Foliage Focus: September 27 - October 3 - Best Parks & Cool Things to Do

The cooler weather is moving Vermont's incredible fall foliage a little farther south. Below are parks where foliage is at its prime. Also check out the activities in and around the State Parks too. No one is hibernating yet!

Half Moon State Park, Hubbardton, VT:
Load up your bags or basket with delicious locally grown food at the Rutland Farmer's Market, Rutland; Wet your whistle at the 15th Annual Killington Brewfest, Killington; Have a hayride, listen to great music, and more at the Brandon HarvestFest, Brandon; Satisfy your need for speed at the Devil's Bowl Speedway, West Haven; History buffs will enjoy a visit to Hubbardton Battlefield, Hubbarton; Visit the world's largest marble exhibit at The Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor

Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington, VT:
Have a look around the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, Marlboro; Play a round of golf on a four-star golf course at Hay Stack Golf Club, Wilmington; See where your food really comes from and take a farm tour at Adams Family Farm, Wilmington; Prepare for winter by stopping by the Norton House A Quilter's Paradise and indulge in a beautiful handmade quilt, Wilmington; Learn some history at the Battle of Bennington Historic Site, Bennington; Shop for antiques at Antiques at Camelot, Bennington; Hike Mt. Olga and climb the fire tower for breathtaking views (especially this week!)

Jamaica State Park, Jamaica, VT:
Lose or find your way in the Gaines Farm Corn Maize, and check out all the other cool activities they have to offer, Guilford; Marvel at the fine glass blown at Hot Glass Works, Jamaica; Art and history enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Hildene - The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester; Become a fan of fly fishing when you visit the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester; Weave your way over to Margie's Muse Hand Weaving and pick up the perfect handwoven rug, Jamaica; Sample some fabulous locally made cheeses at Grafton Village Cheese Shop, Brattleboro; Visit Dutton Berry Farm for a tour and to get great locally grown grub, Newfane

Branbury State Park, Salisbury, VT:
See loads of fish up close at the Salisbury Fish Hatchery, Salisbury; Enjoy all the fun events at Dead Creek Wildlife Day, Addison; Spend hours or days at the Shelburne Museum soaking up history, art, and a myriad of other interests, Shelburne; Get a sugar fix and Vermont maple syrup to take home at the New England Maple Museum, Pittsford; Smell all the scents of soap at Vermont Soap Organics, Middlebury; Take a tour of the famous Danforth Pewter Workshop and Store, Middlebury; Hike to the Falls of Lana or Rattlesnake Cliffs, Salisbury; Have a drink with a friend at Otter Creek Brewery, Middlebury

Wilgus State Park: Ascutney, VT
Learn alot about alot at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee; Walk or drive through the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, Windsor; Relax with a locally brewed cold one at the Harpoon Brewery, Windsor; Get heaps of history at the Old Constitution House ("the birthplace of Vermont"), Windsor; Find wonderful works of wood at Wilson Woodworking, Windsor; Take an easy canoe or kayak trip down the Connecticut River to experience the foliage from the water's perspective, Ascutney

Coolidge State Park, Plymouth, VT:
Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park for a beautiful landscape and tour of their LEED certified Forest Center, Woodstock; Fill up on locally made eats at the Sugarbush Cheese and Maple Syrup Farm, Woodstock; Catch a big one with some friendly advice from the guides of Vermont Angler - they also have a wide selection of hand tied flies, Ludlow; Experience world class hiking on one of many trails starting in Coolidge State Park, Plymouth


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