It’s amazing to think there was a time when almost every American child learned in a one-room school. In fact, as late as 1913, half of the country’s schoolchildren were enrolled in the country’s 200,000 one-room schools.
The Green Mountain State is home to 8,000 miles of dirt roads. To put that in perspective, 8,000 miles is twice the length of the continental United States and roughly the entire diameter of the planet. That’s a lot of ground to cover, right? To help you figure out some worthwhile dirt roads to travel this fall, I’ve compiled a list of my personal favorites.
Here’s my list of 12 tiny Vermont towns that are off-the-beaten path, off the radar, and very much worth visiting in the fall.
With fall on the horizon, I’m thinking about new scenic drives to explore and returning to some old favorites. In every corner of Vermont, there are hundreds of miles of roads to enjoy.
Route 100 stretches 216 miles along the spine of the Green Mountains through 33 classic villages and towns, from Jacksonville to Rochester to Lowell. It’s also unofficially known as the “Skier’s Highway,” providing access to some of Vermont’s most well-known resorts, including Mount Snow, Okemo, and Sugarbush.
While visiting southern Vermont last weekend, I carved out some time to take photos. The weather was cold and snowy, and the light turned flat and gray. With my daughter in tow, I decided to head to Dorset Hollow to show her some barns and wide open fields.
Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing.
While driving on Route 7 yesterday, I had to concentrate to keep my eyes on the road rather than study the jagged rocks of a random mountainside somewhere near Wallingford. It felt as if I was seeing the hidden parts of the mountain exposed for the very first time, and all I wanted to do was strap on my snowshoes and head into the woods.