Southernmost Maine holds last views of foliage color

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, at 4:38 p.m.
Maine fall foliage conditions for Oct. 19.
Maine Department of Conservation.
Maine fall foliage conditions for Oct. 19.

AUGUSTA — Central and southernmost Maine are the best locations to see colorful foliage through the weekend, according to the final 2011 fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (MDOC).

Maine Forest Service and state park rangers are reporting past peak leaf color in each of the state’s seven tracking zones, but pockets of remarkable color can still be seen in the Kennebec Valley region along Route 201 and in Cumberland and York counties in southern Maine. Leaf drop in these regions is currently 50 to 70 percent, rangers say.

Rangers attribute the fast color change during the past week to wet weather and, for the most part, a warm foliage season with only a few cold nights producing a frost.

While this is the last foliage report of the 2011 season, Maine foliage fans can continue to 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.

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