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Rhode Island Fall Foliage Drive

Rhode Island's state tree is the red maple, which turns shades of gold, purple, and scarlet in fall and is common across the state. But this small state is also home to a diversity of species like scarlet oak, white oak, northern red oak, yellow birch, gray birch, ash, black cherry and more. Pine forests dominate southern woodlands, reserving the most dramatic leaf peeping for the northern and western regions. You'll find dense forests, rolling meadows with centuries-old stone walls, an occasional orchard or pumpkin patch, and the quintessential New England country store along the way.

This tour through the state's quieter corners begins in Providence, where you can stroll across Brown University's handsome campus of dignified academic buildings and towering shade trees. Drive north from Providence, via Route 112 and then Route 114 north for about 12 miles to Cumberland, a rural community of undulating woodland crowned by a canopy of sugar maple, scarlet oak, and birch trees. Stop at Diamond Hill Vineyards, whose vineyards and apple orchards yield an intriguing selection of wines—the sparkling cider and spiced-apple wine are perfect on a cool October day. Drive west about 12 miles on Route 116 through Greenville, turning west on U.S. 44 for 7 miles to the tiny hamlet of Chepachet.

Updated: 08-2013

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