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Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:00 pm
by Pats fan
We are taking our fall trip this year to Franconia NH on Saturday Sept 29. Planning to stop at east burke vt foliage festival on the way to Franconia. Looking for any suggestions on a scenic route from albany NY to east burke vt and then east burke to franconia. We usually enter vt on route 7 in the Bennington area. Enjoy reading the forum every fall. So much great info.

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:02 am
by pwt54
Best color in the Bennington area will be in the mountains. Route 100 from route 9 in Wilmington north to Stowe is your best bet. There are 2 main routes to get to the East Burke area from route 100. The first is route US 2 in Waterbury. When you get to US 2 in Waterbury, turn right and drive US 2 east to St. Johnsbury. Or you can drive route 100 through Stowe to Route 15 east in Morrisville. Turn right on route 15 and drive it to the end at US 2 in West Danville and turn left to get to St. Johnsbury. Don't take route 15A in Morrisville to get to route 15. There is bridge work on that road and the road may be closed.

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:22 am
by Pats fan
Thank You for the great info. Are there are any photo ops on route 2? As we get close to east burke, is it worth getting off 114 and taking darling hill rd? I've read that is a scenic back road.

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:26 am
by Utah Baker
Yes! To Darling Hill Road. A beautiful area. For photo ops check out two member of this forum, Andy & Carol’s ebook on photographing Vermont. Info at the top of the Foilage forum page. Good luck & happy trails!

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:33 pm
by Pats fan
Ok, will check out the ebook, thank you.

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:44 pm
by wentworth
Pats fan wrote:Ok, will check out the ebook, thank you.
Darling Hill Road is nice indeed

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:41 am
by pwt54
Route 15 from Morrisville, VT east to US 2 in West Danville should have better color at that time.
Darling Hill Road is a great ride. You should also do route 5A out of West Burke up to Lake Willoughby. It's worth the trip.

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:19 am
by abby
pwt54 wrote:Route 15 from Morrisville, VT east to US 2 in West Danville should have better color at that time.
Darling Hill Road is a great ride. You should also do route 5A out of West Burke up to Lake Willoughby. It's worth the trip.
Hi Pats Fan.....great name by the way! :-) I was going to suggest the drive to Lake Willoughby as well. It's a must see location for anyone who is visiting that area. If time permits, I would also suggest you to take a ride up to nearby Long Pond since you will be in the area. Follow Rte 5A from Lake Willoughby (The lake will be on your left) for a few miles and turn right onto Long Pond Road. It's at a higher elevation and typically has some beautiful color on the dates you will be visiting. There's also a decent porta potty there if needed. (Sometimes an important bit of info to have when out traveling remote locations) :-) Enjoy your time!
Carol (abby)

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:28 am
by abby
One more thing Pats Fan.......as far as directions from East Burke to Franconia.....I highly suggest you take the following drive. When possible, I always recommend avoiding the highways, as I personally would rather follow the side roads and take in the scenery and be able to stop and pull over for any photo ops you may come across. http://mapq.st/2DnR58L
I hope this link worked.
Carol

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:03 pm
by From_the_NEK
abby wrote:One more thing Pats Fan.......as far as directions from East Burke to Franconia.....I highly suggest you take the following drive. When possible, I always recommend avoiding the highways, as I personally would rather follow the side roads and take in the scenery and be able to stop and pull over for any photo ops you may come across. http://mapq.st/2DnR58L
I hope this link worked.
Carol
Good recommendation to stay off the major routes between E Burke and Sugar Hill. However I would change it up a bit with a drive along Kirby Rd/Ridge Rd instead of driving back into Lyndonville. The views along that road are great.

https://goo.gl/maps/PjFjVapr5Gx

Additionally I will have a display of my photography up at the East Burke Fall Foliage Festival. Stop in an say hi! :D
Tim Kirchoff Photography

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:43 pm
by abby
Pats Fan: I totally agree with NEK on his directions. Kirby Road and Ridge Road are both beautiful.

NEK: This is the first year in a while that I won't be up the last weekend of September.......would love to have visited you at the E Burke Fall Foliage Festival. Good luck and I hope you make some decent sales.
Carol

Re: Upstate NY to Franconia NH with stop in vt

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:31 pm
by Pats fan
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful tips. The link did work Carol, I agree getting off the highway makes for a better trip. I've never been to the nek before, I'm excited to check it out.

Tim, I will be sure to check out your photography at the festival and those back roads you mentioned.

Joe