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Foliage Report for October 1, 2014
BEAUTIFUL TAPESTRY OF COLOR THROUGHOUT MAINE AS LEAVES RAPIDLY CHANGE
October 1, 2014 - Augusta, ME From Fort Kent in the north down through Bangor in the central part of the state, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is now reporting peak leaf color with low leaf drop of less than 30%.
“The colors of fall are reflecting off the water throughout Moosehead Lake in Greenville (Zone 5) as the foliage is approaching peak conditions this weekend,” according to Gale Ross, Fall Foliage spokesperson. “Forest rangers are reporting that the maples throughout Maine are casting fiery red colors in central and western Maine as well, with low (30%) leaf drop,” Ross noted.
Maine’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com provides weekly reports by e-mail and an opportunity to share photos of favorite spots in Maine to watch the leaves turn color.
This upcoming weekend the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is offering ranger-led fall foliage hikes at Mount Blue State Park in Weld and Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal. www.maine.gov/dacf/fallfoliagehikes.
In addition to viewing the spectacular fall foliage, there is a lot to do in Maine this weekend.
Enjoy wagon rides, making homemade cedar shakes, fresh cider and more on October 4th and 5th as part of Living History Days in Bradley. www.leonardsmills.com
Travel to Freeport this weekend for the 16th Annual Fall in the Village Art & Music Festival at the LL Bean Discovery Park. View the works of talented artists and artisans while enjoying great live music, refreshments and more. www.freeportusa.com
Enjoy the foliage while visiting the galleries of downtown Bar Harbor. On October 3rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art Walk Bar Harbor will include traditional and contemporary art including sculpture, glass, pottery, jewelry, fiber art and fashion. Several of the galleries will host meet the artists events. www.artwalkbarharbor.com
Family Harvest Day at Boothbay Railway Village celebrates the bounty of autumn at this new old-fashioned, family-friendly festival with apple cider pressing, antique tractors, a pumpkin hayride and more. October 4th and 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.railwayvillage.org
For more information about fall activities and events in Maine go to www.visitmaine.com.
|Zone Number||Color Change||Leaf Drop|
Zone 7: Northeastern Maine, including Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle
Zone 6: Northwestern Maine
Zone 5: Western Mid-Maine, including Greenville, Rangeley, Bethel
Zone 4: Eastern Mid-Maine, including Houlton, Millinocket, and Calais
Zone 3: Central and Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta, and Fryeburg
Zone 2: Downeast Maine, including Machias, Bar Harbor, and Penobscot Bay
Zone 1: Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Kittery