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Hiking and Driving Near the Fall Foliage of Fairfield County

09/18/18 | vander

Running from north to south steadily over about six weeks, fall foliage coverage in Connecticut varies by region. The Northeast state is probably the most suburban of all the New England states. There are several large towns and cities, but also many quaint towns and an abundance of fall-foliage scenes and CTBest offers apartments in some of the most picturesque places in Stamford and Norwalk. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection(DEEP), Stamford and Norwalk’s “leaf peeping” season begins late September and runs through mid-to-late October. When the fall weather decides to creep in, the leaves paint the entire region in comforting reds, oranges, and yellows. Each year, DEEP suggests several driving loops to help you make the most of the fall season. This year, scenic Fairfield County was released with a distance of approximately 115 miles and an estimated date of peak viewing between October 16 and October 30. The route takes you through Fairfield County into the southern part of the Litchfield Hill region. The loop begins and closes in our beloved Norwalk. Here is the suggested path to take:
  • Begin in Norwalk at Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) exit 38.
  • Go north on Routes 123, 106, 33, 35 and 7 to I-84 exit 3 in Danbury.
  • Then head east on I-84 to exit 5.
  • Take left on Starr Ave.
  • Quick right onto Cowperthwaite St.
  • Quick right onto North Main Street
  • Quick left onto Golden Hill Road to Route 39
  • Go north on Routes 39 to 37 to Route 7.
  • Take Route 7 to New Milford.
  • Go south on Route 67 to Roxbury, then Route 317 to Woodbury.
  • From Woodbury take Route 6 south to I-84 exit 15.
  • Jog west on I-84 to exit 10, then southwest on Routes 6, 25 and 302 to Route 58.
  • Head south on 58 and 136 to Route 15 (Merritt Parkway) exit 42 and head for Norwalk to close the loop.
The DEEP site also has other fun features, including a map of fall foliage driving routes, a list of state parks and forests with viewing towers or lookout points, and a chart detailing the fall colors of many of the state’s most common trees. There is a sense of pride in calling yourself a citizen of Connecticut once you’ve seen the beauty and history that your state holds. Planning a road trip mid-week is recommended because roads are quieter, which allows for more opportunities to savor the views and explore on foot. CTBest Apartments offers the best locations, the best features, the best of everything for their homeowners. To learn more about living in the beautiful state of Connecticut, visit or call/text Desiree at 203-223-1665.