October 7, 2020 – This final Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) reports past peak conditions for this upcoming weekend in northern, western, and central Maine. Coastal and southern regions are displaying peak color changes (70 – 100 percent color change). All of Maine is seeing high to near-total leaf drop.
“Mother Nature decided to throw in her two cents to prove she’s still in charge of all things foliage by making this one of the quickest foliage seasons I’ve seen in all my years of reporting,” notes Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage coordinator. “While you will still find pockets of green, mostly our mighty oaks, along the immediate coast and southern Maine, Mother Nature is saying farewell to another fall foliage season.”
While the current foliage map shows all state regions are currently experiencing peak foliage or beyond peak conditions, rest assured that even “past peak” is still beautiful and photo-worthy. Heading into this long holiday weekend, coastal and southern area conditions are still colorful. Take in this short season while there’s still time by participating in Maine Maple Producers Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, as part of the North American Maple Tour. Participating maple producers can be found here.
With warm weather predicted for the weekend, catch the foliage along the coast by heading to Boothbay to explore the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in all its harvesttime glory with seasonal blooms, waterfalls, and sculptures. For a more adventurous take on leaf-peeping, try your hand at rail cycling or even rock climbing in other areas within the MidCoast. Or, if you plan to explore the southern coast, consider Marginal Way, an easy one-mile paved coastal path winding along the Atlantic with unbeatable panoramic views.
During these unusual times, please be safe while exploring Maine this fall. For travel and visitor information as it relates to COVID-19, go to visitmaine.com/travel-with-care.
Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com to sign up to receive weekly reports by email and are encouraged to share foliage images from regions throughout Maine as the progression of color unfolds. Be sure to tag your pictures with @mainefoliage on Instagram and use #MaineFoliage. Our Facebook page will also include safe ways to enjoy fall this year. For more information about visiting Maine safely this fall, visit maine.gov/covid19.
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