My wife, 16-year old son and I will be in Vermont based out of the Burlington area from Sept 30 to Oct 4. I was hoping to ask the users in the forum about route from Cambridge through Waterville and Belividere to Montgomery. Specifically interested in knowing if caterpillars have negatively impacted this area, or if it is worth the drive through this area specifically for fall colors. If recommended, any must stop places?
We'll also be heading to the Peacham/Groton area and on to Franconia/Lincoln. And also plan a day down through Bristol to Middlebury and across to Hancock and back up through Warren and Waitsfield. May try and include Mad River Glen or Sugarbush - maybe a chair lift. Any other not to be missed views for the scenery and the color on these two routes? Trying to balance distances with best spots based on Burlington base.
I'm going to just give you a couple of roads in Cambridge that are awesome before I head out and will be back later on tonight. The Lower Pleasant Valley Road and loop up the Upper Pleasant Valley Road in Cambridge is a delight. Many photographers stop at the barn scene below Mt. Mansfield on the Lower PVR for photo ops. It is gorgeous!
Another couple of roads in Waitsfield are the Common Road and Bragg Hill Road which offer great views of the Mad River Valley. In Belvidere, stop at the Belvidere Pond, beautiful with a nice pullout for parking.
Do take the single chair lift at Mad River Glen! This weekend and the Columbus Day Weekend are the rides and you can see my post further down on the forum describing the ride up. Route 125 (Middlebury Gap) to Hancock is a must, glad you included it! You will love the ride up 100 from Hancock to Warren. So much to do!
More tonight! Welcome!!!! CT
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
You will find that the colors as you approach Montgomery will still be early. This is normal. The highlands in this area will have better color. Routes 58 through Hazen's Notch and 242 to Jay Peak will have good color and the roads end up at route 100 which should have good color. Route 58 is part pavement and part gravel, but is an easy drive.
CT - look forward to your additional input. From what I see, you have a database of knowledge for the region!
pwt54 - I appreciate the notice of early color on the approach to Montgomery and the suggestion for the highlands in the area. We'll explore those!
http://fpr.vermont.gov/sites/fpr/files/ ... 202017.pdf
In the article you will see a link to look at any of the areas:
Defoliated areas mapped during aerial surveys are available on the ANR Natural Resources Atlas. To view the data, click on “Layers” at the bottom of the left hand sidebar. Click the “+” sign next to Forests, Parks and Recreation. And then click on “Forest Tent Caterpillar Damage”. To see the Legend, click the icon between the check box and the layer name. Users are reminded that this information is sketched at speeds of over 100 mph and can be incomplete, since observers can’t see under the plane or behind hills.
oops forgot to add this link to look at any of the defoliation areas present in VT. It takes forever to load up! Then follow the directions in my first post!
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