Scenic fall foliage route NY to VT and back
This is my foliage route response from a letter in my mail bag. You are more likely to get a timely response by asking questions in the comments on my blog. I will answer emails but sometimes I don’t get to them in the same season. 🙁
Gayla sent an e-mail on a good foliage route to travel from Saratoga Springs, New York to Vermont and back. You may think that the route is too long for three days and two nights and you might be right. They wanted to get out see historical places and light hiking AND fall foliage so in reality they might only do one-quarter of what I listed here.
“Hi Gayla, for this trip I think you could look at 5 to 15 October as your date range of opportunity and where I would start is driving up Route 87 enjoying the views of the Eastern Adirondacks.
I would jump off on Route 8, taking it East and then following 9N. Follow that over to fort Ticonderoga. There should be during that time, beautiful fall colors and you can walk the fort and explore the history and then get back on to route 74 and proceed east to catch the ferry across into Vermont.
The ferry between Essex New York and Charlotte Vermont now runs through November and this is the link to the schedule.
As you come up ferry Road you will be in the town of Charlotte and on the left-hand side you will run into the old brick store. It has a large painting on the exterior western wall of a clock that really stands out. If you should arrive there around lunchtime be sure to stop in and grab a sandwich and a bottle of wine and simply enjoy. They have wonderful sandwiches.
Now you’ll jump onto Route 7 (but you could take the small back road of Route 22 which will take you up to the Shelburne Museum), either way you go the Shelburne Museum, is fine as it has a vast collection of folk and decorative art and buildings that have been collected from all over Vermont. There is even a lighthouse there that came from Lake Champlain.
You can pick your route from here you might go over to route 89 and come down to the Richmond exit and you should follow the signs into Richmond Vermont. You should be on route to South Route 2 and you want to get into the center of town and you will find the old round church of Richmond.
Now you should head down Route 2 and on your right you will see camels hump mountain and camels hump state Park here is a link to the trails and you should consult their website as for their ease of hiking and levels of difficulty.
just East of camels hump state Park is the fabled route 100 and you can take that South starting your loop back home.
Places of interest along Route 100 would be Mad River Valley and Waitsfield along with Granville and just South is Moss Glen Falls. These falls are very popular and as you are heading down south on Route 100 the road will be very twisty with high walls (and should have great fall colors).
The parking lot for the waterfalls will be immediately next to the road on your right.
If you get there a little earlier in the day it would be best because the parking lot can fill up and then you have no place to pull over and stop and I don’t want you to miss being able to get out and see the falls up close.
There is usually someone in the parking lot selling Vermont Maple syrup and other tourist items. And yes I suggest you stop and support the little business person.
There is a wooden path walkway out to the foot of the waterfall and the only downside is that there may or may not be a good flow of water over the waterfall depending on how much rain we’ve had recently.
Here is an article that details Moss Glen Falls. http://www.jeff-foliage.com/2014/01/moss-glen-falls-easy-waterfall/
from here your choices for foliage routes are wide and varied, you can make a right on route 125 and cross over to Middlebury which should be all very scenic and you’ll be traveling over the green mountains which while a very winding and somewhat treacherous road it should also be quite beautiful at the same time, just make sure that the driver pays attention to the road and not the fall colors.
— Explore New England (@Foliage_Reports) July 25, 2014
You could also continue heading south on 100 crossing West on Route 4 through Rutland and Whitehall and back to route 87
Aside from the dates which could vary either way, I think if you just pick and don’t worry so much about the dates, you’ll have enough locations with changes in elevations and activities to make for a wonderful mini-vacation.
Just remember that the further north you go the longer your trip in the car will be and if you make it shorter, you’ll be able to get out of the car more and relax more.
By the time you get back to Saratoga Springs I’m betting that the colors will be just developing towards peak and a wonderful way to come home.”
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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