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2021 Fall Foliage: Autumn Colors Emerge

By StaffSep. 23, 2021

September 23, 2021
In concert with the autumn equinox, colorful foliage is unfolding throughout much of Vermont and will continue to brighten to mid-stage in many areas through the coming week. Keep checking back here as we continue to gather foliage reports from our "Leaf Squad" for foliage conditions throughout Vermont. We will try to update our reports once a week, on Thursdays.

If you can't make it to Vermont during this year's Fall Foliage Season, you can find some gorgeous Vermont Fall scenery in our Autumn Photo Gallery, thanks to local photographers and visitors to Vermont. But truly, you've got to be here to fully enjoy the leaves. And remember, it's never too late to plan a fall vacation in Vermont!


Foliage color generally starts to change in the higher, cooler areas, spreading down into the valleys, and moving from north to south across the state.

'Peak' colors can be found at many different times & places as the season progresses, and the timing varies from year to year, based on the weather.

Beyond leaf peeping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Vermont’s mountains, meadows and villages during the fall. Discover Vermont Fall Festivals and other fun things to do in Vermont with our Calendar of Events. Don't see your event? Feel free to suggest an event so we can add it to our Calendar.


Due to the Delta variant, things are changing rapidly. We recommend that if you are planning to attend an event in Vermont, please check directly with the event to see if it has been rescheduled.


The Foliage Reports are provided thanks to the Vermont Department of Tourism, and by volunteer members of our "Leaf Squad" from around the state. You can send us a foliage report , for your area of Vermont, including a photo, description, and the location & date when the photo was taken.

To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Blog.

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


No Current Reports for Northern Vermont


No Current Reports for Central Vermont


September 22, 2021 in Bondville, VT

Stratton - Zach Gould - Fall Mountain - 20210921
Photographer: Zach Gould

"The foliage is upon us here in southern Vermont. This is the first significant difference we've seen week to week here at Stratton. The colors are now noticeable on the drive up to the mountain, and a scenic gondola ride or hike reveals even more beauty. While we are still an estimated 2 to 4 weeks away from peak foliage, the colors are a sight to see this week. Fall is officially here in more ways than one, with the first official day of autumn this week, and a true change in the colors in southern Vermont."

-- Andrew Kimiecik,
Stratton Mountain Resort

September 22, 2021 in Londonderry, VT
Renee Smith - Londonderry - 09/09/21   VTC - Renee Smith - Londonderry - 091621   VTC - Renee Smith - Londonderry - 092321

"There are a few trees that are already turning to mid-stage oranges and reds, but I'm mostly seeing yellows so far. The mornings have been cool and the afternoons have been warm, which is perfect for the leaves to develop their beautiful color. We're expecting a few wet days this week, but I think the gray skies just make the fall colors POP! I can't wait to see what this weekend will reveal!"

-- Renee-Marie Smith,

September 21, 2021 in Manchester, VT

Manchester View - Robin Green - 092121"Fall has bestowed pumpkins, gourds, and hardy flowers on the Manchester View property! Change is slow and steady ... leaves are dotting the trees here and there with an orange glow. Unless we get a big storm, it looks like the colors will be changing for a while! Fall is colorful and fruitful! Head over to the local apple orchards where there are great varieties just waiting for you to pick right off the trees. Our pool stayed open a little later than usual and is now closed until the next warm season. The evenings are getting nippy enough to warrant wearing a sweater or light jacket."

-- Robin Green,
The Manchester View


September 22, 2021
"As we kick off the first days of fall, conditions on the ground certainly line up with the calendar. Color is still in the early stages but is steadily emerging. While southern parts of the state are still donning summer green, the crimsons and golds of autumn become more noticeable as you travel north, with the most color in higher elevations, northeast regions of Vermont, and along the spine of the Green Mountains. And while it’s still early across the state, peak conditions could come quickly in areas where color is more advanced, especially in the Northeast Kingdom.

As you explore this week, make sure to pause and admire the tremendous variation observed in many individual trees. Single trees are showing off some branches in flaming reds and oranges, while other branches display more mild yellows, and the remaining ones are still dark green. And remember that conditions can change very fast. Take advantage of every opportunity to get out and appreciate the views around you! "

-- Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation,
Vermont Department of Tourism

To view current Foliage Reports, visit the Foliage Reports page.
To view past Foliage Reports, visit the Blog.

By StaffSep. 23, 2021
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