Route 4 Vermont Fall Foliage Scenic Drive (Woodstock, Quechee, Killington, etc.)

Vermont has some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the whole world. In this blog post, we showcase one of the best fall foliage road trips in Vermont which revolve around Route 4. The road trip begins at the iconic Quechee Gorge and ends in the beautiful town of Killington. Along this route, you will find stunning farms, covered bridges, trails, and more!

From Quechee to Woodstock to Killington, here are the best places to stop along the 51-mile route!

Stop #1 – Quechee Gorge Bridge

Town: Quechee – Hartford, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Quechee Gorge Bridge is located on US Route 4, approximately halfway between Woodstock and White River Junction, Vermont. It’s perched high above the Ottauquechee River near the southern end of Quechee Gorge, a popular local tourist destination that’s part of Quechee State Park. It’s a three-span steel deck truss structure that’s 285 feet long, 41 feet wide, and 163 feet tall, with two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) and sidewalks on both sides. Its main span is a 188-foot-long parabolic spandrel-braced Pratt truss.

The view from the bridge offers magical views down the river and the fall foliage all around!

Stop #2 – Quechee Covered Bridge

Town: Quechee – Hartford, Vermont

Location: HERE

Quechee Covered Bridge is a great covered bridge in Quechee, Vermont. The covered bridge was constructed in 1970 and spans 70 feet over the Ottauquechee River. Cars are able to drive over the bridge and visitors can walk over the bridge.

Stop #3 – Taftsville Covered Bridge

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

Taftsville Covered Bridge is a must-see covered bridge in Vermont near downtown Woodstock, VT. It measures189 feet in length and allows cars to cross alongside people. Taftsville covered bridge was constructed in 1836 to carry traffic across the Ottauquechee River. A two-span multiple kingpost truss with an arch is used in the bridge’s design.

Stop #4 – Sugarbush Farm

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

Sugarbush Farm is one of the most beautiful farms I have visited in Vermont. The farm is family-owned by the Luce Family and they have run the farm for 3 generations. Sugarbush Farm is notorious for its cheeses and pure maple syrups which are both made right at the farm.

In total, the farm spans about 500 acres and consists of many great fall foliage views!

Stop #5 – Cloudland Farm

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

Cloudland Farm is a diverse working farm that the Emmons family has owned since 1908. It is situated in the rolling hills of Pomfret, Vermont (just west of Woodstock). As part of the Cloudland experience, the four-mile trip up the picturesque Cloudland Road offers stunning views. The farm raises/grows Black Angus cattle, laying hens, Cornish-cross meat chickens, turkeys, pastured Berkshire pigs, and a variety of vegetables. Items made on-site and in the surrounding area are sold at the farm’s market.

Stop #6 – Sleepy Hollow Farm

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

If you have even a passing interest in New England fall photography, you’ve probably seen images of this farm. Sleepy Hollow is located just outside of the all-things-autumn town of Woodstock, off Cloudland Road, a winding dirt road lined with stately maples and restored farmhouses. Sleepy Hollow is a photographer’s dream, with its massive barns, late-1700s Cape farmhouse, and knack for capturing the light just right. The narrow road to the farm may be lined with as many as 20 cars in the morning or early evening, as photographers hunker down with their tripods.

Stop #7 – Middle Covered Bridge

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

The original Middle Bridge was an iron bridge built in 1877. Milton Graton rebuilt the Middle Bridge in 1969 to carry Union Street over the Ottauquechee River. The covered bridge is 139 feet long and is built in the town lattice truss style. From downtown Woodstock, you can walk to the covered bridge.

Stop #8 – Woodstock Inn & Resort

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

Woodstock Inn & Resort is a year-round destination in the village of Woodstock, Vermont that embraces the vision of Laurance and Mary Rockefeller. The hotel is very well maintained and in the fall you can find beautiful colored trees and stunning fall displays of flowers and pumpkins!

Stop #9 – Lincoln Covered Bridge

Town: Woodstock, Vermont

Location: HERE

The Lincoln Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge located in West Woodstock, Vermont, just south of US Route 4. It was built in 1877 and is one of the few remaining examples of a wooden Pratt truss bridge in the United States. In 1973, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Stop #10 – Killington Peak

Town: Killington, Vermont

Location: HERE

Enjoy a mile and a quarter ride up the K-1 Express Gondola to the top of Killington Peak for breathtaking views and access to 15 miles of designated hiking trails, including the Appalachian and Long Trails. The views are breathtaking!

Tickets can be purchased/collected at the K-1 Base Area (no other services are available) or the Snowshed Lodge.

Stop #11

Thundering Brook Falls Trail

Town: Killington, Vermont

Location: HERE

Thundering Brook Falls Trail is a 0.4 mile out and back trail near Killington, Vermont that features a waterfall and is suitable for all skill levels. The boardwalk is lovely and provides stunning views of the surrounding foliage.

Stop #12

Thundering Brook Falls

Town: Killington, Vermont

Location: HERE

Thundering Falls is said to be Vermont’s sixth tallest waterfall. It is a branch of Kent Brook, which flows from Kent Pond just north of the junction of the AT and the Long Trail. At high water, the stream tumbles 140 feet through a steep and narrow cataract, creating a magnificent cascade. The falls also house a historic mill that is powered by the falling water’s energy.

Stop #13

Deer Leap Overlook Trail

Town: Killington, Vermont

Location: HERE

Deer Leap Overlook Trail is a short 0.25-mile trail that brings you to a rock outcrop with dramatic views of the Coolidge Range and Sherburne Pass. The short hike results in some of the most beautiful views of fall!

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