Central Maine (Zone 3)
Covers Central and Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta and Fryeburg
Typical Peak Week: Second Week in October
- Tourism Driving Tour: Apples & Arts
Start in Augusta and head through Hallowell to Lewiston/Auburn, on through Mechanic Falls to Gray, then back north through Winthrop to Belgrade Lakes and Waterville.
- Tourism Driving Tour: Lakes & Leaves
This tour begins in Skowhegan and goes north through Peaks-Kenny State Park and Moosehead Lake, then west to Jackman, and south along the tree-lined Kennebec River.
- Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway
The Old Canada Road (U.S Route 201) leads travelers on a trip through time. In towns like Bingham, classic clapboard homes line the streets and harken back to the boom days of the 19th and early 20th centuries when lumber barons reigned over the surrounding forest.
- Peaks-Kenny State Park - Peaks-Kenny State Park lies on the shores of Sebec Lake, offering day visitors and campers a peaceful, wooded setting in which to enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking.
- Androscoggin Riverlands State Park - Visitors enjoy the Androscoggin Riverlands year-round, with skiers and snowmobilers using the trails in winters and a mix of hiking, boating and ATVs in warmer seasons. Hunting is popular on these lands so be sure to wear highly visible clothing in the fall.
- Find more Maine State Parks, Public Lands & Historic Sites
Farms & Foliage - Maine Highlands Region
Depart Bangor and travel north on Route 15, as you crest Charleston Hill, autumn unfolds in every direction. Continue through Dover-Foxcroft, turn left on Route 7, turn right on the Sangerville Road and make your way to Stutzman’s Farm Stand and Bakery located in Sangerville. They offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods, brick oven pizza and on Sunday, they offer brunch with live music. As you make your way to Route 16, you may opt to take an easy walk upriver at the Guilford Memorial River Walk. At one time, this was the rail bed for the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad and offers a mixed species forest, a tranquil picnic spot, benches and good birding along the river (you might even see eagles, osprey and heron). Turn right on Route 16/15/6, and travel east along the Piscataquis River and you will capture the quintessential New England fall foliage photo at Lowes Covered Bridge.
Continue east and you will return to Dover-Foxcroft where you can visit Bob’s Farm, Home & Garden and find just about anything from seasonal items to kitchenware. The Farms & Foliage Tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of the two corn mazes located in The Maine Highlands, Treworgy Orchard in Levant and Thunder Road Farm in Corinna.
More Trip Ideas & Places to Visit
- Maine Agri-Tourism Map - The Maine Agri-Tourism map will help you plan new experiences and create lasting memories while having fun around agriculture.
- Maine Wine Trail - Our wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines.
- Maine Beer Trail - Small, handcraftered brewers.