State Foliage Repor for October 20th, 2017
Many pockets of trees in Vermont are still showing peak foliage conditions, displaying full-bodied orange and yellow hues, and bright reds that are especially spotlighted by early-morning and late-afternoon autumn sunlight.
All stages of fall color are currently present across Vermont in what is now among the most prolonged and varied fall foliage seasons in memory.
“Some zones, particularly at higher elevations, have moved past peak color but with pockets of gorgeous color still remaining,” said Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder. “While many parts of the state are in mid- to later- stages of color, some areas, particularly along major river valleys and in the Champlain Valley, are only just now moving from largely green toward excellent color.”
As Vermont’s famous maples begin to shift beyond their peak in some locations, noteworthy species less accustomed to the limelight during foliage season are now on full display, including aspen, oak, and beech trees.
Hillsides, where the peak colors are tapering off, are still graced by distinct trees that are individually striking for their enduring colors, shapes, and textures.
Best Bets (North to South):
– Follow Route 2 West out of Colchester, through the Sand Bar State Park, continuing through Grand Isle to North Hero.
– Take Route 22A North from Fair Haven and continue through Benson, Shoreham, Addison, up to Vergennes.
– Head north on the Connecticut River Byway, starting from Guilford and through Brattleboro, Westminster, Rockingham, continuing north up to Norwich