October 21, 2010
Clusters of bright maples can still be found in lower elevations around Vermont as the state’s foliage season comes to a close.
Colorful foliage remains evident in lower elevation valleys, especially in town and village centers in western and southern sections of Vermont. Also, look for lemony stands of aspen on Routes 2 and 4, and watch for oaks turning in the Taconic Mountains and north.
A different perspective on the season can also be enjoyed from the mountainsides. Although leaf drop from the canopy grays the panorama of the hillsides and mountains, any late autumn walk through the woods opens the views and provides a rustling carpet of still colorful foliage.
According to state foresters, river and lake valleys and lower elevations will offer the best remaining color in late October. While this will be the last formal report of the year, we encourage you to take advantage of this year’s beautiful fall colors and see the closing act of the 2010 foliage season.
Best Bets: Route 2 from Richmond to Burlington is showing pockets of bright color, as is Route 7 from Burlington to Charlotte. Also recommended are Route 2 through the Champlain Islands, and Route 78 from Alburgh Center to Highgate.
In Addison and Rutland Counties, colorful foliage can be found on Route 7 from Middlebury to Rutland, Route 22A between Vergennes and Fair Haven, Route 4 between Fair Haven and Rutland, and Route 4A from Fair Haven to West Rutland. Also try Route 3 from Pittsford to West Rutland, Route 30 from Poultney to Cornwall, Route 74 from Middlebury to Lake Champlain, and Route 73 from Brandon to Shoreham.
In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Routes 7A and 7 from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 153 between Rupert and Wells, Route 315 near Rupert, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane.
Look for the first report on next year’s foliage season in September 2011. For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com.
Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: October 21, 2010 11:55:57