By Julia Helal

Photo by K. Rose courtesy Local Motion

Photo by K. Rose courtesy Local Motion

Known far and wide to unfurl some of the best fall foliage in the world, Vermont never fails to bring the spectacular every Autumn. Starting around mid-September, our trees shift from their rich summer green to vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow. With three-quarters of the state covered in forest canopy and the highest concentration of maple trees in the country, it comes as no surprise that Vermont’s foliage brings visitors from near and far to soak in the stunning views. Here are a few options that are easily accessible when you’re in Greater Burlington.


Mount Philo State Park

With a summit that can be reached by an easy-going 0.75-mile hike or by car, Mount Philo is a top destination with stunning views overlooking both Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. In the fall, the brilliant colors of autumn reflect off the lake, creating a breathtaking vista.


Smuggler’s Notch

Take a trip down VT-108 starting in Jeffersonville for a thrilling drive through Smuggler’s Notch. This winding, narrow road through some of Vermont’s favorite ski mountains showcases the best of brilliant fall foliage.

photo by Michael Heeney

photo by Michael Heeney

Route 100

The coveted Route 100 corridor is arguably one of the best routes to take in the picturesque Vermont fall foliage scenes. In total, a trip along Route 100 is more than a 5-hour drive. However, it can be broken up easily into a shorter, yet just as scenic journey for those desiring a quicker trip. 


Shelburne Farms

Just a short drive from Burlington and nestled along Lake Champlain, Shelburne Farms’ rolling hills and walking trails are sure to deliver spectacular foliage and lake views.


Foliage Chair Lift Ride at Mad River Glen

 This year, take on the slopes without the powder and the parkas. This scenic lift ride is the perfect leisurely viewing of Vermont’s fall foliage with panoramic, bird’s eye views of the leaves below.

Come grab some cider donuts and take in spectacular in Vermont this fall!