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Maine fall foliage trip

The temps for this Maine fall foliage weekend have risen into a very comfortable 75 or so degrees, depending on what part of New England you are visiting. Lisa and I are started our fall foliage vacation in Greenville Maine and are closing it out in Rangeley Maine. (although NH will be covered in the next article)

greenville Maine welcome sign

greenville Maine welcome sign

Saturday night I sat out on our rooms balcony at the Kineo lodge that provides an expansive view down into Greenville and Moosehead Lake.

This night was warm enough to be comfortable in bare feet and a t-shirt (11PM) and I had billions of stars above, to keep me company.

Day 1, travel to Greenville.

We traveled up 95 from MA to NH and as we travelled north we found the color along 95 to be very nice. It wasn’t 100% but when it showed up, it was bright with reds really standing out.  Once we left I-95 and proceeded on the backroads to Greenville we saw very nice color but not peak. If you arrive the 2-3rd it will be peak in Greenville.

The Golden road is not paved in gold (or paved)

moose hoof print

moose hoof print

The next morning we drove up to Lily bay park and then followed the dirt road to the golden road (another rough dirt road) up to the south gate of Baxter State park. We didn’t get there until almost 4PM so we went no first than the ranger station.

We stopped at Lazy Tom bog which is popular to spot moose but we arrived at mid morning and all I found was a huge hoof print.

Katahdin at Abol bridge

Katahdin at Abol bridge

We arrived at the Abol river bridge (West Branch of the Penobscot River and Abol Stream) and we pulled over after passing the bridge.

I walked back for a fabulous view of Mount Katahdin from the middle of the bridge.

The Northern restaurant is at the bridge so we stopped for lunch and I now have the 3rd moose of the day. It was catching a nap in the back of a hunters truck. 🙁

We then started to drive back to Greenville we saw a turnoff for the Katahdin Iron Works. Which Lisa said would be a short cut to Greenville. We drove in until we can to a registration building. apparently its 12$ per person to go through. So I snapped a picture of the Iron works and we headed back the way we came. We continued the long way into Greenville. We had dinner and called it a night.

The unplanned nightmare

flat tire in Maine

flat tire in Maine

We explored a few stores in downtown Greenville and then headed down 15 to 16 and then we got the flat that diverted us from search for peak fall color the rest of the day, sort of…

You see while we were driving all over trying to find someone who was open and had our tire (note to self make sure your tires are mainstream).

We found that route 16 from Guilford west to Rangeley was at least 50% towards peak, all the way to peak so take a look at Route 16 over the next few days to this Friday and you should see some very pleasing color along it.

The tourism folks exaggerated the arrival of peak being at Baxter but the weather post I made on my Facebook page was a lot closer to reality. The hills around Rangeley are looking at 50% towards peak.

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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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Maine fall foliage report 26 Sept — 11 Comments

  1. Thanks wish I could but my house and my great sitter for both the house and my collie King George doesn’t work till Monday when I fly out at 12pm and get in Manchester at 2am on Tuesday

    • Well Paul, we all have to work within the schedules that we have. So this coming week is so-so but not terrible. More rain the following weekend. This is the enemy of fall foliage. I think a coastal trip up to Canada will be better but any direction will see short lived fall colors. This year the weather is working against us. You can keep up on the foliage reports as you get here and check in with me on Facebook also. Things tend flow out of there faster due to many other eyes making post with pictures.

    • Hell leave right now! 🙂 Heavy rain tomorrow could erase all the leaves. If we get a light rain and no wind then you are ok for Sunday. But apparently the colors have been showing up this week in spades in the white mountains…. It all depends on the rain received.

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  3. Hi, my name is LeoPaule Fortin, on the 7th I will be coming from Idaho to travel to Trois Pistoles to meet family I never knew existed until last yr. My father Roland who died from injuries firefighting just a yr after I returned from my 2 yrs in the Vietnam war. My family never knew of any relatives but knew where his family came from Trois Pistoles. Last year at TP I found a ancestory center, the 2 very nice ladies helped me with my little understanding of French and their English ability. When they finished they traced my dads family to 1640 in Northren France. Then Julie the youngest said I am your cousin and the older lady said so am I but more distant. So this yr I fly into New Hampshire at Manchester. I’ve never driven little in New Brunswick, what do you think the colors would be like this time of year. Paul

    • 7 Oct should be very good in Manchester and as you will be driving north to Quebec, you will drive right through the fall colors and then the further north you go the more the colors will fade. Depending on when you come back south you may have to drive south of Manchester to see more colors. It all depends on the schedule.

  4. Jeff, we will be staying 3 nights in Stowe from Oct.16 to Oct 19. I sure hope it won’t be too late to see the colors! What do you think?

    • Well the colors haven’t hit peak there yet at least no one has reported it yet but they should be fading by this time. we have rain due in this next weekend and that can affect many things. We’ll see what that does to it..

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