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This Special foliage report is just a compilation of yesterday’s and today’s reports, and any general guidance sent in by your fellow travelers…

The Peacham view as I call it is the Church and barn in Peacham Vermont. I've been photographing it for some years now and this view seems to be one of the more pleasing ones.

The Peacham view as I call it is the Church and barn in Peacham Vermont.

Generally the fall colors have been slow to come in fully in Vermont and Maine with color being around 30 -50% towards peak. The NorthEast Kingdom seems to be doing most of the moving towards full fall colors.  I saw very bright colors on the dirt back roads above and around Peacham and west Barnet.

In Maine, Heather at the Cozy Moose cabins, says the night time temps have been well into the 30s so the fall colors in Greenville Maine should be ramping up this weekend and peak or nearly so by next week… (lets cross our fingers)

The current weather is cloudy tomorrow and sunny on Sunday in most parts of northern NE. But! it should be sunny all this next week, so I’m thinking we’ll see a lot of peak showing up this coming week!…  I’m completely at the mercy of this fickle Mother Nature… and her high pressures… But with next week being sunny, the next weekend should be very nice for Columbus Day Weekend… If this pattern holds…

Foliage Reports from Vermont

Jay Putt
Hey Jeff,
Up here in lovely St. Johnsbury thanks to Joaquin deciding not to visit my house. 🙂
I am not sure if you are reporting specific locations, but Route 2 from Guildhall to St. Johnsbury is about 60%. There are some areas that are absolutely gorgeous, including a shot down a hill towards a barn with the river to the left just before you come into the town. Here’s hoping for much more this week. Thanks again for all the help!
Linda Baird-White
Backside of the Thurman Dix Reservoir
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1231914113491594&set=a.620945234588488.164185.100000190502698&type=3&theater
Kyle Ugalde Photography
Seyon Fishing area in the Groton State Forest in Vermont, Thursday afternoon 10/1/15.
https://www.facebook.com/kyleugaldephoto/photos/o.94506448717/940519656019408/?type=3&theater
Ann Bandon
Lincoln Gap Road heading to Warren, Vt on 10/1.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207484841379210&set=o.94506448717&type=3&theater

Scenic routes to try, based on the reports

Route 2 from Luneberg west to St Johnsbury and on to Danville catching Route 15 north past Walden and Wolcott (covered train bridge there) crossing Route 100 and I would continue to 109 and take that north to Beividere, north to Montgomery (5 more covered bridges there) East on 242 to Troy VT.

Next you might look at Barre VT and follow 302 SE to Orange and it meanders its way into NH and my NH recommended scenic drive over there… but lets hit route 5 south to Bradford and take 25 back NW to Orange or better yet take Brook rd over to Corinth corner. You can then make your way to Chelsea and onto 110 and either south to Tunbridge or north back to Orange

Foliage Reports from New Hampshire
John Burk Nature Photography
The red maples have finally popped around Mount Monadnock! Wasn’t sure how they’d look this year with the dry periods, but this afternoon (10/1) was quite colorful.
https://www.facebook.com/140607728653/photos/o.94506448717/10153539130763654/?type=3&theater

Bev Silverness
Kancamagus Highway
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156291403910107&set=o.94506448717&type=3&theater
M.Jenne Photography
Of all my driving today, I really enjoyed the drive on 16 between Berlin and Errol. A lot of nice color on the Androscoggin River and in the 13 Mile Woods. This was taken late morning today (10/1/2015).
https://www.facebook.com/M.JennePhotography/photos/o.94506448717/894167800638823/?type=3&theater

Karen Wakefield Leh
Mt Washington from the Eisenhower Wayside Rte 302 yesterday – difficult to digitally capture that beautiful scene!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1614615865465897&set=o.94506448717&type=3&theater

Scenic routes to try, based on the reports

Taking 302 past Littleton and south through Crawford Notch will afford you many nice views and a could of waterfalls at road side. then pick up route 16 north through Pinkham Notch and past Mount Washington hitting Gorham NH. You can head up 16 to Berlin and take it past Milan (remember Milan hill state park has the fire tower with the wonderful views on 110B) or continue to Errol. Not much in Errol for village/town views but the road passes through mountain valleys and that can be wonderful to see.

You could then take 26 West past Dixville Notch ending up in Colebrook and take 3 south to Lancaster (a town with a little more size and a… wait for it… A covered bridge.) 🙂

If you would like jump off on 102 and head south in Guildhall and you might find the Guildhall gristmill.

gristmill with water wheel with orange and yellow autumn fall colors

gristmill with waterwheel (its actually in VT but almost in NH)

I hope some of this helps!

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My name is Jeff Folger,
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I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

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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My name is Jeff Folger, but people call me Jeff Foliage. I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/ My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com. I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild. Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like. 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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Weekend fall foliage update 3-4 Oct — 12 Comments

  1. Hi Jeff – We are heading to Stowe on coming weekend, hope to find some good colors.We need your advice/guidance on were to take the pictures we see all the time in Stowe with fall colors and Church?

  2. Thank you, Jeff, for that good advice. But now, I am getting scared: I’ve been reading on this site that people are reporting leaves going from green to brown with no colors. Do you think that this is a year of dull or no color?

    • I could be a dull year except that I have seen bright colors along many road sides. 2011 was a very dull years and usually results from too much rain… Not our problem this year. Mother Nature is going to have to give an extra push with cooler temps and frosts and sunshine to make it happen… It may just all be delayed or it may still happen or not more than it is now.. One note is that my wife feels except for the most critical (like me) most everybody will be very happy with what they find… Ask the question on the FB page, I’m hearing happy reports so I don’t think you’ll miss out on too much. Just do what I always say.. Have a plan for a festival or an event or a covered bridge or museum.. Once you’ve done these and you are on the way to the next one you will probably see very nice color and that is the way of it. If you come with the only thought is to go from tree to tree… I hate to say it that is both boring and not the point of coming to New England.. You come for the whole package. Visit the birthplace of America. Walk on the Battle road in Lexington. Visit a apple orchard and taste the harvest textures that autumn brings to us… These are what autumn is all about… 🙂 I’ll get off my soapbox now…

  3. Hello Jeff, after much thought, I booked a motel in White River Junction for Oct. 7 – Oct 15. I feel this is the perfect base for doing day trips in any direction. I printed out TONS of possible fall foliage scenic drives in Vermont & New Hampshire but my question is: how will I know each day which of all these drives has the best fall foliage scenery? Do I check with the Visitors’ Center? Will I get this info on your website? Or something else?

    • If you have wifi you can check my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandFoliage and see what is being reported by “others” on the page. I try to get the reports up on the “front” on the page as soon as I see them. But once you are in place you need to realize that not much is going to change while you are here… It will not be like someone turns on a light buld in one spot and everybody screams, There is peak!!! 🙂 Well it may seem like it.
      This season is going to be a slow to develop so which ever road you are on IS the right road. There are no real wrong roads. If you find a road that is all bare threes then continue elsewhere because most likely it’s only that short stretch of road is like that and a few miles down the road it will be much better.
      Also I think right now you will be heading north each morning as the colors are being very stubborn right now.

  4. Thank you for your detailed updates, I can’t tell you how much we enjoy them, including the inspiring photos, My husband and I will be traveling from Long Island to Lower Waterford Vt to Jackson NH,,,Can you recommend a scenic route? We will begin our travels on Wednesday the 7th,
    Thank you,

    • It depends on your time frame. more time slower routes and less time take highways.. That said leave NY and catch route 15 near White plains the pick up route 7 north. Follow 7 up through CT into MA and into VT. You can crossover to Route 100 and head north. NOTE!!!! Be off the road by noonish on Friday because a million + people will be heading north on Friday afternoon and evening. Then Sat to Monday stay on dirt roads like around Barnet, Thetford (barn museum there) and similar places.
      Hit 302 in NH very colorful but could be crowded so you can hit a bit north of that and Routes 2 and 110 near Jeffersonville and Stark and Milan and Berlin.. Also hit Ravenwood in Jackson.. 🙂

  5. On Oct. 2, I drove from the Berkshires up Rt. 100 in VT as far as Stowe. Was surprised (but very pleasantly) that the trees a little more central (especially Killington and Rt. 4 E and W) were well on their way to bursting with color. Many areas near brilliant. Would gladly attach photo but not sure how.

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