Strolling the Revolutionary War site Hubbardton Battlefield.
Photo Credit : Sara Gray
Vermont may be one of the best-known fall foliage destinations in the country, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you can’t find your own quiet slice of leaf-peeper heaven here. The Green Mountain State is teeming with winding back roads and smaller communities that offer all the prime Vermont fall foliage you’re craving, minus the crowds and traffic.
FOUR FAVORITE HIDDEN VERMONT FALL FOLIAGE SPOTS
In the northern Vermont town of Montgomery, you can enjoy six covered bridges — the most of any single town in the country — and a lovely landscape of farmland and forest, as well as nearby viewing excursions such as a scenic cruise on Lake Memphremagog and an aerial tram ride up Jay Peak.
Get all of our Montgomery foliage essentials — including insider tips on a don’t-miss covered bridge, local ice ciders, and crossing into Canada for some handmade bonbons — in the September/October 2017 feature “Hidden Gold.”
BURKE & LYNDONVILLE
Slightly southeast, in the neighboring towns of Burke and Lyndonville, historic architecture and plentiful bike trails complement the fall color. Drive or bike to the top of Burke Mountain for views of Mount Pigsah and Mount Hor, or head to nearby St. Johnsbury to stroll the peaceful grounds of Dog Mountain, home of the world’s only dog chapel.
Get all of our Lyndonville/Burke foliage essentials — including where to go to sip espresso or browse secondhand books, plus rainy-day museum picks — in the September/October 2017 feature “Hidden Gold.”
In central Vermont, the town of Brandon is so charming there are actually rocking chairs on the downtown sidewalks. Put on your walking shoes to admire the nearby Falls of Lana and sweeping Vermont fall foliage views at Hubbardton Battlefield, a state historic site commemorating the 1777 Revolutionary War battle.
Get all of our Brandon foliage essentials — including where to relax over an upscale alfresco lunch and which road to cruise for top autumn views — in the September/October 2017 feature “Hidden Gold.”
The southern Vermont town of Ludlow is the ideal place to plan a colorful foliage picnic. Stock up on provisions at Singleton’s General Store before heading to Buttermilk Falls to enjoy your spread. For a dose of history, the meticulously preserved Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth offers tours of a dozen buildings, including the Plymouth Cheese Factory.
Get all of our Ludlow foliage essentials — including where to find the state’s oldest continuously operating cheese maker and a “castle” where you can spend the night — in the September/October 2017 feature “Hidden Gold.”
Where are your favorite hidden Vermont fall foliage spots?