Looking for fun things to do in Vermont this fall? Here are 20 ideas to help you make the most of fall foliage season in the Green Mountain State.

Find Your Way Through a Corn Maze in Danville

The largest maze in New England is located at a fifth generation family farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The maze is open seven days a week at 10 a.m., and visitors are encouraged to arrive no later than 1 p.m.  (1404 Wheelock Road, Danville; 802748-1399; vermontcornmaze.com)

Downhill Mountain Biking at Mount Snow

Take in the foliage while winding your way down the slopes of Mount Snow. The ski area is home to the longest introductory downhill trail in the East, and offers plenty of intermediate and expert terrain as well. (Route 100, West Dover, 802-464-6640; mountsnow.com/biking)

Go Apple Picking at Shelburne Orchards

Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Orchards feels like a throwback to another time. Pick you own apples, sip some hot cider, and enjoy a cider donut or two. (216 Orchard Road, Shelburne; 802-985-2753; shelburneorchards.com)

Celebrate the First Weekend of Fall at The Peru Fair

If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know how much I love The Peru Fair. The one-day street fair includes everything from a pig roast to bluegrass music to craft beer in one of Vermont’s most idyllic villages. (Main Street, Peru; perufair.org) 

Hike around Lake Willoughby in Westmore

Hiking above this iconic lake is a must in the fall. The two mountains on either side of the lake—Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah—offer trails with superb views. (Route 5A, Westmore)

Ride the Gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort

The gondola at Stowe is a quick and easy way to explore Vermont’s highest peak. Once you’re up there, hike up to the chin of Mount Mansfield or take a more leisurely walk along the ski trails to soak up the views. (Route 108, Stowe; stowe.com)

Paddle Grout Pond near Stratton Mountain

Grout Pond near Stratton Mountain is a 1,600-acre recreational area in the Green Mountain National Forest that is picture perfect for paddling in the fall. (Forest Road 262 off Kelly Stand Road; fs.usda.gov)

Stroll through Peacham

Located on the southern side of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Peacham is said to be the most photographed town in New England. Once you’re there, you’ll understand why. (Bayley Hazen Road; peacham.net)

Soak up the 100-Mile View on Route 9

Between Brattleboro and Wilmington on Route 9 is the famous 100-Mile View on Hogback Mountain. Make sure you stop at this popular scenic overlook to see gorgeous fall views. (Route 9, Marlboro)

Explore the Moosalamoo Region

The Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is a 16,000-acre paradise between Ripton, Goshen, and Lake Dunmore. This beautiful area includes more than 70 miles of well-maintained trails that are perfect for fall hiking and biking. (moosalamoo.org)

Drive up Equinox Skyline Drive in Sunderland

Skyline Drive is a 5.2-mile toll road that takes you to the 3,848-foot summit of Mount Equinox. Built in the 1940s, Skyline Drive is the longest, privately-owned paved road in the United States. (Route 7A, Sunderland; equinoxmountain.com)

Ride the Single Chairlift Up Mad River Glen

Take Mad River Glen’s famous “Single” chairlift up to the summit of Stark Mountain on weekends between late September and Columbus Day Weekend and see beautiful foliage along the way. (Route 17, Fayston; 802-496-3551; madriverglen.com)

Gaze at Quechee Gorge

Quechee Gorge is a staggering165-foot-deep chasm that was sculpted by glacial activity some 13,000 years ago.  In the fall, the gorge is nothing short of spectacular. (Route 4; Quechee)

Cruise on Lake Champlain

See the autumn landscape from an entirely different perspective by taking a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain. Daily cruises are offered until mid-October.  (Burlington Waterfront; 802-862-8300; soea.com)

Pull Over at Moss Glen Falls

Taking a scenic drive up Route 100? Make sure you stop at this 30-foot waterfall on the western edge of Route 100 in the Granville Gulf Reservation, a six-mile, winding stretch of untouched wilderness. (Route 100, Granville)

Visit a Classic Vermont Village

Small towns like Dorset, Weston, Warren, Peru, Jeffersonville, Guilford, East Burke, and Newfane are extra special in the fall.  With their country stores, church steeples, and dirt roads, they each have their own story. Make sure you get off the beaten path and explore these beautiful communities.

Hike to Sunset Ledge

This 2.2-mile round-trip trail is a good hike for young kids and can be accessed by heading south on the Long Trail from the top of Lincoln Gap Road. The payoff is the spectacular view of the Lake Champlain Valley and Adirondacks. (Lincoln Gap Road between Warren and Lincoln)

Find a Small-Town Festival

Any Vermont festival in the fall is a good bet. Some of my small town favorites are the Gilfeather Turnip Festival in Wardsboro, Harvest Festival in Underhill, the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival, the East Charlotte Tractor Parade, and the Newfane Heritage Festival.

Bike the Stowe Recreation Path

The Stowe Recreation Path meanders along the West Branch River and features pedestrian bridges, swimming holes, park benches, picnic tables, and scenic views of Mount Mansfield. Stop by Idletyme Brewing along the path for lunch and some tasty brews. (Route 100, Stowe; 800-GO-Stowe; gostowe.com)

Take a Moment to Reflect in the Path of Life Garden

The 14-acre scenic Path of Life Garden, set along the Connecticut River in Windsor, features 18 works of art, including sculptures, a granite Buddha, and a maze lined with 800 hemlock trees. In fall foliage season, it’s a stunning display. (36 Park Road, Windsor; 802-674-9933; pathoflifegarden.com)

What are your favorite fall activities in Vermont?

3 Comments

  • We will attend the Newfane Heritage Festival for the fourth time this year, one of our favorite fall things to do. Then we’re heading to the Woodstock Inn with family to enjoy the rest of that weekend. We’ve already done the things most people do when they visit Woodstock – The Simon Pierce glass factory, the Billings farm and Museum and fall festival, the Quechee Gorge.. do you have any other recommendations for that area?

    • Hi Karen — VINS in Quechee is interesting, especially if you have kids. Hiking Mount Tom or other trails from Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park is a good bet. If the weather isn’t great, head over the Montshire Museum of Science in nearby Norwich or King Arthur Flour in Norwich. Have fun! -Erica

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