The Boston Globe correctly put the Mount Tom Hike first on their list…here’s the article:
Three great foliage hikes in New England
There are a couple of ways to experience foliage season in New England: from your car stuck in traffic, or atop a mountain with way fewer people. For the second kind of leaf peeping, we’ve chosen three hikes, one each in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
Each site is about 2½ hours from Boston. We’ve given you easy-to-intermediate hikes and a range of peak foliage dates.
Mount Tom via Faulkner Trail, Woodstock, Vt.
Maybe you like the idea of a foliage hike but don’t want to spend your whole day climbing. The Faulkner Trail up the south side of Mount Tom is perfect. In less than 45 minutes of moderate climbing, you can reach the summit, which overlooks Woodstock Village and miles beyond.
This will leave you time to explore Woodstock Village or the 600-acre Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, which includes mansion and garden tours (open through Oct. 31) and the Billings Farm and Museum (open daily until Oct. 1 and then weekends only) next door.
If you’d like a slightly longer hike, there are a number of other routes up Mount Tom from other trailheads. Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller site for … read more
View four hikes in Woodstock here: Hiking In Woodstock