Autumn is the most popular time of year to visit Stowe, and it’s no wonder: Stowe was named the #1 “Top 10 Foliage Destinations in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor. There are several ways to experience fall’s color capital. Explore Stowe’s legendary foliage and breathtaking landscape from a canoe or kayak.

Several lakes and rivers in the area are a flat-water dream for paddling. Rent a boat or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at the Waterbury Reservoir (which also has a day use beach) or the Lamoille or Winooski rivers that wind through farms and forested countryside. There are river trips for everyone from beginners to seasoned experts. Lake Elmore also has beach access and campgrounds nearby. Further north, the pristine and undeveloped Green River Reservoir is another picturesque spot in the area. No equipment or experience? No problem. Rent assorted paddlecraft at a sporting goods shop and follow a certified guide who can instruct your paddle stroke.


Learn about the best of Route 100 in Vermont with more hiking in the Waterbury and Mad River Valley regions.