Officials with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation released the group’s first foliage report last week, and it features some good news for soon-to-be leaf peepers.

a large green field with a mountain in the background: FILE - Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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FILE – Foliage in Vermont, as seen from Hogback Mountain

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The report says several factors have contributed to predictions of a strong foliage season — strong growth last year, a dry Spring season and a lack of forest pests.

“Although many factors contribute to the vibrancy and length of Vermont’s foliage season and some are yet to unfold, conditions so far point to an exciting display of color again this year,” wrote Michael Snyder, commissioner of DFPR.

Additional updates are expected from the group each week as fall kicks off and the bright colors of foliage continue to pop up.

While foliage season typically runs between mid-September and late October, it can be difficult to determine when those “perfect” mountainside views will occur. Those hoping to take some of the guesswork out of the process can visit our page featuring an interactive foliage map.

For those looking to enjoy the best views in the Green Mountain State, our team has you covered. You can follow our driving tour through some of central Vermont’s most iconic locations where residents and visitors alike can take in some truly breathtaking views of mountainsides, riverbanks and more draped in bright foliage.

Anyone hoping to visit from out of state should abide by public health guidelines put forward by the state, including a statewide mask mandate.

Visitors should also ensure they are coming from an approved county to avoid a mandatory two-week quarantine period. The state’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development updates an interactive map every Friday with the latest travel information.

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