Fall in Vermont offers many opportunities to explore the nearby landscape and discover hidden scenic gems. During the fall season, Stowe’s typically less traveled back roads and hidden avenues will attract visitors and locals looking for vibrant colors and views blazing with autumn color. One of the best ways to see foliage in Vermont, is to simply bike, walk or drive around. Below are a few of our favorite scenic drives for leaf peeping in the Stowe Area. Download our Scenic Driving Guide for these and other scenic driving routes.
Jeffersonville, Johnson and Hyde Park
Round trip distance from Stowe Village: 41.3 miles
Time: 67 minutes
This drive takes the most scenic route through Smugglers’ Notch from the Stowe Information Center. This route is a great way to experience the beauty of Smugglers’ Notch, as well as the colors of fall. There will be plenty of opportunities along this route to get out and snap a few pictures of the foliage or to explore local dining and shopping establishments. Along this route, you will pass by two covered bridges and you’ll be able to park at the Barnes Camp Visitor Center and take a short walk onto the boardwalk for an unbeatable view of Smugglers’ Notch.
Craftsbury Common, Hazen’s Notch and Covered Bridge
Round trip distance from Stowe Village: 107 miles
Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
This is a drive of a little over 100 miles, which will give you plenty of incredible views, a number of covered bridges, a chance to explore the village of Craftsbury Common and a piece of the old Hazen Military Highway, which was built during the Revolutionary War. This drive is a perfect chance to pack a picnic lunch and explore the local landscapes.
Stowe Hollow, Little River Dam, Ben & Jerry’s and Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Round trip distance from Stowe Village: 30.9 miles
Time: 65 minutes
This drive is a local favorite and offers a view of Stowe Hollow, which is nestled at the foot of the Worcester Mountains and is drained by the Gold Brook. The covered bridge in Stowe Hollow is known as “Emily’s Bridge,” which legend says is haunted. The Little River Dam was constructed in the 1930’s after a flood in 1927. This is an ideal spot for foliage photos and a picnic. On the way back, this drive takes you by two popular attractions; Ben & Jerry’s Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Stop by Ben & Jerry’s for a sample and factory tour and Cold Hollow for fresh cider and some of their famous cider donuts. Also along this route is the Cabot Farmers’ Store and Lake Champlain Chocolates.