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Things To Do in Maine - Fall Foliage Highlights

Kennebec River Valley Maine - Northern Outdoors

Enjoy Spectacular Maine Fall Colors - Leaf Hunters LOVE This Area!

Maine Fall Foliage Report - October 2015Keep an eye on Maine's Official Fall Foliage Report for the latest news on the leaves! These reports are updated weekly through October once colors start to change. Red means peak colors, which tends to be late Sept/early October here in The Forks. Northern Outdoors & The Forks is in Zone 5.

There is nothing like autumn in New England - and Maine tops the list for breath-taking vistas and great fall color.  Crisp mornings, misty lakes reflecting the reds and oranges of maples, the brilliant white of birch trees tracing up through colorful leaves — there is nothing quite so stunning.

Things To Do in Maine - Fall, Summer, Spring!

Whether visiting for a day or a week, fall in Maine offers plenty to see and explore among a natural riot of color.  Take a raft trip on the Kennebec or Dead RiverHike to a waterfall, crunching through fallen leaves and under a vivid canopy of foliage.  Pack a picnic and
take a drive or a motorcycle ride along backroads, stopping at overlooks and creekside rest areas along the way.  Whatever the chosen activity — don't forget
your camera!

Fall Rafting in Maine: Scenic, Unhurried, Total Recharge for Families and Friends

Kennebec River Rafting in Fall - MaineFall rafting on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers is a fantastic experience.  Mornings are crisp, perfect for coffee and hot chocolate.  The rivers reflect the colors of the trees in endless patterns, making it hard to know where water ends and land begins.  The rivers, never crowded, are even more wild and solitary than usual, so each outing seems more personal.  The trip through the Kennebec River Gorge, dark walls topped in blazing color not something that will soon be forgotten.

Fall Foliage Hikes: Easy to Moderate or Challenging: You Choose

Moxie Falls Hiking Trail, The Forks, MaineGuided Hut-to-Hut Hiking Adventures
Hike through class Maine wilderness from Northern Outdoors to two beautiful brand new Eco-lodge Huts that are newly built as part of the Maine Huts & Trails System. We offer three-day and three-night guided packages.  Distances average about 15 - 12 miles per day, with the reward of a comfortable bed and a hearty home cooked meal each evening.

Moxie Falls Waterfall Hike
An easy 1/2 mile hiking trail will take you to the top of one of the highest waterfalls in New England. View 90 foot Moxie Falls from one of several boardwalks built atop the steep, wooded gorge. The stream has numerous swimming holes and is a popular spot on warm days. A great hike for young and old - bring your bathing suit!

Moxie Falls in the Fall, The Forks, MaineFAST: Forks Area Scenic Trail
Directly across from The Forks Resort Center is the 5-mile Forks Area Scenic Trail system. This wonderful multi-purpose trail follows the Old Canada Road along the Kennebec River north to The Forks, located at the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead River Valleys.

Maine Appalachian Trail

Pleasant Pond Mountain (2480 ft.)
This is an outstanding half-day hike along the Appalachian National Hiking Trail that takes you to an open summit atop Pleasant Pond Mountain with spectacular 360° views of seemingly boundless forests and lakes.

Moxie Bald Mountain (2630 ft.)

This mountain is a long ridge running north/south for about 4 miles. Although the summit is not very high, the trail is moderately strenuous.  Stunning views!  Round trip distance 10 miles.


The Best Maine Scenic Drives for Viewing Fall Color

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway Route 201 MaineThe Old Canada Road Scenic Byway & Moosehead Lake Scenic Drive follows the route of generations of travelers between Maine and Quebec, Canada.  This stretch of US Route. 201 paralells the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, and the Dead River.   Also known as "Moose Alley"  this drive offers opportunities for spotting wildlife as well as leaf looking.

Add to this drive and loop up toward Moosehead Lake and Greenville, Maine

Maine Roads in Fall FoliageRangeley Lakes Scenic Byway loops and climbs
through mountains and lakes of western Maine.  Amazing long-range views, encounters with abundant wildlife, local museums, and classic New England towns dot the way. Routes 16 and 17 through Rangeley Lakes and Byron.

For more information on great scenic drives in Maine, check out "Scenic Driving New England (2nd Edition)" which lists these great drives and many others!

ATVs Touring:  The Best Trail Conditions of the Year Are in Fall in Maine!

Maine ATV Trails Fall Foliage - The Forks, MaineFor a four-wheeled adventure of a different kind, ATVs offer a great way to explore the unique beauty of fall in Maine.  Leaves cover the trails and provide a striking overhead canopy under which to travel.  Ride directly from your cabin door at Northern Outdoors! Ample parking and room for trailers.

Many overlooks and picnic areas dot the trails offering ideal opportunities to take breaks and enjoy fantastic views.  ATV enthusiasts can bring their own ride, or rent one locally.  Whether exploring in their own or with the help of a guide, fall ATV adventures in Maine take fun to a new level!
Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.
Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT