Fall Foliage Hikes & Events

Autumn in Maine is a glorious time of year. The foliage puts on a spectacular show of colors. We invite you to join us for a journey into the fall foliage with a knowledgeable guide.

A Walk in a "Way Downeast" State Park - Roque Bluffs

Date: September 27, 2014 - part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Roque Bluffs State Park, 145 Schoppee Point Road, Roque Bluffs, ME 04654
Event Type: Hiking - moderate, family fun, nature/wildlife appreciation; not wheelchair accessible; dogs welcome (leashes required).
Free with park admission fee. Registration is not required.
FMI: (207) 255-3475 Roque Bluffs State Park.

Join the Roque Bluffs park manager for a little bit of history of this beautiful state park, followed by a hike on the park's trail system. There are lots of trails so plan on about an hour and a half adventure!


Eagle Rock Trail Grand Opening Hike - Greenville

Date: September 27, 2014 - part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Little Moose Public Lands, Greenville - Trail location and driving directions from Greenville are in the description below.
Event Type: Hiking - challenging, not wheelchair accessible; nature/wildlife appreciation; dogs welcome (leashes required).
Free. Registration is not required.
FMI: Rex Turner at the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands; (207) 287-4920; rex.turner@maine.gov

Join a guided hike celebrating and unveiling a new 3.7 mile (one-way) hike to stunning vistas along the western flank of Big Moose Mt. Throughout 2014, Maine Conservation Corps trail crews have been constructing this new route across Plum Creek land to dramatic Eagle Rock -starting from the boundary of ME Parks and Lands’ Little Moose Public Lands. The trail passes through working forest and a forest reserve.

Great foliage and tremendous views of the Moosehead Lake Region await as does the opportunity to learn about the larger, multi-year, regional trail development project ongoing in the Moosehead area.

This is a 7.4 mile (total distance) hike, though climbing is limited and mostly modest (780′ elevation gain between the lowest and highest points). Participants will have the option to hike only a portion if limited by time and/or energy.

Trail is located at the end of the East Moore Bog Rd. (off North Rd.), within the Little Moose Public Lands, Moosehead Junction TWP & Big Moose TWP. Drive approximately 5 miles west from downtown Greenville and leave ME Rte. 6/15 turning onto the North Rd. (gravel). Drive 3.6 miles in from Rt. 6/15, turning onto the East Moore Bog Rd. and traveling another 1.4 miles. Those arriving by 9:45 AM can follow a lead vehicle from just off Rt.6/15 to the trailhead on the 5 miles of logging roads.


Explore the Season's Changes - South Berwick

Date: September 26 & 27, 2014 - part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!
Time: Sept. 26: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sept. 27: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Vaughan Woods State Park, 28 Oldfields Road, South Berwick, ME 03908
Event Type: Family fun, easy, nature/wildlife appreciation, no dogs please, not wheel chair accessible.
Free with park admission fee. Registration is not required.
FMI: (207) 384-5160 Vaughan Woods State Park.

Join Vaughan Woods State Park staff and local experts for “Explore the Season’s Changes” – a program as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend! Learn about:

  • Fur Bearers & Adaptations
  • Fish Migration Patterns
  • Reasons for Fall Leaf Colors
  • Impacts of Estuary Changes
  • Names of Migrating Birds
    & MORE!
    Remember: Two chances to catch this great program at Vaughan Woods - on Friday & Saturday!


Fall Foliage Paddle at Androscoggin Riverlands - Turner
with the Androscoggin Land Trust

Date: September 28, 2014 - part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Along the shore of Androscoggin Riverlands State Park on Gulf Island Pond. Departs from the boat access on Center Bridge Road in Turner at the northern end of the park.
Event Type: Paddling - moderate, nature/wildlife appreciation; not wheelchair accessible; no dogs please.
Free. Registration is not required.
FMI: (207) 782-2302 Androscoggin Land Trust.

Celebrate fall with a paddle on Gulf Island Pond, along the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. The paddling trip will depart from the boat access on Center Bridge Road in Turner at the northern end of the park, and include a round trip of approximately eight miles depending on the weather and water conditions. Paddlers will follow the shoreline of the recently designated state park, a property first conserved in the early 1990's by conservationists who played a role in creating the Androscoggin Land Trust, and learn its history. The landscape was once a thriving community, flooded when Gulf Island Dam was built in 1927. Remnants of old farmsteads remain on the shore and underwater. We’ll paddle down to an island, have lunch, and turn back. Paddle leader is with the Androscoggin Land Trust.

Bring your own boat and paddling gear (life vests mandatory). Bring wind/rain/sun protection gear, binoculars, camera, water, and your lunch.

Paddle will be held rain or shine unless conditions are treacherous.

For directions and more information about the park, visit the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park homepage. The Center Bridge boat access is just beyond the entrance to the park. Look for a small blue sign with a boat on it.

 

Fall Foliage Hikes at Mount Blue State Park - Weld

Date: October 4, 2014
Time: 2 Hikes:11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. start times.
Location: Center Hill Picnic Area, Mount Blue State Park.
Event Type: Hike - easy- for all ages, nature/wildlife appreciation; not wheelchair accessible; no dogs please.
Free with park admission fee. Registration is not required.
FMI: (207) 585-2261 Mount Blue State Park.

Join the park's MCC Environmental Steward and Park Manager for these family friendly fall hikes. Just a 1/2 mile in length, this looping hike also provides a sweeping view across the valley to Webb Lake and mountain range to the southwest of the park. Meet at the Center Hill Picnic Area. Follow Center Hill Road from Weld Village past the ranger station parking to the parking lot on Center Hill at the picnic area. Watch for the sign.

 

Peak foliage listings by region visit the Maine Foliage Reports provided by the Maine Forest Service.
Forest Trees of Maine is the guide to Maine's Trees. Order or download it from the Maine Forest Service.
Additional Fall Foliage events are listed at the Maine Office of Tourism website.

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