October 13, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry’s (DACF) Foliage Report for October 13 to October 20 indicates high to peak color change (70 to 100 percent) throughout most of the state. As of October 6, Maine Forest Rangers in northern Maine have reported past peak conditions, with moderate leaf drop.
Typically, northern Maine (zones six and seven) reaches 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
“The entire state of Maine is ablaze with color for this upcoming weekend, but with plenty of green in the oaks along the immediate coast to create an amazing contrast,” said Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson. “I like to call this “Maine’s weekend.” With the long holiday weekend behind us, you can take those long leisurely drives, hikes and bikes rides throughout the state and find less traffic to view the colors of fall.”
Fall Foliage Trip Ideas
- Families looking to get outside this weekend for harvest activities can pick apples at a nearby orchard or make their way through a corn maze, like the award-winning Treworgy Orchards maze, this year themed after Charlotte’s Web.
- To get in the spooky spirit, book a haunted guided outdoor walking tour with Red Cloak Tours in a number of Maine cities and towns.
- If you plan to explore Downeast this weekend, take a road trip to Acadia National Park to see the foliage surrounded by mountains, lakes and the ocean. Drive up Cadillac Mountain for the ultimate foliage views at the summit and see up to 100 miles, or for outdoor adventurers, hike the mountain. Rent a bike on the island and pedal along the carriage roads to enjoy the foliage from a different perspective.
- As foliage continues to make its way down along the coast and into the southern region of the state, take a day trip to Ogunquit next weekend for OgunquitFest 2021, October 22-24. Enjoy October weather during events like the outside artisan craft fair and live music, classic car show, Dogtober costume parade, Greek market and an Oktoberfest party.
Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com to sign up to receive weekly Foliage 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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