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Vermont Fall Foliage Guide

10 Best Places To See Vermont Fall Colors

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

10 Places To See Vermont Fall Colors
10 Please To See Vermont Fall Colors

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Each year, the native maple trees of Vermont put on a dazzling display of stunning reds, golds, and oranges. From the rolling hills to the staggering mountain peaks and beautiful reflective lakes, there is no shortage of picture-perfect places to see the leaves changing in Vermont. Whether you want to take a scenic drive, hike, or kayak on a lake to soak in the majesty of the Green Mountain State, keep reading for the 10 best places to see the best Vermont fall foliage.

Each year, the native maple trees of Vermont put on a dazzling display of stunning reds, golds, and oranges. From the rolling hills to the staggering mountain peaks and beautiful reflective lakes, there is no shortage of picture-perfect places to see the leaves changing in Vermont. Whether you want to take a scenic drive, hike, or kayak on a lake to soak in the majesty of the Green Mountain State, keep reading for the 10 best places to see the best Vermont fall foliage.

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10 Places To See Vermont Fall Colors
10 Places To See Vermont Fall Colors

Stowe

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1. Stowe

If you are looking for quintessential Vermont in the fall, Stowe is the place to visit. This renowned ski area becomes ablaze with vibrant fall foliage that is breathtaking. Make time to take the Gondola SkyRide to the top of Mount Mansfield, the tallest peak in Vermont, for sweeping aerial foliage views. Hit the hiking trails for a more immersive Vermont fall colors experience.

The historic village of Stowe provides the perfect backdrop for your fall adventure. Be sure to dine at some farm-to-table restaurants or stroll the charming downtown area and venture into some of the locally owned shops.

Woodstock

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2. Woodstock

The postcard village of Woodstock delivers vibrant Vermont fall colors and fun autumn activities. You can marvel at the beautiful covered bridges surrounded by brilliant shades of reds and oranges while feeling transported back in time. Woodstock is also considered one of the prettiest small villages in America. Keep an eye out for the plaque that tells you so.

It’s a place to drive over a red-covered bridge, visit a sugar maple farm, and enjoy the crisp autumn air as you hike in the surrounding mountains or shop at unique boutiques and galleries downtown.

Brattleboro

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3. Brattleboro

Brattleboro is an artsy small town close to the Massachusetts border. This charming Vermont town offers an array of places to see the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows of Autumn. Head to Fort Dummer State Park or the Wantastiquet Mountain Natural Area for a hike and a stunning fall foliage display.

The town is situated at the lowest point of the Connecticut River Valley, and the hillsides encircling the downtown area put the bright colors on full display. You can also take a picturesque 17-mile scenic drive on Route 30.

Montpelier

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4. Montpelier

As the state capital, Montpelier has the unique distinction of being the least populated state capital in the United States. However, there is plenty to do in the charming capital of the Green Mountain State. Make sure to visit the State House, and if you have a sweet tooth, visit a maple sugar/syrup factory. Don’t miss the statue of Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen, who was a founder of Vermont.

Stop in one of the many farms in the area, such as Bragg Farm and Morse Farm, known for their soft-serve style maple Creemees. These are also some of the best places to shop for maple syrup and seasonal produce. If you want a classic orchard experience, head to Burtt’s Apple Orchard outside of town.

Smugglers Notch State Park

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5. Smugglers Notch State Park

This dramatic mountain pass brings the best of leaf peeping in Vermont. Also known as “the Notch,” Route 108 is a scenic winding road surrounded by towering cliffs that lead to Mount Mansfield. During your scenic drive, you can enjoy the spectacular view from your car, but pulling off for some epic hiking is the best way to experience Smugglers Notch.

The Notch has some incredible hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, which provide a unique perspective of the landscape during the fall. The Long Trail winds up at Bingham Falls and connects to Elephant’s Head Cliff, a more challenging trek that will reward you with sweeping foliage-clad vistas.

Burlington

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6. Burlington

Burlington is a bustling lakeside city with plenty of small-town charm, culture, and outdoor adventure. It also has some of the best foliage in the northeast. Stroll the pedestrian-only Church Street or hit the Burlington Greenway, a stunning bike path along the shore of Lake Champlain with epic foliage views.

For a memorable vantage point of the stunning technicolor display, hop aboard one of the local boat tours and see the city in all its glory from the water.

Bennington

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7. Bennington

Known as part of “The Shires,” Bennington is buzzing with fall activities. Visiting Old Bennington, Vermont, is like stepping back in time. This historic village is home to beautiful historic buildings and a colorful past. Besides the beautiful sights like the Old First Church and the monuments, this town is bursting with fall activities. Whether you head to Armstrong Farm to find the perfect pumpkin or Terry’s Orchard to hand-pick apples, Bennington is a fantastic place to visit during fall.

If you have only a few hours or all day to explore the back roads of Southern Vermont, you will find a gorgeous fall foliage drive that’s perfect for you. Take a leisurely drive on The Route 7A-Route 100 Loop, Kelly Stand Road to Grout Pond, or the Bennington, North Bennington, and Shaftsbury Fall Foliage Loop.

Manchester

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8. Manchester

Manchester is a charming town nestled in the valleys of the Green Mountain National Forest and is one of the most idyllic spots to take in Vermont’s fall colors. For nature lovers looking to immerse themselves in Manchester’s natural beauty, Equinox Pond is an excellent spot for a fall foliage stroll.

Manchester boasts trails featuring views of the Green Mountains and the Manchester Riverwalk, which ambles along the Battenkill River. From the quaint Main Street to the vibrant back roads, everything is surrounded by mountains, giving you full advantage of taking in those stunning fall colors.

Mad River Valley

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9. Mad River Valley

The Mad River Valley comprises the towns of Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, Duxbury, and Warren. These magical and charming towns offer unique fall activities and scenic beauty worth experiencing and seeing Vermont’s fall colors. When touring these towns, make sure to hike the Warren Path. This moderate 2-mile trail follows an old logging road and a hardwood forest, offering breathtakingly vibrant fall foliage.

This valley is also a great place to indulge your desire to simultaneously see some of the Green Mountain State’s famed covered bridges and vibrant leaves. There are two historic bridges here, the Big Eddy and Pine Brook, and both are located in the town of Waitsfield, along with the easy and scenic Mad River Path.

Grafton

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10. Grafton

Grafton is one of the best small towns in Vermont to celebrate the fall season. The town is marked by historic buildings dating back to the mid-1800s. This time-honored destination draws in vacationers who want to enjoy the simpler things in life while appreciating the breathtaking autumnal display. Grafton offers a unique landscape that’s delightful to view as the fiery foliage takes over.

We highly recommend you check out the 19th-century Kidder Covered Bridge to fully appreciate the town’s historic charm. This bridge is breathtaking, with the Saxtons River below reflecting the surrounding orange, yellow, and red leaves.

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