Vermont Foliage Reports Begin September 18 as Colors Commence Across the State

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The stage is set for a beautiful foliage season as early fall colors begin to emerge in Vermont

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Vermont Foliage Reports Begin Sept. 18

Impending cool nights and reduced daylight hours will soon evoke the green leaves to transform to red, orange and yellow. In these early stages of fall foliage, the best colors can generally be found in higher elevations, the northern sections of the state, and in wetter low-lying areas, where swamp maples bring an early splash of crimson.

New this year, the Foliage Report will be issued Tuesdays, September 18-October 30. The Foliage Report will include a map that features best driving routes, an audio update and hiking/walking trail recommendations. The information will be comprised from a weekly survey of a 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 intense red hues, Vermont has the most vibrant fall foliage in the northeast. As Vermont is 76 percent forested and home to more than 50 state parks, leaf peepers can view expansive foliage across more than 300,000 acres of state-owned forests beautifully contrasted next to farm valleys, towns and waterways. tools for planning a Vermont Fall Foliage tour include:

  •     Lodging Availability & Midweek Packages
  •     Fall Foliage Forecaster
  •     Scenic Drives & Byways
  •     Fall Travel Tips

For more information, visit Leaf peepers can also easily stay up-to-date on the color progression of Vermont’s foliage by calling the Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-VERMONT.

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