Fall Foliage in Vermont
Fall is the shortest of the four seasons in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, but the most spectacular. The air is crisp and cool. The countryside is vibrant with color.
Leave the interstate and follow the country lanes and backroads that wind their way through forests ablaze in yellow, orange, and red foliage. Better yet, get out of your car and bike or hike off-road along lumber trails and paths that run deep into the forests. Or canoe on rivers or quiet lakes reflecting autumn colors. The Northeast Kingdom has more lakes than any other part of Vermont.
Many of the small villages you pass through will be alive with harvest festivals, church suppers, bake sales, craft shows, tag sales, and entertainment ranging from rubber duck races to cow plop bingo. Given its location, Quimby’s uniquely offers the opportunity to see bordering Quebec and some of its charming small towns ablaze in their own foliage finest.
The forests in the Northeast Kingdom are always the first to change color in Vermont, usually from the end of September to very early October. Quimby Country, in Averill, is the perfect base to explore the area on both sides of the Canadian border, and the nearby Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge offers the renowned Lewis Pond Overlook, a regular “must go” destination to foliage fanatics.
Fall Foliage Tours in Vermont
Northern Vermont Fall Foliage Tour
One Hour, Thirty-Five Minute Route
From Quimby’s, get back on Rt. 114 West to Norton and South to Island Pond, which is one of the wildest stretches of roads in the Northeast Kingdom with plenty of swampy areas along the road that attract moose. Then, head East on Rt. 105 along the Nulhagen River to Bloomfield. The higher elevations along Rt. 105 usually have spectacular color. You can stop in the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Brunswick along the way. In Bloomfield, you can go North on Rt. 102 along the Connecticut River to Canaan where you can get back on Rt. 114 West to Quimby Country. The route is 68 miles and will take at least about 90 minutes, not counting stops.
Northern Vermont Fall Color Tour
Two Hour, Twenty-Five Minute Route
From Quimby’s, get back on Rt. 114 West to Norton and South to Island Pond, which is one of the wildest stretches of roads in the Northeast Kingdom with plenty of swampy areas along the road that attract moose. Then, continue South out of Island Pond on Rt. 114 to the pretty village of East Burke where you can take the auto road up Burke Mountain for beautiful views all the way to New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. From East Burke, you can continue South on Rt. 114 to Lyndon, a five-mile, tree-lined drive that is one of the most scenic in Vermont. Lyndon itself is considered “the covered bridge capital of the Northeast Kingdom.” From Lyndon, you can backtrack North on Rts. 5 and 5A through Willoughby State Park and along the shore of Lake Willoughby, going towards Derby Center. Turn right on Rt. 111 to drive east by the spectacular cliffs of Seymour Lake on your way back to Rt. 114 North and Quimby Country. The route is 104 miles and will take about two and a half hours, not counting stops.