Fall Foliage Season
There is no better place to be for fall leaf peeping than in Maine. The melting of hues of leaves from green, to yellow, to burnt orange and crimson begins as early as mid-September in Fort Kent in northern Maine, and as late as Halloween in Kittery, at Maine's southern tip. The vibrant process begins in August as the warm weather wanes and Maine's 57 species of broadleaved trees begin preparing for autumn. Instead of slipping quietly into hibernation, nature trumpets the bright oranges and yellows of sugar maples, the purples of white ash, the scarlet of red and mountain maples, and the rich, earthy browns of black and white oak. Few sights satisfy the soul like the brilliant colors splashed across Maine's forests each autumn.
In September and October, the Maine Department of Conservation offers weekly reports on foliage conditions throughout the state on its website (Scan Code to go to Web Site.
In addition, the Maine Office of Tourism provides a toll-free foliage hotline from mid-September through Columbus Day: 1-888-MAINE45 (624-6345).