State Foliage report for October 12th, 2016
Vermont's famous landscape has done it again. This past weekend presented fabulous fall foliage throughout the state, prompting a growing wave of favorable reviews from veteran foresters, seasoned observers, and visiting newcomers alike.
Indeed, the colorful foliage display in Vermont has been expansive and particularly vibrant this year.
“All stages of color development -- early, mid, peak, and just past peak -- are present now across Vermont. With cooperating weather and a warming trend in the forecast, this year's fantastic display is not over yet,” said Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder.
Even in regions that are enjoying full peak color right now, there remain many green leaves still yet to turn, particularly on the oaks and aspens. Full leaf drop has not yet begun, with extensive stands of maples and birches still displaying many vibrant colors.
Current reports indicate that several locations are still approaching full peak, including large areas of the Champlain and Connecticut River Valleys. We expect excellent color, vibrancy, and variety to continue through much of October in Vermont, with the upcoming weekend hovering around peak conditions for much of the state.
Best Bets (North to South):
- Northeast Kingdom Byway from St. Johnsbury to Newport and Jay.
- Route 242 from Montgomery to Jay.
- Lake Champlain Islands: Route 2 & local roads.
- Route 302 through Orange, Groton & Ryegate.
- Route 100 through south-central Vermont.
- Route 11 through Chester, Andover and Londonderry.
- Route 9 from Brattleboro to Bennington.