Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) October 03, 2013
With a recent stretch of weather including sunny days and crisp nights, Vermont’s foliage has escalated to the next level of vibrancy and color. All areas of the state are now revealing gorgeous color with some localized outbursts of peak or near-peak conditions. Even with a couple weeks of prime viewing still to come, Vermont is experiencing a very good foliage season. “Even this veteran foliage observer is finding no shortage of ‘wow’ moments,” Forest Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike Snyder said.
This week, join us as we explore Montpelier, Middlesex and the Mad River Valley up into the highlands of Granville Gulf and the Appalachian Gap. We meet potter Kristin Ekstrand at Mud Studios and maple sugarmaker “Pops,” at his stand at Moss Glen Falls.
BEST DRIVES: With foliage color blossoming throughout the state, take the time to explore the two lane blacktop highways and the back roads into the hills:
In northern Vermont, recommended scenic routes for peak color viewing include Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 58 from Irasburg to Montgomery Center, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, and Route 102 along the Connecticut River.
In central Vermont, Route 302 east from Barre, Route 215 in Cabot, and Route 15 between Walden and Cambridge are suggested. Also, try back roads in Burke, Peacham, Barnet and Danville, which offer a variety of close-up and long-range views.
Bright foliage can be found along Route 232 through the Groton State Forest, Route 2 from Richmond to Montpelier, Route 100 between Warren and Moretown, and Route 17 between Waitsfield and Starksboro.
On the western side of central Vermont, Route 22A from Fair Haven to Shoreham, Route 73 from Rochester to Brandon, Route 140 from East Wallingford to Middletown Springs, Route 53 around Lake Dunmore, Route 30 from Castleton Corners to Whiting, and Route 7 between Danby and Rutland are showing good color.
In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Route 7A from Manchester to Bennington, Routes 153 and 315 near Rupert, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 5 between Brattleboro and Wilmington, Route 11 from Springfield to Londonderry, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane.