Maine Maine Fall colors tour

Ace32107

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I am wanting to know if any Maine IIFC members would like to go on a Maine fall colors tour? We have lots of great looking trees in Maine in the fall, it would be really fun to do our own colors tour. A day a weekend camp-out/drive. Something, just wanting to know if anyone else would like to do a get together drive?
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Lew Ladwig

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Dang, if I did not have to work for a living, I'd trailer my jeep out and join you!
 

Bill D

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I am going to be out of the country from 10/8/21 through 10/20/21, depending on where in the state we talking, peak foliage should be before that
 

Ace32107

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OK well last fall came and went. But maybe this fall we can revisit this. I am thinking driving around the Bethel area, or Grafton Notch?
Here is the state of Maines Foliage report.
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September 24 - October 6: Regions: Northern (Zones 6 & 7) , Zone 5 (Northern half)
Maine's hillsides are beginning to blush with more than half of the trees displaying fall colors. Leaf peep at locations like Aroostook State Park, Route 11, Eagle Lake Public Land, Mount Kineo and Rockwood.

October 6 -13 : Regions: Western Maine (Zone 5)
This is the best week for peak color in central Maine. Fall foliage color is in full swing in western and central Maine: Visit Grafton Notch State Park, Route 17 near Richardson Lake, Bigelow Preserve, Route 27/16 in Carrabassett Valley, Cathedral Pines Rest Area in Eustis, Rangeley, the lookout from Eustis Ridge, Mt. Blue State Park in Weld, Tumbledown Mountain Range, Greenville, Moosehead, Jackman, Lily Bay State Park, Rockwood, Sebec Lake and Dover-Foxcroft.

October 14 - 20: Regions: Central Maine (Zone 3), Eastern (Zone 4)
Best week for peak color in western and southern Maine This is one of the peak weeks for leaf peeping as peak conditions are coloring Maine hillsides. Visit Fryeburg, Skowhegan, Farmington, Rumford, north of Portland and the greater Augusta area.

October 21 - 27: Regions: Southern (Zone 1), Eastern Coast (Zone 2)
Best week for peak color in southern and coastal Maine. Find peak color south of Portland, Sebago Lake region, Bridgton, Limerick, Waterboro, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells and York.

If anyone knows any great trails or areas to go for a drive, please feel free to make a good suggestion.

I know there are some good backroads with speeds up to 50mph from the Norway/South Paris area to Bethel. Then you can go from Bethel to Grafton Notch. All very good views or foliage. I love on this side of the state so this is what I know. If anyone knows some nice drives with good roads or even some gravel roads I would be down for that as well.
 

BUTA46

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Twenty years ago there was a Jeep Club in the Western Maine Mountains that did a monthly ride around Bethel, up into the Sugarloaf area, usually. Jeep Jamborees were held up there. Might still be. I don’t know if the club exists anymore and I have heard most of the trails are posted or gated now. I think it’s still possible to trail ride but I don’t know how or who to get permission from to do so. I will talk to friends and maybe find out
 
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