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The Ultimate Fall Foliage Scenic Drive From Burlington, Vermont (100-Mile Loop)

The Ultimate Fall Foliage Scenic Drive From Burlington, Vermont (100-Mile Loop)

Looking to get out of Burlington, Vermont for the day and check out the beautiful fall foliage? This is the guide for you!

In this blog post, you will find a roundtrip map that will take you on a 100-mile journey to view the best fall foliage outside Burlington. Stops along this route include covered bridges, short hikes, waterfalls, historic buildings, and much more! Also, you will be driving on some of the most scenic routes in the state. Hope you enjoy this post!

Stop #1

Old Red Mill

Town: Jericho, Vermont

Location: HERE

On Red Mill Drive in Jericho, Vermont, the Old Red Mill is a historic 19th-century mill building. The Browns River powered the mill, which was completed in 1856. Buckwheat, graham, brown, and white flour, as well as corn, oat, and rye meal, were all produced in the mill. The goods were subsequently distributed around northern Vermont.

The beautiful mill is a great spot to stop and photograph when it is surrounded by fall foliage.

Stop #2

Mills Riverside Park

Town: Jericho, Vermont

Location: HERE

Mills Riverside Park is 216 acres of open meadow and wooded hillside with a breathtaking view of Mt. Mansfield. Year-round non-motorized recreational opportunities are provided by over six miles of trail. Head down to the river and you’ll be surrounded by beautiful fall trees. There is a covered bridge crossing the river too!

Stop #3

Grist Mill Covered Bridge

Town: Jeffersonville, Cambridge, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Grist Mill Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that connects Canyon Road to Vermont Route 108 in Cambridge, Vermont. Built in the nineteenth century, it is one of only a few surviving Burr arch truss bridges in the state, and one of only three in Cambridge. It has a length of 84.5 feet and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Stop #4

Brewster River Gorge

Town: Jeffersonville, Cambridge, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Brewster River Gorge, also known as the Brewster Uplands, is located just south of the village of Jeffersonville, near the Grist Mill Covered Bridge. The location offers a beautiful view of the river gorge and the small waterfalls. It is a great spot to pull over and take in the beautiful fall colors along and capture a unique composition of the Grist Mill Covered Bridge!

Stop #5

Sterling Pond Trail

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Sterling Pond Trail is one of Smugglers’ Notch’s most popular hikes, providing access to a unique mountain-top pond ideal for swimming, fishing (permit required), and wildlife observation. The hike to Sterling Pond is only about a mile each way and connects to a number of additional trails that lead to rewarding vistas of the mountains.

Stop #6

Barnes Camp Loop Boardwalk

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Barnes Camp Loop Trail is a relatively new trail that can be accessed via the Barnes Camp Visitor Center parking lot. The trail is best known for its beautiful and accessible boardwalk which offers excellent views of wetlands and cliffs. It is most special to walk the boardwalk during the fall season when the foliage is peaking.

The boardwalk is only a short walk from the parking lot of the visitors center.

Stop #7

Bingham Falls

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

Because of its easy access, impressive geology, and photographic nature, Bingham Falls has quickly become one of Vermont’s most popular waterfall hikes. The hike to the falls is only about a quarter-mile long, but it is steeper at the bottom and can be wet and slippery at times, so proper hiking shoes with good tread are highly recommended. During peak foliage, the waterfall really shines!

Stop #8

Brookdale Bridge

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

Brookdale was built in 1964 for the Whitecaps Corporation Housing Development and is a “stringer” covered bridge, which means it was built with stringers rather than traditional style trusses and is thus considered a non-authentic covered bridge. It spans the West Branch Little River and had a hemlock shake roof before being replaced with the current steel roof.

Stop #9

Stowe Community Church

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

Stowe Community Church is one of the oldest non-denominational churches in the country. The church was founded in 1863 and stands in the heart of downtown Stowe. The beautiful church can be viewed from many spots around the town and fall foliage is the perfect backdrop for every photo of the church.

Stop #10

Moss Glen Falls

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

Moss Glen Falls in Stowe is a 5-star rated waterfall that is located just a few minutes from Stowe’s historic Village. The waterfall drops over 125 feet and features different formations including plunges, horsetails, and a fan. The falls are accessible via a short quarter-mile hike.

Stop #11

Gold Brook Covered Bridge (Emily’s Bridge)

Town: Stowe, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Gold Brook Covered Bridge, also known as Emily’s Bridge, is a small wooden covered bridge in Stowe, Vermont. Covered Bridge Road is crossed over Gold Brook by the 48.5-foot-long bridge. It is the only 19th-century covered bridge in the state, built in 1844 with wooden Howe trusses and carrying a public roadway. In 1974, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Stop #12

The Old Round Church

Town: Richmond, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Round Church, also known as the Old Round Church, is a historic church in Richmond, Vermont, located on Round Church Road. It is a rare, well-preserved example of a sixteen-sided meeting house, built in 1812–1813. It was constructed to serve as a community gathering place for the town as well as five Protestant congregations. The Richmond Historical Society maintains it today, and it is open to the public during the summer and early fall. It is also available for weddings and other events. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996 due to its rarity and exceptional state of preservation.

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