October 9, 2013

Foliage peaking in central and southern Maine

Combined with a low leaf-drop rate, peepers should enjoy a spectacular weekend.

From Staff Reports

Attention all leaf peepers: Southern and central Maine are hitting peak foliage.

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In this 2010 file photo, colorful maple leaves hang from a tree on Walton Street in Portland. The Maine Forest Service reported peak conditions in Zones 2 and 3 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, which include Bar Harbor, Penobscot Bay, Bangor and Augusta. There is also near-peak conditions in Portland and the rest of southern Maine.

Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

The Maine Forest Service is reporting peak conditions in Zones 2 and 3, which include Bar Harbor, Penobscot Bay, Bangor and Augusta.

Zone 1 – which includes Portland, Bath and Camden – are also near peak conditions, just in time for Columbus Day Weekend.

With a low to moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent, officials are encouraging residents and tourists to enjoy Maine’s natural beauty.

This has been one of our best fall foliage seasons to date,” said Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. “There is still time to view the blanket of color in the southeastern part of the state before winter sets in.”

The last fall foliage hike of the season, suitable for all ages, will be held at Vaughn Woods State Park in South Berwick located in Zone 1 near York on October 12th at 1:00 p.m. For more information please visit www.parksandlands.com or call (207) 384-5160.

Maine’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com provides weekly reports by e-mail and an opportunity to share photos of favorite spots in Maine to watch the leaves change color.

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