Foliage Color Peaking in Maine's Western Mountains
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color is spreading through the lakes and mountains region of western Maine, according to the fourth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
|Maine foliage conditions for October 6. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation.|
Forest rangers in the tracking zone covering Bethel, Rangeley, the Carrabassett Valley region, and Moosehead Lake are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of less than 50 percent. This weekend will be a good one to hike a mountain or tour one of the three scenic byways in the region, rangers said.
Peak color is also holding on in Aroostook County despite recent frosts, and is covering the tracking zone from Millinocket to Lincoln and Calais. Leaf drop is moderate in these regions according to the report.
High color, from 50 to 70 percent toward peak, has reached the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. This region also has moderate leaf drop, according to rangers.
Moderate color, from 30 to 50 percent toward peak, and low leaf drop of less than 30 percent is being reported in all costal locations from Kittery to Eastport.
Maine’s fall foliage conditions are updated each Wednesday through Oct. 13 at www.mainefoliage.com . Visitors can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email, and submit photos of foliage scenes from around Maine. The reports can also be seen on the Maine Office of Tourism and Maine Fall Foliage Facebook pages.
The season's final three guided fall foliage excursions with a DOC park manager and district forester will take place this weekend at Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, Shackford Head State Park and Camden Hills State Park. Learn more about each event at www.parksandlands.com .
Acadia's Oktoberfest happens Oct. 9, and the Fall Foliage Festival at Boothbay Railway Village and Fall Festival Weekend at Sunday River take place Oct. 9-10.
Go to www.visitmaine.com or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.