Best time to travel to Maine

Maine Fall Foliage

Enjoy the state's yellow, reds and oranges in the full swing


Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva
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Maine's farms, mountains, state parks, and coast provide lovely settings for fall leaf watchers. Color in the state progresses from north to south. Northern Maine is near peak conditions late September into early October. Central and western mountains of Maine are near peak Columbus day week. As a rule, coastal and southern Maine reaches peak conditions mid-to-last October. Here are some suggestions for the supreme sites in each region of Maine and the best time to visit one or another for the best fall colors.

Northern Maine (peak foliage: last September–early October)

Mount Kineo at Moosehead Lake, Maine 2020
Mount Kineo at Moosehead Lake, Maine

Maine's northern hillsides begin to redden with more than half of the trees displaying fall colors. Leaf peeping at locations like Fort Kent, Eagle Lake Public Land, Mount Kineo, Aroostook State Park, and Rockwood definitely deserves to be a part of your unforgettable vacation.

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Central and Western Maine (peak foliage: first half of October)

The second week of October is the best period for peak color in central and western Maine. Fall foliage color is in full swing there and especially in Grafton Notch State Park, Rangeley Lake State Park, Baxter State Park, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Lily Bay State Park, Bigelow Preserve, and Sebec Lake. You won't regret visiting Greenville, Moosehead, Jackman, and Rockwood as well.

Western Maine (mid-October)

Rumford Falls in Autumn 2020
Rumford Falls in Autumn

The best period for peak color in central Maine is around the third week of October. This is one of the peak terms for leaf-peeping as peak conditions are coloring Maine hills of Fryeburg, Skowhegan, Farmington, and Rumford.

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Southern and coastal Maine (late October)

Sebago Lake 2020
Sebago Lake

Last week of October is the best week for peak fall foliage in southern and coastal Maine. Here, in Acadia National Park, Camden Hills State Park, Bridgton, Sebago Lake region, Kennebunk, Wells, Limerick, and York, you will inevitably feel the gentle touch of passing fall.

Road Trip

Maine Fall Foliage in Maine - Best Season 2020

A road trip across Maine can turn into the most exciting way to admire the foliage. Route 1 can show many excellent sites to stop along the way to Rockport, Rockland, and Camden. If you start your trip from Brunswick, you will find numerous "fingers" to explore on the coastline: Pemaquid Point with its famous lighthouse, Boothbay Harbor, and the picturesque Friendship harbor are here for your attention. Once you reach Camden, head to Penobscot Bay to see how the fall leaves create a scenic backdrop behind the town.

Where to Stay

Your Maine fall foliage journey can be complete only with appropriate accommodation to stay, a place where you feel home away from home. Fortunately, the are a lot of campgrounds and places to stay around the state, such as Bear Point Marina Campground and Cabins, Mt. Blue State Park Campground, or South Arm Campground near Richardson Lake. If you plan to bring your dog with you, there is plenty of pet-friendly lodging as well.