Southern Maine (Zone 1)
Covers Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport and Kittery
Peak Week: Mid to Late October
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- Midcoast Ramble
This drive starts in coastal Brunswick and heads Downeast along Route 1. There are countless possibilities for detours down the "fingers" of coastline. One way takes visitors to Boothbay Harbor or head down to bucolic Pemaquid Point and its famous lighthouse. Visitors can amble down the back roads past saltwater farms to the scenic harbor at Friendship or to Wyeth country in Cushing. Back on Route 1, it's time to carry on through to Rockland, where the full range of the artistic genius of the Wyeth family can be seen at the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Museum. Finish the drive in Camden, and ascend to the 800-foot summit of Mount Battie at Camden Hills State Park, where spectacular views are enhanced by the foliage that runs right down to the harbor.
- The North Loop Trail at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport presents an exceptionally bright yellow display that normally peaks in mid-October.
- Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal provides views of surrounding forests and Casco Bay's Calendar Islands. The foliage color peaks usually occur in late September to mid-October. The park is a popular place to observe migrating hawks in September.
- The park trails at Ferry Beach State Park in Saco offer a view of the park's tupelo or blackgum trees which are uncommon in Maine. The tupelo trees turn a bright crimson and normally reach peak coloration in late September or early October.
- Camden Hills State Park provides spectacular views of fall foliage are available from the auto road to the top of Mt. Battie, as well as from hiking trails on Mt. Megunticook and Bald Rock Mountain.
- Find more Maine State Parks, Public Lands & Historic Sites
- From Mountaintop to the Sea - Travel through MidCoast Maine for views of fall foliage from mountain-top to the sea as your vista spans from Mount Battie or the summits of Camden Hills State Park.
- Pick Your Own Orchards - Veer off the beaten path down a country road inland to Hope, Appleton, or Union where there are pick-your-own orchards abound!
- Explore a New Peninsula - Travel down the Port Clyde, Boothbay or Pemaquid peninsulas, where vistas vibrant with red, gold, orange, and pine green will be interrupted by delicious seafood and secret beaches.
- Education by the Sea - At the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, celebrate the changing colors of fall with miles of walking trails and an educational experience for the whole family. In Belfast, you also have an opportunity to sail the Penobscot on a cruise.
- Kayak Adventure - To enjoy the autumn foliage from the ocean, including the many vibrant islands of Penobscot Bay, you can rent a kayak for a few hours or an entire day!
- Blaze a Trail - There are more than ten unique trails in Brunswick for walking, hiking, and biking through the foliage. Find one that fits your level of expertise!
- Visit a Lighthouse - Among Maine’s 65 lighthouses, many are open to the public, some even offer access to keeper’s quarters. A good number have adjacent museums.
- Trails, Hikes and Nature Preserves in MidCoast Maine - Find trails in Maine's Midcoast, including Brunswick, Wiscasset, Bath, and Damariscotta.
- Hub & Spoke from Portland, Maine Itinerary - Four day itinerary of adventure and shopping in the Portland region.
- Art & Garden Trip Ideas in Coastal Maine - A four day itinerary for fun filled days of art, gardens and museums.
- Maine's Pumpkin Trail - Maine's Pumpkin Trail covers 40 miles of Maine's charming coastline and features family events, parades, cruises and more!
- Maine Wine Trail - Maine wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines.
- Maine Beer Trail - Small, handcrafted brewers.
- Maine Agri-Tourism - Plan new experiences and create lasting memories while having fun around agriculture.
- Nature Programs & Events at State Parks
- Celebrate autumn with a quintessential New England festival, the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest, where giant pumpkins steal the show against a beautiful autumn backdrop in this small town.
- The Common Ground Fair draws people from all over New England to Unity Maine. The drive there is spectacular.
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