As the final golden leaves hold their perch, signaling the culmination of Vermont’s illustrious fall spectacle, many nature enthusiasts might be feeling the tug of missed opportunities.
However, with the last weekend of the season upon us, there’s still a chance to bask in the glorious hues of crimson, amber, and gold.
Vermont, affectionately known as the “Green Mountain State,” transforms into a kaleidoscope of colors come autumn, and its overlooks offer the best vantage points to witness this natural extravaganza.
Here are some of the best overlooks to capture Vermont’s fairytale!
Mount Mansfield: This is Vermont’s highest peak, and the drive up Stowe’s Toll Road provides exceptional views. Directions.
Owl’s Head Mountain: Located in Groton State Forest, this overlook provides panoramic views of Kettle Pond and the surrounding forests. Directions.
Smugglers Notch: Situated between Stowe and Jeffersonville, this route, especially during the fall, is breathtaking. Directions.
Stowe Pinnacle: Located minutes from Stowe, this moderately challenging hike rewards visitors with sweeping views of the surrounding valleys, Mount Mansfield, and the vibrant tapestry of fall colors. Directions.
Lake Willoughby Overlook (Pulpit Rock): In the Northeast Kingdom, this overlook provides a view of the deep glacial lake flanked by tall cliffs. Directions.
Equinox Skyline Drive: Located in Manchester, the drive up Equinox Mountain provides exceptional views of the Green, White, Adirondack, and Taconic mountain ranges. Directions.
Quechee Gorge: Sometimes called “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon,” it offers beautiful views, especially with the fall colors reflecting in the Ottauquechee River below. Directions.
Killington Peak: Either hike or take the gondola up for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Directions.
Mount Philo State Park: Overlooking the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York, this is an easily accessible spot for great views. Directions.
Burke Mountain: Located in the Northeast Kingdom, Burke Mountain provides expansive views, especially attractive during the fall months. Directions.
Elmore Mountain Fire Tower: A bit of a hike, but the 360-degree views from the top, especially during peak foliage, are well worth the effort. Directions.