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Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

Fall in Vermont is like no other. The rolling green mountainsides are transformed into a vibrant red, yellow, and orange wonderland, where the hills quite literally come alive with leaf peepers eager for their own glimpse of this autumnal view. Foliage peaks anywhere from late September to mid-October — earliest in northern Vermont and where there is more elevation. Our guide to the best fall foliage runs in Vermont includes a selection of routes across the state, with particular attention to popular locations and trails/roads with great leaf views.

For more runs in Vermont, make sure to check out our guides to Burlington and Stowe.

    Stowe: Stowe Recreation Path

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    The Stowe Recreation Path is a popular paved public trail that is free to use and easy-to-access, with a mostly flat and level experience. It meanders along West Branch River, over numerous purpose-built bridges, past beautiful farms and through some enchanting wooded sections.
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    Burlington: Island Line Trail

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    The Island Line Trail is one of New England’s most visited and spectacular rail-trails. It borders the waterfront in the city of Burlington and strings together several shoreline parks in a linear path to offer spectacular views of Lake Champlain and New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
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    Shelburne Farms

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    A 1400-acre working farm 7 miles south of Burlington, Shelburne Farms is a National Historic Landmark with stunning waterfront views. For runners, there are more than 10 miles of walking trails that are open year-round, weather permitting.
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    Waterbury Community Path

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    Waterbury is home to the Leaf Peepers 5K and Half Marathon, where people come from all over to take in views on this stunning course. The route takes runners through Waterbury, up Perry Hill Road to spectacular outlooks on the scenic Waterbury Community Path.
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    Middlebury: Jackson Trail

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    Middlebury is an beautiful college campus in an idyllic college town. There is wonderful running around the campus and in the surrounding area. The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) is an 18-mile loop, which encircles the town and links hundreds of acres of land.
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    Woodstock: Billings Farm & Museum

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    This loop is a tour of the charming town of Woodstock, which is a popular visitors’ destination not far from the New Hampshire border. Our route starts at the Billings Farm & Museum, billed as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage and one of the finest operating dairy farms in America.
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    Weston

    Fall Foliage Runs in Vermont

    Weston is an impossibly cute town in south central Vermont. With a barn red country store, a classical playhouse, mill buildings, and a picturesque central gazebo, it’s architecture and charm rival Gilmore Girls’ fictional New England hamlet of Stars Hollow.
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