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October 12, 2017

After Delay, Fall Foliage Colors Emerge in Vermont

After a lengthy warm spell which left Vermont experiencing well above-average temperatures for multiple stretches over the past month - including a record heat wave in late September - recent cooler temperatures mixed with periods of rain have helped trigger colorful fall foliage conditions across many areas of the state.

This past week, Vermont has seen a widespread emergence of vibrancy in many of its trees and forests.

Some of the regions that are recommended for leaf peepers right now include the foothills of the Green Mountains, especially in Washington and Lamoille counties, and western parts of Chittenden and Addison counties. The Champlain Valley, along with Franklin and Bennington counties are still progressing towards peak foliage conditions.

"As of last week, there were still large volumes of very green leaves," said Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder. "But quite literally, after just a couple of days, and in some cases, after just several hours, the foliage just popped. Once again, we learned to trust the trees and it has been worth the wait."

The late start for the onset of peak foliage conditions for many parts of Vermont means that superb viewing conditions should now last further into October than in previous years.

Those who are interested can subscribe to receive weekly foliage reports from the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing during the fall months at

Media Contact: Philip Tortora, Communications Director, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, (802) 522-7323,

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: October 12, 2017 09:00:58