The Forks, Maine Fall Foliage Report

Fall is an amazing time of year in Maine – and whether you’re aiming to take a leaf peeping day trip for craft beer and lunch, or looking for an overnight adventure (yep, we’ve got cabins), we’re here to let you know exactly what the foliage is doing here in The Forks! So, every week starting in mid September until mid-October, our team will be flying high to get you a bird’s eye view of the changing colors in The Forks area for your Forks Area, Maine Fall Foliage Report. Generally, we see peak foliage sometime between the last week of September and first week of October. This is perfect timing for our Last Blast on the Dead River, or a fun fall ATV trip! If you’re looking for more to do, check out our TOP 5 things to do in The Forks in the fall!

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The Forks, Maine Fall Foliage Report 2023

Weekly Photo: October 17th, 2023

Fall Foliage in The Forks, Maine October 2023

Photo date: October 17th, 2023
Photo Location: Above Northern Outdoors, looking north over Martin Pond, Route 201, and the Kennebec River


Weekly Report, Week of October 16th, 2023:

You can see from the photo that we’re definitely past peak– but it’s worth noting, there are still trees hanging on to green leaves! The drive along Route 201 between Bingham and The Forks is lined with yellow foliage, as the trees along the river always seem to have a delayed color change. Regardless of the status, it’s a beautiful time of year to explore outdoors- and there’s still plenty to do! ATV trails for our area are open through the end of October, so you can rent a trailside cabin and trailer up. Or, take a road trip along Route 201, a National Scenic Byway, to visit the lodge and stay for a few nights. Make it a brewery road trip — check out the recommended Kennebec Valley Beer Trail to find some delicious food and great beer in our neck of the woods! Our favorite stop on the list is Kennebec River Pub & Brewery of course 😉 While you’re here, take a moment to explore Moxie Falls or Mosquito Mountain (picture below). If you’re hanging in the woods, be sure to wear your hunters orange — it’s bird hunting season currently, with deer hunting beginning at the end of October!

Mosquito Mountain Foliage The Forks Maine

Photo date: October 2nd, 2023
When is peak foliage in The Forks, Maine?

Each year, we expect to see peak foliage conditions the first week of October. Thankfully, the colors don’t come and go TOO quick, and we usually still see some colors into middle of October. If you’re looking to book a fall getaway, give us a call or book online!

Photo Source: Maine.Gov, Maine Foliage Report

Want to see more? The Maine Foliage Report, published weekly, gives you the full run down of the color change across the entire state.

Peak Foliage along the Dead River

Last Blast on the Dead River, October 1st, 2022


Need some ideas on how to see the colors? We’ve got a few in mind!
  • Relax in a cabin in the woods, steps away from a craft brewery and restaurant..oh, and an outdoor hot tub!
  • Whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River!
  • ROAD TRIP! Check out the Maine Beer Trail and go for a brew tour, or just stop by our resort for lunch on your way through.
  • Fly fishing through the Kennebec River gorge is the MOST unique fishing trip offered in our area!
  • Take a hike! Into Moxie Falls, up Mosquito Mountain, or along the river on the FAST trail!
  • Trailer up your ATV and cruise to Moosehead Lake!


Dead River view down river fall foliage

Photo date: October 7, 2018
Photo Location: Dead River
Cred: Brandi Barnett



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