirt road. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.
Crisp oranges and reds pop against blue skies in Andover. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for the best fall foliage views this season? We have gathered some of our favorite routes and trails to get the best photo-worthy shots. Also check out, our safety tips for your “leaf-peeping” fun.

Pretty fall colors on the rolling hills and mountains of our Green Mountain State. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.

Tips for a safe “leaf-peeping” day trip:

  1. Vermont prohibits the use of a handheld device while your vehicle is in motion. So let your passenger take the photos. If you’re going alone, find a safe place to pull completely off the road at the next driveway or pull off spot, and take your photo. The view might be stellar, but unless you’re stopped at an appropriate parking spot, you could become a traffic hazard.
  2. Never stop on the side of the interstate except for emergency.
  3. Observe all speed limits. Speed limits drop to 35 or 25 within village limits.
  4. Don’t travel under the limit while you admire the views. You could create a dangerous situation, as drivers behind you get frustrated. The “Vermont way” is to pull over safely and let them go by. You’ll enjoy your excursion more, too
  5. Avoid sudden braking. The vehicle just behind you could end up in your trunk. Continue ahead and find a safe place to turn around. Your view will still be there when you can park safely.
  6. Believe the wildlife warning signs. Reduce your speed in wildlife zones – 35 mph is not too slow, according to Vt. Fish & Wildlife.
  7. If you encounter wildlife on the road, be patient, slow down and/or stop and wait until it moves off. Don’t try to pass it – it may panic and make the wrong move. Have your camera ready!
  8. Share the road. A lot of cyclists, motorcycles, and joggers may be on the road as well. Vermont law requires you to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing them. Don’t try to pass on a blind curve or blind hill.
  9. Park and stop the engine, don’t idle. We care about our carbon footprint
  10. Don’t park in people’s driveways or trespass on private property, whether it is posted or not. There are plenty of public spaces and trails with views available to all.

Bonus: If you’re looking for a good meal or a souvenir or two to commemorate your trip, check out one of our many local businesses.

 

A foliage and history tour through Shrewsbury, Vt. BY JULIA PURDY

Early autumn road, Shrewsbury. Photo by Julia Purdy.

A loop drive that is easily accessible from Ludlow takes you up into the heart of Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is one of the oldest towns in Vermont, chartered in 1761 by New Hampshire Gov. Benning Wentworth, and it remains one of the unspoiled corners of the state thanks to its relative seclusion, considering how close it is to Rutland, the state’s second largest city.

 

 

Foliage on Mt. Ascutney from Yale Heights BY BRANDY TODT

Mt. Ascutney from Yale Heights. Photo by Brandy Todt.

You’ll start your journey at Downer’s Four Corners General Store, located at 4276 Vt. Route 106, Perkinsville, Vt. Then you’ll end in Windsor, Vt.Explore the rich history of Windsor, birthplace of Vermont, with a self-guided walking tour. Six information markers are placed throughout the community describing 12 locations. A guide is available at the library, 43 State St. or the Welcome Center, 3 Railroad Ave.

 

 

By land or river, a tour of Springfield’s foliage BY KAREN ENGDAHL

Highland Rd vista. Photo by Karen Engdahl.

Located at the junction of the Black and Connecticut Rivers, Springfield offers a wide variety of outdoor options for leaf-peepers, from a leisurely Sunday drive through historic districts to an active weekend of kayaking, biking, and hiking. Arrive in Springfield from Exit 7 on I-91 and take your pick from the following list, or combine them all for a great weekend of beautiful foliage and family-friendly outdoor activity.

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