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Maine Anticipates Spectacular Fall Foliage
September 10, 2014 Marks the Official Launch of Season


Today is the official start of Maine’s fall foliage season.  The 2014 Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports that the northernmost area of the state is still green with hints of color.

“Ever so subtle changes are occurring in the northern regions of the state (zones 6 and 7), but right now we are still on track for a typical fall foliage season with northern Maine reaching peak conditions by the end of September into the first week of October.  The rest of the state’s progression of color will start occurring from north to south in mid-October. Coastal Maine typically reaches peak conditions October 13 through October 25,” according to Gale Ross, Maine’s fall foliage spokesperson.

While peak conditions are still weeks away, Maine Forest Service rangers and state park rangers in the northern part of the state including Aroostook County, northern Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties are reporting subtle changes in leaf color.

As overnight temperatures drop into the 40s and daylight decreases, rangers expect a gradual change in leaf color from north to south culminating in peak conditions in late October.

Leaf peepers can visit the state’s official foliage website and sign-up to receive weekly reports by e-mail. Visitors and natives can share their photos of the riot of color throughout the state as the leaves gradually change.  There will also be information about the fall foliage and ranger-led hikes in the state parks.

In addition to the spectacular fall foliage, visitors to Maine can also enjoy the many fall festivals that occur throughout the state.  The Trails End Festival 2014 will take place in Millinocket this weekend, September 12 – 14. People in the Katahdin Region and from all over will celebrate with food, activities and fun for the whole family in downtown Millinocket.

For those interested in celebrating the state’s maritime heritage “Open Lighthouse Day” is on Saturday, September 13. Visitors will receive complimentary entry to 22 iconic light stations.  For additional information visit:

For more information about Maine fall activities and festivals, go to or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345.