Foliage Report for October 19, 2011
Southernmost Maine Holds Last Views of Foliage Color
AUGUSTA, Maine – Central and southernmost Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the weekend, according to the final 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).
Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in each of the state's seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently 50 to 70 percent, rangers say.
Rangers attribute the fast color change during the past week to wet weather and for the most part, a warm foliage season with only a few cool nights producing a frost.
Final hikes and rides lead by MDOC Foresters and Park Rangers include a 56 mile round-trip fall foliage ATV ride and an 18 mile round-trip bicycle ride, covering one of the most spectacular sections of the Down East Sunrise trail beginning at 9 am, Saturday, Oct 22.
A guided hike at Shackford Head State Park in Eastport includes an easy 1-mile hike on the Shackford Head Overlook trail, followed by a moderate hike on Schooner Trail beginning at 10 am, Sunday, Oct 23.
A gentle ½ mile, wheelchair accessible hike throughout the woods and coastline of Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport will also take place on Sunday, Oct 23, beginning at 2 pm. For more information please visit www.parksandlands.com
While this is the last foliage report of the 2011 season, Maine foliage fans can continue to share photos and favorite viewing spots at the Maine Fall Foliage page on Facebook, or follow foliage news on Twitter using the "mainefoliage" hashtag.
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.
Current Conditions - The Foliage Conditions map on this page is the foliage zone map used by Maine Forest Service Rangers when reporting fall foliage conditions.
|Zone Number||Color Change||Leaf Drop|
|3||Past Peak||Near total|
|2||Past Peak||Near total|
|1||Past Peak||Near total|
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: DowneastMaine, including Machias, Bar Harbor, and Penobscot Bay
Zone 1: Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Kittery