AUGUSTA — Peak foliage color has reached Rangeley, Farmington, Bethel, and the downeast coast, according to the fifth 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).
Currently, Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are observing peak leaf color, or at least 75 percent color change, in the western lakes and mountains region, covering the towns of Rangeley, Kingfield, Farmington, Rumford and Bethel. Peak color is also being reported along the downeast coast from Bucksport to Eastport and in interior Hancock and Washington counties. These regions now have moderate, or 30 to 50 percent, leaf drop, according to rangers.
Popular leaf-peeping routes like the Route 26 Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, the Route 4/17 Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway, and the Acadia Byway on Mount Desert Island should provide colorful vistas through the weekend, according to rangers.
High color, or 50 to 75 percent toward peak, is now being reported in the central region from Dover-Foxcroft to Bangor, while the southern section of the region from Skowhegan to Augusta, Auburn and Fryeburg has moderate color, or 30 to 50 percent toward peak. Leaf drop is currently low, or 10 to 30 percent, in these regions. Coastal locations from Kittery to Belfast also have moderate color, along with moderate leaf drop, rangers say.
Rangers are reporting past peak foliage color in northernmost Maine from Aroostook County to Moosehead Lake. These areas now have high leaf drop, or 50 to 70 percent.
Maine’s fall foliage conditions will be updated each Wednesday through at least Oct. 19 on the state’s official foliage website www.MaineFoliage.com. Maine foliage fans can also share photos and favorite viewing spots at the Maine Fall Foliage page on Facebook, or follow foliage news on Twitter using the @mainefoliage hashtag.
Go to www.visitmaine.com or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the foliage map to the Maine Department of Tourism. It is courtesy of the Maine Department of Conservation.