Due to recent rain and wind, some of these stressed trees that are changing early are beginning to drop leaves—but not to worry, there’s so much more to come. This first small phase adds a three-dimensionality to foliage, coloring both the ground and the branches above, opening pockets within the forest to see the depth of foliage yet to turn.
This week’s weather forecast includes a fair amount of rain, and as long as it’s on the gentle side, this will be to our leaf peeping advantage as one of the key ingredients for stunning autumn leaves.
Recreation Recommendations & Best Bets
This is a magical time of year when many of summer’s best activities are still hanging on even as the turning leaves usher in fall. If you’re feeling hardy, there’s still a lingering window for swimming and enjoying a sun-soak on a beach at one of Vermont’s state parks, even as you take in the hints of color on standout trees. Why not make a weekend of it and plan to camp while you’re there? Visit the Vermont State Parks Operating Schedule to see which parks are still open to enjoy the best of summer and fall.
To catch the most color this week, head to the Northeast Kingdom or high elevations in the Green Mountains. Brighton State Park is one great destination for swimming, hiking, boating, and more, as are the nearby multi-use Kingdom Trails.