AUGUSTA – Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, is reminding Maine residents and visitors start planning for upcoming fall foliage sightseeing opportunities.
Peak foliage conditions generally appear first in far Northern Maine around the last week in September and work their way south through mid- to late-October. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry provides weekly foliage reports and observations throughout the season to help residents and visitors plan their sightseeing excursions.
“Maine is beautiful year-round, but especially in the fall,” Sen. Diamond said. “The foliage around Lake Sebago is awe-inspiring, and I encourage everyone to consult the website and make the most of this opportunity.”
The Department began its weekly updates, available at www.mainefoliage.com, on September 14th. State officials say conditions should arrive right on schedule this year. Foliage updates can be found on Twitter under @MaineFoliage.
Fall in the lakes region is full of adventures, from boating to leave peeping and migration outings to see birds coming and leaving their fall home. There is wine tasting at local shops and wineries. Shopping is excellent for Maine treats to take home. Deals abound for early holiday shopping.
Trips to places like Raymond Beach or Hacker’s Hill provide excellent views of the foliage. Getting to Babb’s Bridge might be more difficult with construction and repairs happening this fall, but try visiting Gambo Dam off River Road near the soccer field. There is a great hiking trail and a lot of wildlife to observe.
The Maine Foliage website also contains more resources to help plan where to go, shop, stay, and eat during the peak season.