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This will be the final fall foliage outlook for the Columbus Day weekend!  Read the bottom part below!!

Even without perfect weather, this year is the year to get out on a drive!  I did a drive around central VT on Thursday. I covered Pomfret and Woodstock VT and Henniker NH.

Foliage taken down but not out…

In Pomfret VT a red barn with an American flag on it  sit amid fall foliage

Pomfret barn in red with American flag

I found that in Pomfret the colors were muted to this deep golden hue (seen at left) which means it is past peak. Or I found bare trees. But the barns along the road were wonderful to look at, like this one.

Middle bridge in Woodstock Vermont is a covered bridge with fall foliage around the entrance

Middle bridge in Woodstock VT

Over in Woodstock the situation was the same but with a bit more color and it may have been protected from the possible freeze that I surmise, was the culprit in bringing an early end to the color around Woodstock.

The good news is that you don’t have to drive too far to get back to color (this area is isolated and not everywhere). I went down Route 4 and by the time I hit Route 100 I was seeing more color on the hills above the road.

Henniker NH still coming into color

The henniker covered bridge in henniker NH with fall foliage reflecting in the river.

The henniker covered bridge

Henniker NH was maybe 70% to 90%  of peak color and even that is early. I think by early next week the color should be at peak in this area.

There are many areas to view the bridge by the college but this view I was inspired by a photo on the Yankee fall foliage website some years ago and I finally found it and I can’t wait to try to get it at peak color…  Are you going to join me?

Peak or near peak extends across New England

Peak fall foliage color on the Kancamagus highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Peak fall foliage color on the Kancamagus highway

The good news is that Peak or near peak extends across a wide swath of New England. I’ve been getting reports that peak or near peak conditions exist from the northern areas of VT, NH, and ME. Butch Lombardi called to say he seeing incredible color in Kingfield Maine.

There is still peak or near peak from the Kanc north to Dixville Notch NH. In VT the peak conditions exist from the North East Kingdom over to the west and down into central VT and in some cases good color in southern areas.

Maine reports are spotty but the Maine fall foliage website is showing peak fall foliage across the northern portions of the state and high color (70% which ain’t bad) over the rest…

Walls of fall colors that reach for the sky

Walls of fall colors

The Massachusetts tourism recording is calling for Peak in the Berkshires and good color in the central areas of MA. You can call the tourism line (if it was a real hot line it would be dedicated to fall foliage but it’s not). The number is 800-227-6277 and option 4 is for fall foliage.

I hope all of you reading this get through it fast and then get out on the road!!! Even with less than perfect weather there will be a ton of beautiful sights to see and harvest items to see and taste. (think Cider donuts and hot or cold cider (although with rain on Sunday hot may be the way to go)…

I hope to see you out there!

Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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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.
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Best fall foliage seen in years! BUT! — 8 Comments

  1. Jeff, an amazing sight! Many thanks for the articles, photos and updates.

    Arun,I just got back from the Kancamagus Highway. Today’s weather was spectacular. It was just like a late summer day. The foliage is just past peak but still very colorful. There are lots of yellows, browns and a bit of orange. I did not see much red during the drive- at least up close. If you view the trees from afar at one of the vistas, they do appear a bit more.

    After finishing Rt 112 (Kanc) I drive Rt 16 south to Rt 25. There are more green colors and lots of yellow. Chocorua lake was very nice.

    The Boston area has a lot of maple trees that are still red/orange. Rt 16 around Wellesley has some vibrant color. My favorite spot is a church with a large maple or two.

    My own plans are to drive Rt 2 West through Massachusetts and meander into Rt 100 in Vermont.

    • Thanks, I passed the word along on the Foliage FB page… I hope you find some really great color.. Have you tried sliding over into Maine? Rangely is sounding like it’s got great color.. (I’m heading there in the morning)

      • Wasn’t able to get over to Maine or NH.Today (10/6) I ended up driving Rt 2 in Central Mass. The areas near Boston are still pretty green- that means there is till plenty of time for anybody who has not visited the area yet. At Rt 2, starting at Concord it’s mostly green. Going West, at the foot of Wachussett Mountain the maples are now red, green and orange.I would definitely recommend the mountain for a hike. They may also have the road to the summit open to cars.

        • Thanks Josh.. I was out that way today near Sturbridge Village and then the Quabbin. There are many areas that are still spotty or full green and we need some sun and cool temps for the other trees to catch up… 🙂

  2. Jeff, I will be in Concord, NH from Oct 12 to Oct 15. Do you think Kancamagus Hwy and White Mountains region will be past peak by then? If so, where do you suggest we drive to see great colors and some covered bridges?

    • It’s sounding like the Whites will be past peak by that time and I would say Lakes region or even Massachusetts… It’s great color this year but it’s happening fast and furious also…

  3. Jeff, I am really enjoying your blog and fine it very helpful. My husband and I will be coming to the New England area Oct 8 -18th from Oregon. We will be in the Concord, N.H. area on Friday, Oct. 12. I would like to go to Henniker, so my husband could take pictures of the covered bridge. How can we find the location from which you shot the above picture? Best regards, Sharon

    • Downtown Henniker is a college and there is one river cutting through the town. If you don’t make it too tough you will come into town on the main road and drive over the stone bridge look to the left or right (depends on which way you cross the bridge and you will see the covered bridge. You will also be sitting or driving over the bridge that I shot under… I hope this helps.

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