As one of the most popular getaway destinations among people from Boston, the Atlantic Seacoast and New York City, Vermont—aka the Green Mountain State—offers nothing but peace, quiet and tranquility.

When crisscrossing the state by car, as I’ve been doing in my quest to photograph every covered bridge in Vermont, I’ve laid eyes on the most beautiful agricultural landscapes—landscapes that consist of rolling green meadows; farmsteads surrounded by white fences; small artificial ponds with arched bridges and weeping willows; mooing cows; and signs indicating the harvest of specifics products, from maple syrup in spring to all kinds of vegetables in summer and berries and pumpkins in fall.

This photo post features my twenty  favorite photos of the agricultural landscapes of Vermont.

Agricultural Landscapes of Vermont in 20 Photos

Barn in West Norwich, agricultural landscapes of Vermont, USA

Barn in West Norwich in the fall

Farmhouse in Vermont, USA

Farmhouse in the Champlain Valley

Old Farmhouse, agricultural landscapes of Vermont, USA

Old farmhouse in central Vermont

A Rural Road in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Rural road in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

Fall Farm stand in rural Vermont, USA

Fall farm stand

In terms of area, Vermont is slightly smaller than my native country of Belgium (24,923 km² versus 30,528 km², or 9,620 sq. miles versus 11,787 sq. miles), but population-wise Vermont is virtually empty. It is the 49th most populous of all American states or, in other words, the 2nd least populous, second only after Wyoming.

Vermont is home to no more than 625,000 people; its capital Montpelier has less than 8,000 residents, making it the least populous capital city in the United States. Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, is the residence of about 42,000 people. It is the least populous city in the country that is the largest city in a state.

Additionally, Vermont is the only U.S. state without buildings that rise higher than 38 meters (124 feet).

All these numbers are simply to illustrate that Vermont is quite the rural state—it is, in fact, one of the most rural states in the United States.

Further reading: Winter in Vermont – Photo Essay

Farm in rural Vermont, USA

Picturesque farm in the Upper Valley

Apple Stand in Brandon, Vermont.

Apple stand in Brandon, Vermont

Barn, snow and a wood pile, a typical winter scene in Vermont.

Typical Vermont winter scene

Cows and farm buildings, Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

More than three-quarters of Vermont’s surface area are covered with forests. Lakes, highlands, meadows and farmlands make up the rest. It used to be the other way around, however. Historically, Vermont’s landscape was made up of rolling farmlands as far as the eye could see. Green fields dotted with sheep and cows stretched until the horizon and beyond, with only a few patches of woodland scattered about. The importance of farming has declined, though, probably due to the increase in international and domestic trade.

That’s not to say that all farms have disappeared from Vermont’s landscape, for there are still more than 7,000 farms in the state. Although cattle numbers have fallen drastically, milk production has doubled, thanks to an increased production per individual cow. Dairy farming is still a major economic activity in Vermont and the dairy barn—a few stories high, fiery red with white doorways and windows, and neighbored by a tall silo—is probably the state’s most well-known image.

Agricultural landscapes of Vermont: farmstead in the middle of winter.

Farmstead in the middle of winter

Mist behind a tree farm in rural Vermont.

Mist hanging over a tree farm

Agricultural landscapes of Vermont: Barn

A solar-paneled barn in the Upper Valley

Agricultural landscapes of Vermont: farm buildings

Snow melting around a farm in southern Vermont

Agricultural landscapes of Vermont: road through farmlands

Sunny road through the farmlands of northern Vermont

When it comes to income from production, dairy is Vermont’s leading product, followed closely by maple syrup. There are more farm stands and farmers markets per capita in Vermont than in any other American state. Additionally, Vermont is home to more cheese makers per capita than anywhere else in the nation.

Local and organic farming is encouraged by the state government, which creates a pleasant community feel. In summer and fall, people flock to local farm stands for the absolute freshest and healthiest of produce. And a visit to a Saturday morning farmers market is an experience in itself.

Further reading: 25 Covered Bridges in Vermont

Agricultural landscapes of Vermont: rural barn

Barn in a remote corner of Vermont

A warm rural sunset in the fields of Vermont.

Warm rural sunset in the fields of Vermont

Snow-covered farm buildings in central Vermont.

Snow-covered farm buildings, central Vermont

View of a farm in a valley in eastern Vermont

View of an Upper Valley farm

Beautiful farmlands in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Gorgeous rural landscape in the Northeast Kingdom

You can find many more Vermont photos in my portfolio!

Bram Reusen

Bram Reusen is a Belgian travel photographer, writer and the founder of Travel. Experience. Live. He now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. From backpacking and adventuring to slow travel and cycling trips, Bram focuses on nature and adventure travel. His passions are hiking in national parks and sampling craft beers.


Lauren · May 14, 2015 at 16:05

It seems like Vermont is beautiful to enjoy in all seasons. I would love visiting a small farm stand to buy some local vegetables and fruits. Thanks for sharing!

    Bram Reusen · May 15, 2015 at 10:27

    Vermont is absolutely great in every season, but I do prefer summer and fall! 🙂

Supriya · May 14, 2015 at 18:55

Hey Bran

Glad you posted this. We’ve been considering a weekend getaway to either White Mountains or Vermont in the month of August. These photos sure help. Any suggestions on which area we could research more on? We’re looking to take my parents who enjoy light hikes, scenic beauty and lakes.

Thanks and we’ll be reading your posts! 🙂

    Bram Reusen · May 15, 2015 at 10:34

    Hey Supriya. Thanks for your comment! First of all, excellent choice to come to New England in the summer! For hiking and the other things you mention, the White Mountains in New Hampshire are absolutely ideal. It’s a great region to drive through, stopping on the way to do some hikes, relax on the shore of a pond and enjoy some great views. Vermont is also home to some amazing hiking destinations, most notable in the Green Mountains. An area in Vermont that I would recommend is Burlington and Stowe and the villages and farmlands along the entire length of Route 100.

Annick - ourworldheritage · May 16, 2015 at 05:29

Loved this picture essay! It looks like a great place to live in. Absolutely adored the fall pictures, with the cute apple & farmers stand. Looks really inviting!

    Bram Reusen · May 16, 2015 at 10:52

    Hey Annick! I’m glad that you liked my photos. It is an incredibly peaceful place to live in, indeed. 🙂

Patti · May 18, 2015 at 15:10

Wow! I did not know that. Now I want to visit Vermont even more so, especially in the fall with the glorious colors!

    Bram Reusen · May 22, 2015 at 08:03

    Yes, fall is definitely the best season to visit, Patti. Summer’s pretty nice too, though!

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