September 21, 2022 — Maine’s leaf-bearing trees will show off their array of fall colors in the coming weeks. The second 2022 Maine Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) reports low color (10-30 percent) color change throughout portions of central Maine. As of September 21, 2022, DACF Maine Forest Service Rangers in northern Maine report very low color change (0-10 percent), with very low leaf drop.

“DACF Forest Rangers have been reporting their foliage observations throughout the state since 1959. Back then rangers would radio in their on-the-ground observations throughout the 7 zones, which in turn would be filtered out to local radio stations. We’ve come a long way since then, and have gone global. We still rely heavily on their observations to build the foliage report,” said Maine Foliage Report spokesperson Gale Ross.

Typically, northern Maine (zones 6 and 7) reach peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. The rest of the state’s color progression start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions in mid-to-late October.

“With the cooler fall-like temperatures this week, the colors will emerge rapidly. Fall officially begins tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, so there is plenty of time to plan an outdoor adventure in the upcoming weeks among the crisp weather and beautiful hues of the fall colors,” said Ross.

Follow the 2022 Maine Fall Foliage Forecast and take advantage of these event and activity tips and ideas for colorful road trips throughout Maine:

  • Agricultural fall fair season is well underway and the 150th Cumberland Fair opens this Sunday, September 25, and runs through October 1. Families can take advantage of the changing season with agricultural fun, a demolition derby and a pumpkin contest and squash weigh-off.
  • This week’s Foliage Report focuses on the next region of Maine to experience a concentration of autumn colors, The Maine Highlands. This sizeable inland region provides spectacular scenic touring routes and backdrops found only in the region including Maine’s highest peak and largest lake, Katahdin and Moosehead respectively, and the Katahdin Woods & Waters Scenic Byway and National Monument. Have your camera ready for untouched wilderness, wildlife watching and vivid foliage.

Autumn enthusiasts can visit the state’s official foliage website at 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 taking place 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.