Get out to enjoy fall recreation

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The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation along with the Green Mountain Club encourage Vermonters to get out and enjoy foliage season.

As the leaves start to turn and the air grows cooler, hikers are expected to hit the trails in great numbers. Peak foliage season means many people want to get outside.

“We expect this year’s foliage to be spectacular,” Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation commissioner Michael Snyder said. “The deep reds, bright oranges and yellows will bring people from all over New England, the United States and beyond. Vermont is world famous for our changing leaves.”

While many people seek the fantastic views from the state’s highest peaks, if you do decide to head to the most popular trails, you will likely to encounter many other people along the way. If that’s what you’re looking for, great. If not, there are wonders to be seen on even the shortest walks around leafy village greens or your

local town forest.

The state encourages people to explore a new place this year. Check out Vermont’s Trail Finder website, www.trailfinder.info, to find a new, lesser known place to beat the crowds.

No matter where you decide to go, please be considerate. That beautiful dirt road may be the quickest route to your next hiking adventure, but someone else calls it home. Please drive slowly and safely, and obey parking signs. Remember to also pack out what you bring in.

Hikers are also reminded that clear, cool and crisp days lead into clear and surprisingly cold nights. If you’re venturing into the woods on a hike, be sure to dress appropriately, bring plenty of food and water and don’t forget your headlamp.

The days are beautiful, but growing shorter all the time. Now  is the time to get out and enjoy before you need to trade in leaf peeping for leaf raking.