2011 New England fall foliage conditions
I assume the big question on most leaf peepers minds is this: Are there any leaves left on the trees? (YES!)
I talked with both the Vermont and Massachusetts forestry service and both agree that while there was some leaf loss, it was early enough in the season that it didn’t impact the fall foliage in New England beyond a minor loss to the leaf canopy. In both cases they needed the rain… But they wished it had come down over a weeks time period and not over a few hours. 🙁
Road closures in general:
On the left side of the page I’ve posted links to all six New England states road status sites (Plus NY, who knows you may want to head there).
Be sure to bookmark this page and no matter where you travel in the next two months you will be able find out if your route will be impacted. It will also allow you to reroute your trip and get around the worse road outages.
Massachusetts and Connecticut road report:
As of today the roads in Massachusetts and Connecticut are in good shape and you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting around on the west side of either state. Traffic in and around Boston? Well that’s up to you to risk 🙂
Vermont road closures
Vermont seems to have gotten hit the hardest and there are roads out all through the southern half of the state. As of the 1st of Sept at 10AM, Route 7 has about 5 miles of closures on it. Route 100 was very hard hit and has many closures along it’s length. For the other road reports please click on the links that follow.
My Contact in the Vermont AOT has passed me a link for the State website that has road closures and openings. and you can get the most current information here http://www.aot.state.vt.us/. I also have the link for Vermont’s 511 on the left side of the page and this Google based map is a great resource for avoiding the road problems.
Luckily as of this morning it looks like only a couple of road closures are noted in the North East Kingdom. So you should have lots of options for travel, early in the fall foliage season. If you are going to visit between 15 Sept and 6 October then you will be most interested in the top 1/3 of Vermont and that area is in very good shape…
As we get to the second week of October though now you will need to pay close attention to the road reports to avoid having to back track or getting side tracked. “I believe” (my opinion only) is that most of the road closures will be fixed by the time the prime fall foliage viewing comes to mid or southern Vermont.
If you have any questions then leave a comment here or start a topic in the fall foliage forum.
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.