It is on. Vermont's annual fall foliage show has begun and although it is still early, there is already some great fall color in every region of the state.
Some individual trees throughout Vermont are already in full display in front yards; on town greens; along country roads, rivers, and streams; in cemeteries, and around ballfields and parks.
It is not hard to see red maples that are already showing vivid shades of deep crimson and magenta, or sugar maples here and there with bright yellows and oranges developing. And there are even groups of trees in bright displays -- in and around wetlands, for example. Yet it is still early.
We know things can change quickly in this magical natural act, but as of now, Vermont is still very much a green mountain state, with scattered flashes of color. With healthy forests, shortening day length, and the onset of cool autumn air and sunny days, we expect another great display to progress over the next month, with colors developing first at higher elevations and in the north and northeastern parts of the state, and then more gradual color emergence in and near the Champlain and Connecticut Valleys, and across much of southern Vermont.
Best Bets (North to South):
– Northeast Kingdom Byway, which runs north along Vermont Route 114 between St. Johnsbury and East Burke, where it connects to Vermont Route 5A and continues north to Newport.
– Route 113, running east out of Chelsea and through Vershire, West Fairlee and Thetford, before connecting with the Connecticut River Byway.
– The Crossroad of Vermont Byway, running east along Route 4 passing Rutland, Killington, Woodstock, Quechee and White River Junction.