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wentworth
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Postby wentworth » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:18 am

great Idea Aspen--Ctyanky and others have mentioned the Toll Roads, and CT has mentioned a few of her favorites--but the more the merrier--We're always looking for off the main roads scenic streets--We have the JIMAPCO map this year lol


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Postby mmvt » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:02 pm

I also think that this is a GREAT idea. Yesterday i started doing a search of all of the roads/drives that PWT has suggested and I am cutting/pasting them into a document. If I get a bit of extra time I will try and post them into this thread - i'm thinking it could save Phil some extra time, but I'm thinking that he secretly enjoying 2 fingered typing :-)

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Please Post Recommended Vermont Routes

Postby Aspen » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:36 pm

Calling Ctyanky, PWT, Andy, Wentworth, Abby, MMVT, Admin, BM and ALL other regulars and NEWCOMERS to post some of your past and present recommended driving routes in Vermont to this thread.
Agree, many have already shared wonderful Vermont driving routes. New viewers may not be aware of them nor know where to find all those wonderful routes that are tucked away and scattered throughout many past forums. Even regulars have to hunt around to retrieve them.
Believe alot of backtracking, hunting and retyping routes will be spared.
Nothing like driving down a beaten path that's recommended by those who have "been there."
Aspen
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Postby From_the_NEK » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:40 pm

Scenic Drive, DRIVING ROUTE - Loop through the central Northeast Kingdom "NEK Central"

Google Directions: http://g.co/maps/te5xt
Google directions without Wheeler Mtn Rd: http://goo.gl/maps/KHFa4
Google Directions without Wheeler Mtn Rd but with all optional offshoots (May Pond, Lake Willoughby South Beach, Island Pond, Burke Mtn Toll Road): https://goo.gl/maps/C54KRpQ1Ab82

Living in the Northeast Kingdom, I could go on for ever about the various routes that provide great foliage viewing. Here is one of my favorites.

Note: This route is rather complex and involves quite a bit of gravel road driving (which in my opinion is where the best viewing is found). However, if you're up for trying it, I think you'll find it much better than traveling through the valleys of the NEK which is where the major paved roads keep you.

Distance: 60 miles
Driving Time: 2 hrs 15 minutes (obviously longer if you stop to take pictures :D )
Recommended time frame: Late September - 1st week of October

Starting point:
Lyndonville - Colonnade Inn parking lot (off exit 23 of I-91)

Take a right out of the parking lot onto the Back Center Rd (as you proceed along this road there are very nice views toward town with Burke Mtn as a backdrop, and there is also a horse ranch as well).

At the stop sign, continue straight through the intersection onto Center St (you will pass through the campus of Lyndon Institute, a semi-private high school that may have a football game in progress). You will then pass through the Miller's Run covered bridge before intersecting with VT122.

Turn left at the stop sign onto VT122 and IMMEDIATELY turn right onto Lower Pudding Hill Rd (there are a lot of good views to the East toward Burke Mtn along this road.
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<Optional detour>: Immediately after the airport, turn left on Airport Rd and then right on Old Coach Rd, a dead end side road off of Pudding Hill Rd 1.5 mile long detour with views like this -
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And this -
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Back on Pudding Hill Rd, at the top of the hill {3.5 miles} there are outstanding views toward Burke and to the south down the Passumpsic River valley.


Continue on another .4 miles to a grand vista northwest to Willoughby Gap, north to hilltop farms, east to Burke Mtn.

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Just down the hill from the northerly vista, turn left onto S Ridge Rd. Bear right onto Wheelock Rd and follow it into "downtown" Sutton (keep an eye out for nice little white church). At the Fire Station, turn left onto Underpass Rd Shortly after starting up the hill, look for the cemetery on the right:
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Continue on Underpass Rd until it ends at US Route 5.

Turn left on US RT5.

Option:
Travel 1.6 miles and turn right on Wheeler Mtn Rd.
Wheeler Mtn Rd provides you with a great secluded pond and access to a great hike (Wheeler Mtn) if you wish to do so. South view from Wheeler Mtn in 2007:
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[NOTE: This is a rather rough road in spots. You may want to bypass this by continuing on Route 5 to Barton.


If bypassing Wheeler Mtn, continue to Barton and turn right on VT16 (Eastern Av). This will bring you past the north end of Crystal Lake. May Pond is a nice side trip off this option as well.]

Turn Right on Cook Rd and then turn onto Peene Hill Rd.
This will take you to the North Beach of Lake Willoughby.

Bear right onto N Beach Rd (VT16). This brings you to the North Beach of Lake Willoughby.
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Bear right onto Route 5A for 1 mile. {Option: Follow Route 5A to the south end of Lake Willoughby for more great views, then go back north to Hinton Hill Rd}
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Turn Left onto Hinton Hill Rd. If it is a very clear day, at 1.6 miles up the hill, keep an eye out behind you for an amazing view stretching Southwest to Mt Mansfield and Camels Hump. Bear left to stay on Hinton Hill Rd.

Bear Left onto Westmore Rd for 1.2 miles

Turn Right on Hudson Rd for .3 miles

Turn Right on VT105 for 3.2 miles
(Option: stay on 105 for a couple of miles if you want to go to Island Pond. Return to the main route the way you came.).

Turn Right on VT114 for .75 miles

Turn Right on Newark Rd. This will become Abbott Hill Rd and then Newark St. Look for the Jobs Pond turn off on the right 3.25 miles up the road.

11 miles after turning onto Newark Rd, turn left onto Sugarhouse Rd where you will immediately be in the middle of a sugarbush.
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Continue for 2.1 miles and bear left onto Burke Hollow Rd for .65 miles.

Turn Right onto Darling Hill Rd (at the top of the hill) for 5.6 miles. You will pass several attractive Inns and farms along this very scenic ridgeline.
(option: Burke Mtn Toll Road ($5 per car). After a couple of miles on Darling Hill Rd, keep your eye out for East Darling Hill Rd on your left. Take this down the hill into East Burke Village and head up toward Burke Mtn. Return to the main route on Darling Hill the way you came.).

Turn Right onto VT114 for .5 miles

Turn Left at the light onto US Route 5 for 2 miles. Keep an eye out on your right for the park in the middle of town. This can have good foliage later in the season if the hills are already past. Arrive at your starting point, the Colonnade Inn, is on your right.


Please note there are so many options off of this route it is hard to list them all. The Burke Mtn Toll Rd provides outstanding views across northern Vermont and New Hampshire from the fire tower. The road is paved to the the summit and the fire tower is a .2 mile walk from the parking lot. This is recommended if the morning is very foggy. Often an early morning drive up the toll road can get you up above the low level fog for some beautiful views.

Edited: 8/20/10 fixed picture link and updated Burke Mtn toll road price
Edited: 9/27/11 for revised content and photos
Edit: 9/11/13 for content and added Google direction that route around Wheeler Mtn Rd
Edited: 8/17/16 for revised content and photos
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Woodstock area-Cloudland Road

Postby mmvt » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:41 pm

this is a cut and paste from a previous post (PWT, I think - apologies if I'm wrong)
Cloudland Road

The Cloudland Road is a great ride all by itself. This is low hill country with lots of hilltop farms. Lots of open fields with long views. To find the Cloudland Road, drive route 12 north out of Woodstock to the River Road, next to the Billing's Farm Museum, and turn right onto the River Road. Drive that until you come to the Cloudland Road on the left side.
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Rutland to Stowe

Postby mmvt » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:44 pm

(from a previous PWT post)
Rutland-Stowe
Okay, take route US 7 south from Rutland to route 103 and turn left onto route 103. Drive route 103 all the way to through Chester, Rockingham and into Bellows Falls village. At the south end of the village look for route 121. Drive route 121 to Grafton and wander around. Look for the Townshend Road while you wander. Take the Townshend Road about a mile for the cheese factory. Go back to Grafton Village and turn left to continue route 121 to route 11. Turn left at route 11 and drive that into Londonderry where you will see route 100 north on your right. Turn right onto route 100 north. Drive route 100 north to Weston and Stowe.

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Burlington area foliage ride

Postby mmvt » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:45 pm

Burlington area Burlington ‘loop’ (from PWT)
I've had good luck in the lower Champlain Valley area at that time of the year. Route 116 from South Burlington to Hinesburg is only so-so because it is heavily populated, but below Hinesburg it's a great ride. I like routes 30, 73, and 74 for the ride and they have good color. A good "foliage loop" would be route 116 south to the end on route US 7 in East Middlebury and then turn left onto route US 7 south. Drive route US 7 south through Rutland City to the route US 4 west interchange just south of the city. Drive route US 4 west to exit 4 and get off there and turn right onto route 30 north and drive that to the end in Middlebury. From there take route US 7 north back to Burlington

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Forest Roads

Postby mmvt » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:50 pm

Forest Roads (from PWT)Forest Roads

Here are some of my favorites;
West Hill Road/NFR 55;
This is a short wooded ride with a couple of long views. It starts as the West Hill Rd off route 100 in Granville, right behind the Blue Moose Corners glass blowing studio. Drive the West Hill Rd for about a mile and look for a road on the left with a gate. Turn left onto this road and you are on NFR 55. The long views are on the first 2 side roads on the right and near the end of this road. The stream beside the road is swift and rocky, so there are lots of rapids and a few small water falls for those folks who like to photograph them.
The Bingo Road/NFR 42;
This road starts off Route 73 in Rochester. It starts off a very sharp corner about 3 mile from route 100. This road does not have long views, but it does have good color. It does have one long side road on the right and the stream is similar to the one on NFR 55 in Granville.
The Texas Falls Road;
This road starts off route 125 in Hancock. It was washed out last fall and I'm not sure if it has been repaired yet. This is a short road with good color, another swift rocky stream, and a long view at the end. And of course, the Falls.
Goshen-Ripton Road AKA Mooselamoo Road;
This road starts off route 125 in Ripton. It has good color and some long views(especially off the Mooselamoo Campground Road)

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Rutland to Pawlett

Postby pwt54 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:23 pm

A favorite ride of mine is route 133 south from West Rutland to the end at route 30 in Pawlet. Turn right onto route 30 north and drive that to Poultney. There I pick up route 140 east and drive that to the end at route 103 in East Wallingford. Great roads and good color. Right now the leaf-peepers have not discovered these road, so traffic will be light.

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Middlebury Gap and back via Brandon Gap

Postby Aspen » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:59 pm

From Scenic Route 100 in Hancock,
turn onto Route 125 West (Middlebury Gap)
Drive the entire Middlebury Gap to Middlebury
Return to Route 100 via Brandon Gap which is Route 73

Scenes to watch for on the Middlebury Gap are:
Texas Falls (stop to see if reopened following maintenance due to storm damage)
Bread Loaf Inn (beautiful yellow buildings)
Turnoff onto dirt road to Robert Frost Cabin
Robert Frost Wayside picnic area
Awesome mountain views

Note: There are 4 beautiful gaps
to loop from Scenic Route 100 and back!

Enjoy a drive down one gap and return via a different gap.

Middlebury Gap (Route 125)
Brandon Gap (Route 73)
Appalachian Gap (Route 17)
Lincoln Gap (not suitable for trailers and RVs)

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Postby Andy » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:09 pm

Aspen wrote:Calling Ctyanky, PWT, Andy, Wentworth, Abby, MMVT, Admin, BM and ALL other regulars and NEWCOMERS to post some of your past and present recommended driving routes in Vermont to this thread.
Agree, many have already shared wonderful Vermont driving routes. New .....


Maybe its time to set up a permanent "Sticky" thread that just has "PWT" style loops?

Edit: O.K. - I made it "sticky."

For those who already posted a route(s), If you didn't do so, please go back, hit the edit button and put a Subject Line in that tells the general area the loop covers. Thanks. :)
Andy

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Postby wentworth » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:44 pm

NEK, love hat top picture of yours--Rt.108 just north of Stowe thru Smugglers Notch is a must for Newcomers--and the Stowe Toll Rd is just off 108, to the west---Googled LINCOLN GAP and it said DeathRide lol, so we'll definitely hit that one, off Rt.100 in Warren,to the west to Lincoln
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Re: Woodstock area-Cloudland Road

Postby wentworth » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:51 pm

mmvt wrote:this is a cut and paste from a previous post (PWT, I think - apologies if I'm wrong)
Cloudland Road

The Cloudland Road is a great ride all by itself. This is low hill country with lots of hilltop farms. Lots of open fields with long views. To find the Cloudland Road, drive route 12 north out of Woodstock to the River Road, next to the Billing's Farm Museum, and turn right onto the River Road. Drive that until you come to the Cloudland Road on the left side.
--thanks mmvt, that's near Pomfret--We're going to hit that one also

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Postby Monna » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:59 pm

Thank you all for pronominal forum info ya guys have here, the info ya guys provide is priceless, I/m looking forward to my trip next week, and I'll definably post back with all the pictures:)

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Postby pwt54 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:16 am

The Northeast Kingdom is progressing nicely. Route 100 between Hyde Park and Lowell will have the best color. Reports on the radio say the colors in the highlands around Glover and Barton are looking good.



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