I have found near-peak fall foliage in Vermont starting from around 30 Sept/1Oct and ending down south around 20 Oct. I also have found “nice color” as early as 23 Sept but never earlier than that. Nice color equates to 35% towards peak. It’s usually in places like Hazen’s notch off Route 58. I’ve never found great color before 1 Oct in Peacham VT. I believe it has to do with the temps and weather patterns over Peacham.
This can go on for quite a while as we analyse year by year for Vermont. But the general dates above give a bit of guidance.
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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.