Fall's Color Capital
A classic New England village at the base of Vermont's highest peak, Stowe is the perfect place to spend the foliage season. From early September through late October, you can delight in the pure gold, orange and red hues while enjoying your favorite outdoor activity!
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More Fall Events
Autumn in Stowe has begun! The leaves are are beginning to change and color is starting to come in nicely. Check back for our regular foliage reports!
How to View the Foliage
For over a hundred years people have traveled to Stowe to marvel at gorgeous mountain vistas and beautiful fall colors. Still, it is one of the most popular times to visit and take advantage of Stowe’s plethora of outdoor activities.Enjoy scenic drives throughout the area (see below), and choose from a variety of other unique ways to experience the incredible fall foliage: guided tours, boat charters, soaring, gondola rides, dog carting, river and lake tours, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, carriage and wagon rides, ghostly lantern tours, brewery tours, winery tours, hiking, and exciting zip line tours.
Fun Foliage Facts
As a general rule, you can be assured of viewing brilliant colors from the last week of September through the first two weeks of October in Stowe, Vermont.
June 21st, the longest day of the year, is the day that begins the chemical changes in the trees that months later produce the vibrant hues of reds, gold's and yellows we see and know as foliage!
Shorter days and colder temperatures cause chlorophyll (the green pigment found in leaves) to move from the leaf to the branch. The hues of yellow and orange (that were always present) then become visible.
Warmer fall days produce sugar in the leaves, which is then trapped in the leaf when the temperature drops at night. As the sugar accumulates, the leaves turn hues of red.
Leaves of the sugar maple, red maple, red oak, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood, typically turn hues of red. However, they can produce yellow leaves as well.
Leaves of birch, elm, poplar, redbud and hickory, always turn hues of gold & yellow.
Leaves of the Sumac tree produce a maroon color.
The weather plays a large role in foliage...Cool nights and warm fall days, a wet spring and a temperate summer (not too hot, cold, rainy, etc.) all make for a fantastic leaf-peeping season, which means that in 2016, we are sure to see SPECTACULAR FOLIAGE!
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|Drive Title||Length||Directions||Color Rating|
|Moscow & Little River||7.6mi||Directions|
|Edson Hill & West Hill||10.9mi||Directions|
|Elmore Mountain & Randolph Road||19.6mi||Directions|
|Stowe Hollow, Ben & Jerry's and Cold Hollow Cider Mill||26mi||Directions|
|Sterling Valley & Mud City||24.8mi||Directions|
|Montpelier, Worcester, & Lake Elmore||57.3mi||Directions|
|Jeffersonville, Johnson, & Hyde Park||41.9mi||Directions|
|Craftsbury Common and Hazen's Notch||113mi||Directions|
|Stagecoach Road & back to Johnson||30mi||Directions|
|Gregg Hill, Winooski River and west approach to Nebraska Range||65.1mi||Directions|