“Areas over 1,300 feet in the Northeast Kingdom are currently at peak color. The Green Mountains and their foothills are rapidly approaching peak this week,” said foresters who contributed to the report. “Even in southern Vermont, high elevations in Windham, Bennington, and Rutland counties are at near-peak color, with a variety of reds and yellows dominating the landscape.”
For southern Vermont, the valleys and areas still with a good amount of green; peak is expected to come in the next week or so, according to the report.
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What to know about Vermont’s weekend weather forecast
For leaf peepers, this could be a popular weekend for visiting Vermont. Friday looks nice and in the mid-70s for a high, while Saturday and Sunday return to more autumn-like temperatures with highs in the 50s and 60s. Rain returns to the Burlington area for much of Saturday with showers lingering into Sunday morning. You may want to plan for a foliage driving tour on Saturday instead of a summit hike to take in the views.
Where and how to view the best foliage in Vermont this week
Vermont foresters suggest checking out leaf-changing across the state this week in these locations:
Northern Vermont – the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, U.S. 2 through Danville, Victory Bog, peaks in the Northeast Kingdom including Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor, Vermont 100 between Stowe and Morrisville, the Green Mountain Scenic Byway.
Central Vermont – Allis State Park, Vermont 12A between Randolph and Northfield.
Southern Vermont – Vermont 9 between Brattleboro and Wilmington including the 100-Mile View of Hogback Mountain, the Molly Stark Scenic Byway and Vermont routes 30 and 133 in southwestern VT.