Vermont Fall Foliage Reports (2022)

Vermont Fall Foliage Reports

Vermont Fall Foliage Reports

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2021 Foliage Season: Final Report

October 28, 2021

The 2021 Foliage Season is coming to an end and we have enjoyed a spectacular foliage season in Vermont this year. By now, most of the state is considered "past peak," with a only few hidden pockets of color left. Any remaining color won't last long now, and as we move thru "stick season," the chill in the air is a reminder that a white blanket of snow will soon be upon us.

If you couldn'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!

-- Vermont.com

The "Current Conditions" map is approximate, based on the reports we receive.

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.

Current Conditions:

Vermont Fall Foliage Reports (1)

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

(Video) Vermont Fall Foliage Drone Report : October 15, 2018

COVID-19 NOTICE

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.

FOLIAGE REPORTS FROM AROUND THE STATE

The Vermont.com 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 our past Foliage Reports, visit the Vermont.com Blog.

October 18, 2021 in Stowe, VT

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"Here is my final report. We are past peak but there is still some color around. It was very warm on Saturday with storms moving through on Saturday evening. Cooler on Sunday, finally felt like fall. We lost a lot of leaves over the weekend from the storm, and that changed our foliage conditions dramatically. We have a mix of some peak trees and some trees that are past."

-- Scot Baraw, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

CENTRAL VERMONT:

No Current Reports for Central Vermont

SOUTHERN VERMONT:

October 25, 2021 in Manchester, VT

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"Although leaf-peeping season is over, there's still color to find. Look at the view at the Green Mountains beyond the Manchester View property to see what looks like an impressionist painting with dots of orange, red and yellow among the evergreens. Along the roads, a maple here and there will delight with bright orange leaves. The crisp cool autumn air is perfect for hiking and biking, as well as local and outlet store and gallery hopping. Whether you visited the Manchester and the Mountains region or missed the chance this past fall, now is the best time to reserve for next year."

-- Robin Green, The Manchester View

STATEWIDE:

October 22, 2021

"Vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows continue in Southern Vermont and the Champlain Valley, and isolated, protected forest coves and pockets in other parts of the state still pop with color as well. And while most of the leaves have fallen in other areas, the landscape is still touched with fall beauty as color transitions from high in the trees to below on the forest floor, village greens, and backyard lawns. This time of year, tamaracks emerge as quieter standouts, transitioning from olive to gold and contrasting with the darker shades of evergreens around them.

Over the past 30 years, FPR forest health staff and colleagues in forest science have documented that the length of the forest’s growing season has increased by over a week. This year’s foliage season was deliciously slow and made more gradual in part because of a lack of frost, but the lengthened growing season caused by climate change also contributes to these extended foliage conditions.

And while the 2021 foliage season may be drawing to a close, there’s still plenty to explore and admire in the landscape of Vermont. Venture out into the woods and you’ll rediscover scenes that were hidden through summer and fall: stone walls, cellar holes, and other historic remnants of generations past who lived and worked the land; habitat features; tree architecture showcasing each tree’s distinct form and shape; and new recreation opportunities to scout out."

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

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2020 Reports:

September 14, 2020
September 17, 2020
September 24, 2020

October 1, 2020
October 8, 2020
October 15, 2020
October 22, 2020
October 29, 2020

2021 Reports:

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September 9, 2021
September 16, 2021
September 23, 2021
September 30, 2021

October 7, 2021
October 14, 2021
October 21, 2021

FOLIAGE TIPS:

Vermont Fall Foliage Reports (11) Best Bets: During the earliest part of foliage season, viewing is more about elevation than location. Your best chances for spotting color are to "get high" or "get low." Higher elevations with panoramic views will allow you to spot smatterings of color in the valleys below. Alternatively, you can "get low" - marshy areas near bodies of water typically offer the first areas of foliage change and also offer a wide variety of tree species which enlarges the palette of early season colors.

Helpful Tip: Plan Ahead!
Foliage season is a very popular time to visit Vermont, so if you want to stay in a particular place on a particular weekend, call in advance to make sure rooms are available. Having your lodging plans made in advance will avoid unnecessary stress and allow you to enjoy your foliage season odyssey. Also too, it is a good idea to make dining reservations as early as possible in the day or even the night before.

When To Come For "Peak" Foliage:
There is no one "perfect" time to visit Vermont to see peak foliage. Color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season. As such, there are many "peaks" so that you can make your plans based on the timing and location that works for you.

Science Behind the Leaves Changing Colors:
During the short summer months, broad-leafed trees such as maples, oaks and birches produce food to nourish themselves for growth. They do this through a process known as photosynthesis, using the energy of the sun to produce food. As the days grow shorter in early fall, the increasing periods of darkness trigger leafy plants to slow down photosynthesis and stop growing. A pigment in the leaves called chlorophyll (which gives leaves their green color) is used in photosynthesis, so the slowing of this process means there is less green pigment. But leaves contain pigments other than green, called carotenoids and anthocyanins. Once the greens fade, carotenoids are revealed (yellow, orange, and brown colors), anthocyanins and are produced (red and purple colors).

Certain colors are characteristic of particular plant species. Red maples live up to their name by turning scarlet, while most sugar maples glow a warm orange. Aspen and birches display sunny yellows, while oak and beech leaves turn bronze and gold. Most of Vermont"s fall foliage color is provided by red and sugar maples, two resilient tree species that constitute more than 50 percent of our forest"s trees. You can find even more details on leaves and their changing colors, courtesy of the US Forest Service: Why Leaves Change Colors

Find more info about Fall Foliage in New England,
from photographer Jeff "Foliage" Folger.

Vermont Fall Foliage Season
from the Vermont Department of Tourism

FOLIAGE FORECASTER

Please note: This is only an approximation of typical foliage color progression. The exact timing of the color change varies year to year.

To use this map:

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  • Click the << icon to view the season stages color key.
  • You can scroll through the weekly dates at the bottom of the map.

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FAQs

Are the leaves changing yet in Vermont? ›

The best time to see foliage is typically between mid-September and late October, though there is no "perfect" time for viewing the colors. While foliage season typically runs between mid-September and late October, it can be difficult to determine when the best mountainside views will occur.

What is the peak time for fall foliage in Vermont? ›

Best time to see fall colors in Green Mountains and Northeast Kingdom The foliage season in Northern Vermont runs from early September to mid-October. The peak usually falls on the last two weeks of September when visitors can see the whole palette of colors: green, yellow, red, and orange.

Are the colors changing in Vermont? ›

Color change begins in mid-September and runs through the first two to three weeks in October and varies by elevation, progressing from north to south and higher to lower elevations during the course of the season.

Is October a good time to visit Vermont? ›

October is the best time to visit Vermont for fall colors because this is the time that all the leaves start to change and fall off the trees. While it does get a bit busier in Vermont during the fall because all the leaf peepers visit the state, it's truthfully not as busy as you'd think it is.

What state has the best fall foliage? ›

Stowe, Vermont, is widely regarded as the nation's best place for viewing fall colors.

When should I go to Vermont? ›

Although this state is never out of season, the best time to visit Vermont (and find the best weather) is in May/June or September/October. Late spring and early summer bring you maple syrup, moderate crowds, and the Vermont City Marathon.

What is the best time to see fall colors in New England? ›

MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT and RHODE ISLAND:

Peak foliage usually occurs in mid-October from the Berkshires to northwestern Connecticut, late October in interior Massachusetts and Rhode Island and early November for Cape Cod.

What does past peak foliage look like? ›

So, “past peak” means many things to many people. Most time, as the leaves lose their “peak” color and brightness, they will get duller and darker and they will either still be on the tree or they will be on the ground. Especially after a windy or stormy day.

What do people wear in Vermont in September? ›

What to Wear in Vermont in Autumn? We would say the best type of clothing should include layers. During the day the sun is still strong enough and you can easily wear t-shirts and shorts. But the nights get significantly colder, so long sleeves and pants are necessary.

What is the best time to see fall foliage in New Hampshire? ›

While every year is different, the best New Hampshire fall colors reliably move from north to south, starting in mid-to-late September and extending through mid-October.

What colors are in for fall 2022? ›

Whether you gravitate towards a yellow hue or prefer to stay out of the spotlight in a neutral shade like camel or black, these are the fall 2022 color trends that can match any attitude.
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Jump to category:
  • Pops of Purple.
  • Marigold-Round.
  • Barbiecore Pink.
  • Disco Black.
  • Crazy for Camel.
  • Wild Blue Yonder.
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Why is it called leaf peeping? ›

Leaf peeping is a common activity in New England. It's an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage (or autumn leaves that have changed color), particularly in northern New England and the upper Midwest.

What is Vermont's state color? ›

Known as the Green Mountain State, it comes as no surprise that the color green is integral to the State of Vermont's visual identity. The Vermont Green shown to the right is the official State color and is the only green to be used within the Moon Over Mountains logo.

When should I go to Vermont in the fall? ›

Between mid-September and mid-October are the most colorful times to visit Vermont, with foliage starting to change colors as early as the start of September in northern areas and higher elevations.

How cold is Vermont in October? ›

October Weather in Burlington Vermont, United States. Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 64°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 75°F. Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 48°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 58°F.

What are 3 things Vermont is famous for? ›

Vermont is known for its forested natural beauty, majestic green mountains, scenic hiking trails, and destination-worthy skiing. The state is also famous for its picturesque wooden covered bridges, of which there are more than 100.

Which New England state has the best fall foliage? ›

New England leaf peeping is at its finest in Vermont, where wilderness covers 75 percent of the land. Surrounded by more maple trees than anywhere else in the region, you'll find the brightest of yellows, oranges, and reds on nearly every highway and country road.

Where is the best fall foliage in October? ›

15 Best Places to see the Fall Foliage in October
  • Green Mountain Byway, Vermont.
  • Gatlinburg & Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.
  • Poconos, Pennsylvania.
  • Taos, New Mexico.
  • Ozark Mountains, Arkansas.
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York.
  • Cape Cod & Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • Napa Valley, California.
20 Jul 2021

What state has the longest autumn season? ›

The Keystone State has the longest fall foliage season in the world. Fall foliage in Pennsylvania is often a unique experience, bringing vibrant hues of brown, red and gold throughout the region.

What's the first day of fall 2022? ›

The fall equinox arrives on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 9:04 P.M. EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox occurs at the same moment worldwide.

Who has the longest fall season? ›

#1 Vermont

Vermont's fall foliage season is the longest in the United States, starting in early September and ending around late October.

What is Woodstock Vermont known for? ›

Woodstock, Vermont is a picture-book New England Village, voted the prettiest town in America. world heritage farm, great restaurants, eclectic boutiques and down-to-earth Vermont Hospitality.

Is Vermont worth visiting? ›

Vermont is a place, but also a state of mind that revels in outdoor beauty, good food, and the preservation of unique small towns and cities. Visitors love Vermont for its colorful fall foliage; ski mountains like Killington, Manchester, Stowe, and Mount Snow; mountain vistas; and attractions for families and kids.

Is Burlington Vermont worth visiting? ›

Compact and beautiful, Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, museums and educational opportunities, great shopping, three colleges and a university, as well as a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits. It's no wonder this small, friendly city consistently earns national awards.

What is the best time to see fall colors in Maine? ›

Generally northern Maine is at or near peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. Central, and western mountains of Maine are at or near peak Indigenous Peoples' Day week/weekend. Coastal and southern Maine generally reach peak or near peak conditions mid-to-last October.

What is peak leaf season in New England? ›

The wave of peak color will start in late September as usual; after that, its southerly progression may slow or stall, leading to foliage color lingering into November in southern New England.

How long does fall foliage last in New England? ›

New England's fall foliage season generally lasts about six weeks across the region, says Salge, “but usually only a week or two in any particular spot.” An extended run of color would be an improvement on 2020.

What are the fall colors for 2021? ›

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Designers stuck to basic silhouettes and a serene color palette of soothing powder blues, sage greens, and mellow corals for the most part. The result was like the Calm app in clothing form: a comforting sartorial message of hope amid a (very) turbulent year.

Why are the leaves not changing color this year? ›

It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, and the nights are cooling down. But when will the natural fireworks display of autumn leaves actually begin this year?

How long does it take for leaves to change color? ›

Usually, the colors arrive around the end of September and peak in October, says Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. But, he adds, "the color change can vary by a week or 10 days on either side of an average."

What should I pack for Vermont fall? ›

Some items to include in your packing list for Vermont are:
  • Heavy Coat.
  • Light Jacket.
  • Scarf.
  • Hats.
  • Suede Booties.
  • Waterproof Boots.
  • Sneakers.

How do people dress in Vermont? ›

Dress in Appropriate Clothing
  1. Wearing multiple layers. Wear a base layer, an insulating layer, and an outer shell layer.
  2. Wearing waterproof boots or shoes. Wet feet = unhappy student.
  3. Wearing a hat and gloves/mittens outside.
  4. Taking off some of your layers when you go inside to avoid sweating.

What should I pack for a weekend in Vermont? ›

Overview
  • Tops. 3 cute sweaters, 1 skiing sweater. 1 long sleeve top, 1 thermal top, 1 flannel. 1 warm winter jacket.
  • Pants. 1 pair of jeans. 2 pairs of leggings and/or long johns for skiing. 1 pair of snow pants for skiing.
  • Pajamas and Extras. 1 pair of warm pajamas. 2 pairs of ski socks + regular socks. 1 pair of winter boots.
20 Dec 2021

Is October a good time to visit New Hampshire? ›

Best time of year to visit New Hampshire

Choose May to June and September to October as the best time to visit New Hampshire. It has comfortable weather conditions with a load of things to do. Late spring brings lobster season but also rainy days. However, they almost vanish as June sets in.

What is the best time to visit White Mountains? ›

You can visit White Mountain National Forest year-round, but the best time of year is late spring to mid-fall. The summer months are warm and a popular time for hiking and biking. You can catch the leaves changing color in late September and early October.

What is North Conway NH known for? ›

In 2020, North Conway made two of USA Today's Reader's Choice Awards lists and took home the top spot as the “Best Ski Town” and was in the top 10 for “Best Small Town for Adventure”.

What is the trendy color for 2022? ›

Leading paint companies Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams all agree: 2022 is the year for gray-green. The sophisticated hue symbolizes balance and harmony often seen in the natural world.

Is pink a fall color 2022? ›

Yes, pink is in style for fall 2022.

What's the new color for 2022? ›

For the first time in Pantone's history, the global color authority dreamt up a brand-new shade for its 2022 color of the year selection. Dubbed Very Peri (Pantone 17-3938), the dynamic periwinkle blue boasts a warm violet-red undertone and signals novelty in these, yes still, unprecedented times.

What do you call people who look at leaves? ›

Definition of leaf peeper

US. : a person who visits wooded areas in autumn to view the changing colors of the foliage Leaf peepers in northern Maine will find more orange blazing in the forestlands than they might have found in previous years … —

When can I see the leaves changing? ›

Leaves can change their color from as early as late September all the way through early November. Typically the second and third week of October are the peak times, but it shifts depending on where you live.

Why do people love the fall season? ›

Many people see fall as a time for a fresh start, perhaps due to long-held associations with going back to school in September. Psychology experts say we can maximize the mental health benefits of the season by spending time in nature, setting goals, and prioritizing favorite activities.

What famous people are from Vermont? ›

Actors and theater figures
  • Ben Bagley, musical theater producer and innovator.
  • Orson Bean, film, television and stage actor.
  • Field Cate, actor, musician.
  • Luis Guzmán, actor.
  • Will Lyman, actor.
  • Kevin McKenzie, artistic director, American Ballet Theater.
  • Alessandro Nivola, actor & producer.

What is unique about Vermont? ›

Vermont was first to abolish slavery in its constitution. – Vermont was the first State to legally recognize gay couples when it created civil unions, and it's the first state to pass marriage equality through the legislature. – It is the birthplace of two U.S. Presidents - Calvin Coolidge and Chester A. Arthur.

What does past peak foliage look like? ›

So, “past peak” means many things to many people. Most time, as the leaves lose their “peak” color and brightness, they will get duller and darker and they will either still be on the tree or they will be on the ground. Especially after a windy or stormy day.

What is Vermont color? ›

Known as the Green Mountain State, it comes as no surprise that the color green is integral to the State of Vermont's visual identity. The Vermont Green shown to the right is the official State color and is the only green to be used within the Moon Over Mountains logo.

What is Vermont known for? ›

Vermont is known for its forested natural beauty, majestic green mountains, scenic hiking trails, and destination-worthy skiing. The state is also famous for its picturesque wooden covered bridges, of which there are more than 100.

What colors are in this fall 2022? ›

Last week, the color institute revealed its fall 2022 color report that named a wide range of hues as the season's reigning color trends. The report ranged from neutrals, like ivory and a peachy beige to bold colors like a neon orange, emerald green and golden yellow.

Which state has the most beautiful fall foliage? ›

Stowe, Vermont, is widely regarded as the nation's best place for viewing fall colors.

What are the fall colors for 2021? ›

The Colors That Dominated the Fall 2021 Runways Are Here

Designers stuck to basic silhouettes and a serene color palette of soothing powder blues, sage greens, and mellow corals for the most part. The result was like the Calm app in clothing form: a comforting sartorial message of hope amid a (very) turbulent year.

What do people wear in Vermont in September? ›

What to Wear in Vermont in Autumn? We would say the best type of clothing should include layers. During the day the sun is still strong enough and you can easily wear t-shirts and shorts. But the nights get significantly colder, so long sleeves and pants are necessary.

Is Vermont a good place to live? ›

A new CNBC report ranks Vermont as the best place to live in America. The business channel used factors like affordable housing, education quality, cost of living, healthcare quality, job opportunities and environment to come up with the state rankings.

Where do you fly into for Vermont? ›

Burlington International Airport is a convenient point of access to northern and central Vermont, servicing major air carriers including JetBlue, United, American Airlines, and Delta. Flights from New York to Burlington, Vermont's largest city and home to its international airport, are just an hour from New York City.

What is the number one tourist attraction in Vermont? ›

Ben & Jerry's

Unquestionably Vermont's most popular tourist attraction for children, Ben & Jerry's factory tour is a favorite experience for adults, too.

What are Vermont people called? ›

People who live in Vermont are called Vermonters.

What famous people are from Vermont? ›

Actors and theater figures
  • Ben Bagley, musical theater producer and innovator.
  • Orson Bean, film, television and stage actor.
  • Field Cate, actor, musician.
  • Luis Guzmán, actor.
  • Will Lyman, actor.
  • Kevin McKenzie, artistic director, American Ballet Theater.
  • Alessandro Nivola, actor & producer.

Videos

1. Fall Foliage Forecast (2022)
(Weather Watcher )
2. New England's foliage forecast for Fall 2022
(FOX 61)
3. 4 Oct 2021 fall foliage report
(Jeff Folger)
4. When To Expect Your Peak Fall Foliage!
(Direct Weather)
5. Maine's fall foliage report, and the woman behind it
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6. Fall Foliage Report: Cooler Temps To Drive Bloom Of Bright Colors
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