October 6, 2021 – The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry’s (DACF) Foliage Report for October 6 to October 13 indicates moderate to high color change ( 50 to 70 percent) throughout most of the state. As of October 6, Maine Forest Rangers in northern Maine have reported peak conditions (70 to 100 percent color change), with moderate 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
“We are experiencing a beautiful stretch of weather, making this long holiday weekend the perfect time to get outdoors to enjoy the varying contrasts of the fall colors, mingled in with the greens in the upper elevations and the forest canopies of Maine,” said Gale Ross, Maine’s Fall Foliage Spokesperson.
Fall Foliage Trip Ideas
There are several fall events and trip ideas to consider for the long weekend celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day:
- The annual Damariscotta Pumpkinfest takes place this weekend, showcasing giant decorated pumpkins along Main Street. Read the “pumpkin visitors guide” for updated event details.
- Peak conditions in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region make it the perfect time to head to Sunday River for their Fall Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the craft fair and scenic chairlift rides for optimal foliage views, the New England Cornhole Championship, and even the quirky North American Wife Carrying Championship.
- The inaugural Maine Fiber Trails & Tours takes place on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Maine-grown fiber and explore the craft of local fiber production.
- For leaf peepers looking for a vibrant fall adventure this weekend, head to Maine’s Lakes and Mountains, the state’s western region. If you’re not headed to Newry to partake in Sunday River’s Fall Festival, drive along Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway following Routes 17 and 4 for mountainous vistas and lake views. This 52-mile drive wraps around Rangeley Lake and follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains leading into hills and valleys. Stop at the Height of Land, a scenic lookout on Route 17 with Mooselookmeguntic and Upper Richardson lakes views. For outdoor lovers looking for a moderate hike, try the two-mile trail up Bald Mountain in Oquossoc for panoramic autumn views and an ideal spot for a picnic lunch.
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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