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Late-season fall foliage in Vermont is continuing in the state's southern valleys and the Champlaign Valley region, state tourism officials report. This week, the state is highlighting the Connecticut River Byway in southern and central Vermont.
While Vermont’s northern and higher elevations are past peak, hikers and leaf-peepers should keep in mind that the views from the trails will be opening and that the understory foliage continues to be bright, tourism officials say. In Addison and Rutland Counties, colorful foliage can be found on Route 116 from Starksboro to East Middlebury, Route 17 from Bristol to Addison, and Route 7 between Middlebury and Rutland. Also try Route 140 from Wallingford to Poultney, Route 4 from Fair Haven to Rutland, Route 3 from Pittsford to West Rutland, Route 30 from Poultney to Cornwall, Route 73 from Sudbury to Lake Champlain, and Route 22A from Fair Haven to Bridport.
In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Route 5, the Connecticut River Byway, Route 7A from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 100 from Plymouth to Wilmington, Route 103 from Proctorsville to Rockingham, Route 9 from Brattleboro to Marlboro, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane.
"Although foliage color has passed peak in much of Vermont, there are still great viewing opportunities, especially in the south and in much of the Champlain Valley, and there are scattered, isolated areas of excellent color in more sheltered pockets to be found all across the state," Michael Snyder, commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks & Recreation said. “Also, community and urban trees often offer wonderful late color in stately old sugar maples that mark town greens and village streets. And remember, even after the leaves fall, there's another few weeks of beautiful color on the ground to enhance those late fall forest hikes and mountain bike rides.”