The foothills and valleys in the central, western and southern sections of Vermont are displaying colorful foliage this week with mid- to late-stage color.

Areas west of the Green Mountains are showing bright foliage, particularly from Hinesburg and Bristol to Middlebury and Castleton. Colorful foliage can also be found in southern Vermont and the Connecticut River Valley in Windsor, Windham and Bennington Counties. 
 
"Fall color, which a short time ago was widespread, is now concentrated at the bases of the mountains and in the valleys," said forester Mike White of Dorset. "Yellow is the most dominant color, but it is the pockets of red that are worth looking for."
 
Windsor County forester Jon Bouton says the valleys and secondary roads will offer some of the best fall foliage viewing.
 
"I would stick to the river valleys and venture off the main roads up into the hills for views," he said.
 
BEST BETS

In northern and central Vermont, suggested drives include 5A between West Burke and Westmore, Route 105 from Bloomfield to North Troy, Route 100 from Warren to Moretown, and Route 2 from Montpelier to Richmond. Also try Route 2 through the Champlain Islands and Route 78 from Alburgh Center to Highgate. 
 
In Addison and Rutland Counties, colorful foliage can be found on Route 116 from Starksboro to East Middlebury, Route 17 from Bristol to Addison, and Route 7 between Middlebury and Rutland. Also try Route 140 from Wallingford to Poultney, Route 133 from Middletown Springs to Pawlet, Route 30 from Poultney to Cornwall, and Route 22A from Fair Haven to Bridport.
 
In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Route 7A from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 100 from Plymouth to Wilmington, Route 103 from Springfield to Rockingham, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane.
 

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