September 22, 2021 – Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the upcoming weeks. The second 2021 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) reports low color change (less than 30 percent) throughout most of the state. As of September 22, 2021, Maine Forest Rangers in northern Maine report less than 50 percent color change, with low leaf drop.
Typically, northern Maine (zones six and seven) reach peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions mid-to-late October.
This Week’s Foliage Outlook
“With the autumn equinox upon us and the weather becoming more seasonal, the landscape of Maine is developing its subtle hues of the fall colors this week. It truly is the most wonderful time of year to be in Maine, weatherwise and otherwise!” said Maine fall foliage spokesperson Gale Ross.
As leaf peepers begin to travel throughout the state to witness the changing colors, Ross encourages people to keep in mind that visitors will be sharing the woods with moose, bird and bear hunters when visiting northern Maine within the next few weeks. It’s important to Look Out for ME by being safe, aware of one’s surroundings, and respectful to the land, other people, and animals.
Fall Foliage Trip Ideas
- For those looking ahead for fall plans, the Cumberland County Fair kicks off this Sunday and runs through October 2. There is fun for everyone, from the pumpkin contest and squash weigh-off to harness racing.
- For night sky gazers, plan to celebrate Maine’s dark starlit skies at the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival, September 29 through October 3, with a full line-up of events, including a bioluminescent paddle and stargazing on Sand Beach.
- As foliage progresses throughout the state, this week’s report focuses on the exploration of The Maine Highlands. This large region provides the opportunity to witness the changing autumn hues against Maine’s highest peak, Katahdin. For a road trip adventure, take the journey along the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway to enjoy the National Monument, including scenic vistas and untouched wilderness.
Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com to sign up to receive weekly reports by email and can share their photos from throughout the state as the progression of color begins. Our Facebook page will include statewide events throughout the foliage season, and our Instagram account (@mainefoliage) will also feature colorful fall shots. For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.
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