Vermont Foliage Reports Begin September 18 has announced the scheduled release on September 18 of the Foliage Report.

New this year, the report – which will be issued until October 30 – will include a map that features recommended driving routes, an audio update, and hiking/walking trail recommendations. The information will be gathered from a weekly survey of more than a dozen state foresters, led by the state’s lead foliage forecaster, Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.

With the highest percentage of maples trees in New England, one-third of which are sugar and red maples responsible for producing red hues, Vermont is said to have the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76% forested and home to more than 50 state parks, “leaf peepers” may view foliage across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forests. tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour include: lodging availability and midweek packages, Fall foliage forecaster, scenic drives and byways, and Fall travel tips.