KILLINGTON, Vt. – While Vermont remains about a week behind normal in terms of color progression, weather conditions for the upcoming Columbus Day holiday weekend will be ideal for fall foliage viewing.
Across Vermont, higher elevations and swampy, marshy areas remain the best bets to see the best color. Overall, we’re still looking for some colder nights to accelerate the seasonal change in earnest, but more yellows and oranges continue to emerge each day.
Fall foliage map for Oct. 4, 2007Best Bets: Route 4 over Sherburne Pass to Rutland is close to full color, as is the Killington access road with dazzling shades of orange and burnt gold. Route 73 from Rochester west over Brandon Gap is near peak and at peak in the higher elevations and along the eastern slopes.
Although Route 7 south of Middlebury through Danby is early to mid-stage, there are scattered pockets of near peak color in the wetter areas and mountain ridges. Route 140 from Wallingford west to Poultney and south to Dorset offers beautiful views of the lush green meadows and brown freshly cut corn fields, contrasting with the changing foliage in the Taconic foothills.
Full color has emerged along Route 103 from Rutland south to Mount Holly and Ludlow. Near the New York border, there is mid to late-stage color along Route 4 from Rutland to Fair Haven, while Route 22A in Fair Haven to Shoreham is showing mid-stage color.
In northern Vermont, areas of Route 15 in Underhill are showing bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Continue east into Lamoille County to view beautiful foliage on Belvidere Mountain, Elmore Mountain, Mount Norris, Butternut Mountain and Mount Mansfield.
There are pockets of color in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties with spots of bright red, orange and yellow along the hillsides and wetland areas.