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2018 Foliage is Bursting Forth.

By Linda WarnerSep. 27, 2018

September 20, 2018

We are beginning to see some real color now. After a hot early September, temperatures are more appropriate to the season and nights are delightfully cool. Fall festivals are in full swing and there is so much to do. Visitors will enjoy the full Vermont experience at this time of year -- hiking or biking, fairs and festivals, shopping and sightseeing -- all with a backdrop of magnificent color. Here's what our Leaf Squad is reporting from around the state.

If you can't wait to see nature's magnificent display, head to our Autumn Photo Gallery for a glimpse into years past. And, remember – it’s never too early to plan a fall vacation. Fall is also Festival season in Vermont so there's lots to do while soaking in the beauty around you.


The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our Leaf Squad from around the state.

For more info on current conditions, call Vermont's Seasonal Hotline at (802)828-3239 ... and tell them sent you!


"Here are some pics from around Burke. Colors are creeping in and more so north of Burke, on the way to Lake Willoughby. come see our color for yourself at the Burke Fall Foliage Festival on September 29."
-- Laura Malieswski, Burke Area Chamber of Commerce,
Burke, VT

"Cooler nighttime temperatures at Smugglers' Notch have lead to some nice progress in this season's color spectrum. There's still lots of green that's yet to turn, but in the cooler pockets, change is certainly imminent. Next week's AppleFest from Wednesday, September 26 - Sunday, September 30 should feature a nice spread of color, tastes, and smells, setting a perfect autumn scene!"
-- Mike Chait, Smugglers' Notch ResortJeffersonville, VT

"Leaves are starting to change on the UVM campus in Burlington."
-- Emet Koffman, UVM,
Burlington, VT


"There still aren't very many pops of color here at Common Ground Center in Starksboro, but the greens are starting to look a little "rustier" and some of the leaves that change from green to brown (instead of yellow, orange, red) are losing their leaves. "
-- Christa Finnern, Common Ground Center, Starksboro, VT

"Fresher, cooler air makes its way into the Killington region this week and into the weekend, bringing more color by the day. Patches of orange and yellow are now visible in the higher elevations of Route 4 toward Killington, and color is scattered throughout the valleys from the inn's tucked-away location on Woodward Road, named after one of its first farm homesteaders, General Woodward and his family. The Inn, built in 1849, is seeing its 170th year of turning leaves this year on Woodward Road. Here at the Inn, leaf-peeping and farm-fresh food are in our nature!"
-- Vicky Tebbetts, Red Clover Inn,  Mendon, VT


"Feast your eyes on Ma Nature's transition into Autumn as the warm colors spread through the valley. Spend the day (or a few hours) at Bromley, Vermont's Summer Adventure and enjoy the wind flying through your face as you ride, slide and zip down the mountain, or take a relaxing chairlift ride up to the summit and experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the Green Mountains."
-- Savannah Strom, Bromley Mountain, Peru, VT

"It was a beautiful sunny day at the 2018 Peru Fair, tho a little chilly when we arrived in the late afternoon. I was surprised that the trees weren't as colorful as I've seen them on this day in past years. It looks like foliage season is starting a little late this year in southern Vermont, but that's ok because we'll hopefully have longer to enjoy it!"
-- Renee Smith, Peru, VT

"As you can see, the apples are ripening on the trees and the leaves are beginning to turn. There's a crispness in the air in the mornings - a hint of cooler weather just around the corner. Fall is here is Woodford at the top of the mountain!"
-- Linda Warner, Vermont.comWoodford, VT

While you're enjoying the fall foliage, plan to take in one of Vermont's many Fall Festivals.  For comprehensive listing, refer to our Fall Festivals page.


The "Current Conditions" map provides an approximate view of the current foliage color in Vermont, based on the reports we receive.

Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas of the Green Mountains, spreading down into the Lake Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, and moving from north to south across the state. The exact timing of the color change varies from year to year, based on the weather.

By Linda WarnerSep. 27, 2018
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