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From The Blog 6 ways to take leaf peeping to another level

For those looking for a twist on the familiar joy of sightseeing autumn's palette of red, orange, and yellow hues, this list of unique foliage activities is just for you!

1. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Schedule a private ride with Kedron Valley Stables for parties large and small for a 45-minute jaunt through the scenic countryside of South Woodstock Village or cozy up for a narrated wagon ride at Billings Farm & Museum during their Wagon Ride Wednesdays (through September 18, 2019) Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend (October 5-6, 2019).

Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend
ATV Foliage
Diane Saraceni
Fall foliage ATV trip photographed by Diane Saraceni

2. ATV Tours

Get your blood pumping with a rugged ATV/UTV adventure through the Killington Mountains.

You’ll traverse wooded trails overlooking spectacular waterways, wildlife, and towns nestled in spectacular fall foliage during guided one and two-hour tours. Click here for more information.

3. Scenic Chairlift/Gondola Rides

Head to Suicide Six to get a jaw-dropping mountaintop view of local foliage with roundtrip chairlift rides Friday through Sunday – or ride to the peak of Vermont’s second tallest mountain with Killington’s gondola rides (operating daily September 2 – October 14).

Killington Gondola Foliage
Matt Olsen
Photo of Killington's Gondola Ride in Fall by Matt Olsen

4. Fishing

The Upper Valley is a fisherman’s paradise. Stay close to town and cast your reel in the Woodstock area’s Ottauquechee River, take a boat out on the placid waters of Barnard’s Silver Lake, enjoy the privacy of The Meccawe Club (no license required) or even wade into the Connecticut River – either way, you’ll catch fabulous autumnal foliage and maybe even a fish or two! But be sure to buy your fishing license before embarking on your trip.

Want a ladies-only experience? Then reserve your spot at She Casts, a women's fly fishing weekend September 28-29, 2019 helmed by resident guide, Chandra Anderson and an Orvis-endorsed team that'll take you to scenic Suicide Six and surrounding waters at the peak of fall foliage.

Fly fishing in Woodstock, Vermont
Skye Reno
Mountain Biking

5. Mountain Biking

Want to kick leaf-watch up a notch? With events like The Woodstock Triple Crown (September 15) and Oktoberfast Weekend (October 12-13), you'll be tearing down mountains, whipping past the vibrant shades of fall as you race toward the finish line of these enduro-style mountain bike races!

Or to set your own downhill pace, get the dirt on Suicide Six Bike Park, open most weekends through mid-October, then head on over to our list of 5 essential mountain biking spots.

6. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Go up, up, and away in a hot air balloon ride for the most panoramic leaf peeping option on our list! With a maximum of four passengers, you’ll take off from the Quechee Village Green and become lighter than air, following a flight path unique to your trip. And in true autumnal spirit, you can even ride in a jack-o’-lantern balloon!

Hot air balloon