Fall foliage along Echo Lake near Route 100 in Ludlow (September 2008).

Fall is only a few weeks away, and it can’t come soon enough. I am looking forward to taking a few road trips in September and October to enjoy the foliage and everything that comes with fall in Vermont.

Some of my favorite Vermont fall drives include Route 100 from Warren to Weston, Route 7A between Manchester and Bennington, Route 30 from Dorset to Pawlet, and Route 125 between Middlebury and Hancock.

But it’s even more enjoyable to get off the beaten path and explore miles of rural back roads. I’ve stumbled across what are now some of my most treasured places in Vermont just by taking a few random turns and hoping for the best.

Still, no matter what, whether you go leaf-peeping on a scenic byway or quiet gravel road, you won’t have to look very far to find perfect autumn beauty in Vermont.

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  • Absolutely! I always enjoyed Rt 100, Rt7a and Rt9 as we typically stay in the southern areas of the state, but you’re right about making the unplanned detours. Just make a turn off someplace and see where it takes you!

    • Hi Scott — I love southern Vermont. We’re planning on going down to Manchester sometime this fall. I hope to find some new routes this year!

    • Hi David — Isn’t that road amazing? I never grow tired of Route 125 – especially near Breadloaf. Just so beautiful and peaceful.

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