The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (VTFPR) along with the Green Mountain Club (GMC) encourage Vermonters to get out and enjoy foliage season. As the leaves start to turn and the air grows cooler, hikers are expected to hit the trails in great numbers. Peak foliage season means that many people want to get outside.
“We expect this year’s foliage to be spectacular,” said Michael Snyder, VTFPR’s Commissioner. “The deep reds, bright oranges and yellows will bring people from all over New England, the United States and beyond. Vermont is world famous for our changing leaves.”
While many people seek the fantastic views from the state’s highest peaks, if you do decide to head to our most popular trails, you will likely encounter many other people along the way. If that’s what you’re looking for, then great. If not, there are wonders to be seen on even the shortest walks around leafy village greens or your local town forest. We encourage you to explore a new place this year. Check out Vermont’s Trail Finder website (www.trailfinder.info) and find a new, lesser known place to beat the crowds.
No matter where you decide to go, please be considerate. That beautiful dirt road may be the quickest route to your next hiking adventure, but someone else calls it home. Please drive slowly and safely, and obey parking signs. And remember to pack out what you bring in.
Hikers are also reminded that clear, cool, and crisp days lead into clear and surprisingly cold nights. If you’re venturing into the woods on a hike, be sure to dress appropriately, bring plenty of food and water, and don’t forget your headlamp. The days are beautiful, but growing shorter all the time! Now get out and enjoy before you need to trade in leaf-peeping for leaf-raking!