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September 14, 2017

Fall Foliage Colors Emerging in Vermont

Vermont's annual fall foliage show has begun and although it is still early, there is already some great fall color in every region of the state. Some individual trees throughout Vermont are already on full display in front yards; on town greens; along country roads, rivers, and streams; in cemeteries, and around ballfields and parks.

It is not hard to see red maples that are already showing vivid shades of deep crimson and magenta, or sugar maples here and there with bright yellows and oranges developing. And there are even groups of trees in bright displays -- in and around wetlands, for example. Yet it is still early.

"We know things can change quickly in this magical natural act, but as of now, Vermont is still very much a Green Mountain State, with scattered flashes of color," said Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation Commissioner Michael Snyder.

With healthy forests, shortening day length, and the onset of cool autumn air and sunny days, Vermont expects another great display to progress over the next month, with colors developing first at higher elevations and in the north and northeastern parts of the state, and then more gradual color emergence in and near the Champlain and Connecticut Valleys, and across much of southern Vermont.

"In Vermont, the transition from summer to fall beckons the treasured rituals of autumn: apple picking, harvesting, running through corn mazes, hunting, cycling winding dirt roads, and crunching along forested trails," said Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight. "Over the next few weeks, visitors and residents in Vermont will witness some of the most vibrant displays of fall foliage colors anywhere in the U.S."

Vermont has the highest percentage of colorful maple trees in the country, and over three-quarters of the state is forested.

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Media Contact: Philip Tortora, Communications Director, Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, (802) 522-7323,

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: September 14, 2017 14:53:17