Scenic Drives

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Map out your road trip through the Kingdom’s autumn colors!

Calling all leaf peepers… fall foliage has arrived in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! Craft the perfect playlist, gas up the car, charge your camera batteries, and head out on a scenic drive to experience the glorious colors. Take a ride along one of our suggested routes – or head out on a journey of your own.

From scenic byways to quaint back roads, and even a list of popular covered bridges, all that’s left for you to do is pack a bag and start your journey through the Kingdom!

Please note that many of these routes may take you to remote destinations where cell service is not readily available, so be prepared. Note: Some sections of the road are unpaved and are closed in the winter.

 Make sure to the check hours of businesses mentioned in the routes below as some businesses may have limited hours.

EASTERN TREK

Darling Hill Chapel Lookout – 9.8 miles

Start at Sanborn Covered Bridge in Lyndonville for a photo-op, then head north on US-5, continuing straight onto Route 114 before turning left on Darling Hill Road. Be sure to stop at The Chapel of the Holy Family and take in the breathtaking views of Willoughby Gap. Take a right at White School Road, keeping left, then take a right to return to Route 114 until you hit Café Lotti for lunch!

St. Johnsbury – Groton – Peacham – Danville Loop – 72 miles

Starting in St. Johnsbury take Rt 5 south thru Passumpsic, Barnet, and Ryegate. In Wells River turn right onto 302 West. Stop for lunch in Wells River at the P&H Truckstop. In Groton, take a sharp right onto Minard Hill Road, which continues to the Peacham-Danville Road. Stop along the way in Peacham Village for a short walk through the Peacham Corner cemetery and take a picture at Peacham Congregational Church, the most photographed church in VT, and grab a treat or beverage at the Peacham Cafe. When you get back on the road continue up to Danville for an afternoon at the Great Vermont Corn Maze, and a snack from Bentley’s Cafe or Three Ponds. There’s a lovely scenic overlook on Route 2 on your way back into St. Johnsbury for dinner. 

St. Johnsbury – Spaulding Road Afternoon Trip – 5.6 miles

Start at the First Congregation Church in St. Johnsbury on Breezy Road, turn left on Lackey Hill Road and take a slight right onto Spaulding Road. Continue on Spaulding Rd to Sweet Seasons Farm & Artisans Confections in St. Johnsbury for apple picking and treats. Then head southeast on Spaulding Rd for a visit to Dog Mountain (hiking trails, Dog Chapel, scenic views) before stopping for lunch at Papa Tirozzi’s new location (2165 Portland Street).  Stop at Maple Grove Farms of VT on your way back into town for a maple creemee and to learn the history of the industry that made St. Johnsbury the Maple Center of the World.

Mostly Moose Driving Route – 67 miles

Starting in Island Pond depart from the junctions of Route 114 and 105, drive north on Route 114 through Norton to Canaan. Take Route 102 South to Bloomfield and then Route 105 West back to Island Pond.

West Burke to Island Pond Loop About 29 miles

Start with a scenic hike at Bluff Mountain in Island Pond, then take Route 5 to West Burke with a right on 5-A, right on Newark St. Follow Newark St. past the fish hatchery. You’ll come out on Rt. 114, turn left and visit Dirt Church Brewing before continuing back to Island Pond.

Chamberlin Mill Covered Bridge Lyndon, VT

Located in Lyndon Corner on Mill Street crossing the South Wheelock Branch of the Passumpsic River. Built in 1881 and updated in 2002.

Miller’s Run Covered BridgeLyndon Center, VT

Located in Lyndon Center on Route 122 crossing Miller’s Run. Built in 1878 and updated in 1995.

Randall Covered Bridge Lyndonville, VT

Located in the town of Lyndonville on Burrington Bridge Road crossing the East Branch of the Passumpsic River. Built in 1865 and restored in 2008.

Schoolhouse Covered BridgeLyndon, VT

Located in Lyndon Corner on the South Wheelock Road crossing the South Wheelock Branch of the Passumpsic River. Built in 1879.

Columbia Covered Bridge Lemington, VT

Located in the town of Lemington on Route 102 crossing the Connecticut River. Built in 1912 and rehabilitated in 1981.

Island Pond Covered Footbridge Brighton, VT

Located in the town of Brighton on the North Junction of SR105 and SR114 crossing the railroad tracks. Built in 2003.

Mount Orne Covered Bridge – Lunenburg, VT

Located in the town of Lunenburg on East Concord Road crossing the Connecticut River. Built in 1911 and rehabilitated in 1983.

Sanborn Covered BridgeLyndon, VT

Located in the town of Lyndon, this bridge crosses the stretch of river between Lyndon and St. Johnsbury. Built in 1867.

FARM & FIELD

Hardwick to Craftsbury Scenic Route – About 18 miles

Before starting your drive, stop in Connie’s Kitchen for a breakfast sandwich or pastry. Then head east on VT-15 East, take Center Rd to E Craftsbury Rd/Town Highway 1 continue straight through Greensboro where you can take in the views of Caspian Lake. Continue heading north and turn right onto S Craftsbury Rd. Continue straight onto Wylie Hill Rd and finish your route at Mill Village Pottery to check out some beautiful handcrafted pottery.

Coventry Covered Bridge Irasburg, VT

Located in the town of Irasburg on Coventry Road crossing the Black River. Built in 1881 and rebuilt in 1999.

Greenbanks Hollow BridgeDanville, VT

Located in the town of Danville on Town Highway 56 crossing Joe’s Brook. Built in the early 1800s burned in 1885 and rebuilt in 1886. Rebuilt in 2006.

MOUNTAIN & LAKE GETAWAY

Old Stone House Scenic Drive to Newport – About 9 miles

After visiting the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village, take a scenic drive up to Newport for a late lunch or dinner in Newport. Head northwest on Old Stone House Rd and take a right onto Hinman Settler Rd. Turn left onto Schuler Rd and continue onto VT-191 N/Access Rd. Turn left onto Western Ave, then right onto Railroad Square crossing over Lake Memphremagog heading into downtown Newport.

Lowell to Montgomery Center – State Route 58 through Hazen’s Notch – 10.6 miles

Start this route in Lowell, Vermont and travel northwest past Hazen’s Notch State Park. As you drive the road will turn to dirt and you will find yourself driving under a canopy of fall colors. If you want to stretch your legs and go for a walk or a hike, check out the Hazen’s Notch Association trails page for detailed trail information. Once you arrive in Montgomery Center, stop into the Café Oma for a coffee or tea and a bite to eat and check out The Jay Cloud Cyclery located in the same building. Also located in Montgomery Center is the Crafty Li’l Gift Shop, with over 50 local crafters, you’re bound to find something you like.

Northeast Kingdom Byway

Take a journey along this 51-mile byway exploring the communities of Saint Johnsbury, Lyndon, East and West Burke, Westmore, Charleston, Derby and Newport. Get NEKed and enjoy miles of stunning views with plenty of stops to enjoy area recreation. Explore Vermont Vacation’s interactive Google Map and customized itineraries for the route.