Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Just about every road in Vermont is scenic, especially in the fall. Popular routes during foliage season include Route 100, which runs along the spine of the Green Mountains, Route 73 from Rochester to Brandon, Route 9 between Brattleboro and Bennington, and Route 22A between Fair Haven and Vergennes.
For me the best roads are unpaved routes where you can walk, bike or explore without seeing another car for miles. Here are my top picks:
Danby/Mount Tabor-Landgrove Road
Closed in the winter, the Danby Mount Tabor-Landgrove Road runs through the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont. This road is one of the best kept secrets in Vermont. Take this road in the summer and fall and you'll find plenty of opportunities to picnic and hike along the way. From Weston, take the Landgrove-Weston Road and turn left on Little Michigan Road to the Danby/Mount Tabor-Landgrove Road.
Darling Hill Road
This is one of the most scenic residential roads I have ever seen (I was lucky enough to live on Darling Hill Road in the 1990s). Darling Hill Road connects Lyndonville and East Burke, two communities in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. About half-way down the road, you'll see views to the northwest of Lake Willoughby and views to the east of Burke Mountain. From Route 5, head north on Route 114 and take your first left onto Darling Hill Road.