Vermont Foliage Report: Early Color at Hillsides and Northern Regions

In time for the weekend’s autumnal equinox, Vermont’s landscape is said to continue to unfold colorful foliage. While still early, colors are already showing in the higher elevations of the Northeast Kingdom, and in moist, low-lying areas with varying shades of orange, yellow and red.

Higher elevation areas in the northernmost regions are expected to offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys, and many low-lying marsh areas are expected to offer some of the most vivid and varied early season change. Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge is showing color, as are Routes 242 and 100 near Jay Peak; plus Routes 16 and 5A in the Lake Willoughby area. The Worcester Range and Mount Elmore along Route 12 north of Montpelier are tinged with early color, as are views from Route 14 in the Hardwick and Craftsbury region.

Route 103 is already revealing 5% to 20% early stages. Also recommended are Rte. 106 through Perkinsville; Tyson Rd. from Reading to Plymouth and East Hill Rd. in Andover, all in early stages of foliage.