Foliage Central - Discover Scenic Drives, Foliage Tours and more!
Fall's Color Capital
STOWE, VERMONTA 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!
After a day of spectacular leaf-peeping, pamper yourself with an incredible array of treatments from our world class spas, spend the afternoon shopping in our 60 independently owned shops, or sit back and relax over dinner at one of our 40 distinctive restaurants.
The warm temperatures have quickly transitioned from the 70s to the 50s, which makes for classic late fall weather. We have moved past the "peak" stage and the trees are losing their leaves. Nevertheless, it's a great time to be in Stowe. It still feels like fall plus the crowds have lightened and so has the traffic!
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How to View the Foliage
For over a hundred years people have been coming to Stowe, Vermont to marvel at spectacular mountain vistas dressed in beautiful fall colors. While some enjoy scenic drives throughout the area (see below), others may choose to participate in one of their favorite activities, such as fishing, cycling or hiking.
To find other unique ways to enjoy the area's incredible fall foliage, visit our Guided Tours section and be sure to check out these other exciting ways to view fall foliage in Stowe: Fall foliage scenic boat charters, soaring, gondola rides, dog carting, river and lake tours, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, carriage and wagon rides, ghostly lantern tours, winery tours, and exciting zip line tours.
Fun Foliage Facts
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 2014, we are sure to see SPECTACULAR FOLIAGE!
Games, fun facts, coloring and more! Download it now or stop into our Visitor's Center in the Stowe Village for your own free copy! Requires Adobe Reader to view, which can be downloaded here.
|Drive Title||Length||Directions||Color Rating|
|Moscow & Little River||7.9m||Directions|
|Edson Hill & West Hill||11.1m||Directions|
|Elmore Mountain & Randolph Road||23.9m||Directions|
|Stowe Hollow, Little River Dam, Ben & Jerry's and Cold Hollow Cider Mill||37.4m||Directions|
|Sterling Valley & Mud City||23.9m||Directions|
|Montpelier, Worcester, & Lake Elmore||55.8m||Directions|
|Jeffersonville, Johnson, & Hyde Park||42.2m||Directions|
|Craftsbury Common, Hazen's Notch, & Covered Bridges||115.8m||Directions|
|Stagecoach Road & back to Johnson||30.8m||Directions|
|Gregg Hill, Winooski River and west approach to Nebraska Range||77.7m||Directions|
*PP = Post-Peak foliage. Not to worry, great color can still be seen in these areas!