The weather may not agree but it's officially Fall and all Vermonters know what that means — foliage! The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the Green Mountains are starting to change. It's the perfect time to go for a scenic drive, take a hike, or enjoy one of the great festivals going on in Southern Vermont this season. Fall is the perfect time to visit the Green Mountain State, although we think it's great regardless of the season.
Here in Southern Vermont the landscape already has the Autumnal gold glow. We suggest taking a drive up Skyline Drive to the very top of Mount Equinox to enjoy a panoramic view of five different mountain ranges as they turn from green to fiery reds, warm golds, and deep purples.
Stratton is another great place to enjoy the foliage, as it is Vermont's highest peak. Don't miss Stratton's annual Columbus Day Weekend Celebration from October 7 - 9. Spend the day at Stratton Mountain Resort enjoying the chili cook-off, brewfest, pumpkin painting, hay rides, live music, and so much more!
We would also recommend getting out in the crisp Autumn air and taking one of the myriad of day hikes in the Manchester, Vermont area. Some of our favorite family-friendly day hikes include Antone Mountain in Rupert, Haystack Mountain in Pawlet, Little Rock Pond on the Long Trail, and Prospect Rock in Manchester.
Regardless of how you get out there to see the leaves change, you'll want to keep in mind that we typically only get about 2 weeks of prime foliage in October. This can vary by elevation and location so we recommend checking the Vermont Foliage Report for recent updates on where the best places to see the foliage are.