Foliage – Highlands Katahdin

Bangor Maine Fall Foliage Drives

Maine Fall Foliage DrivesThe Bangor – Brewer area of the Highlands – Katahdin Maine region is a wonderful place to explore Maine’s foliage display. The “peak fall foliage viewing season runs roughly from mid-September to mid-October, but this varies widely depending on weather, topography and geography. During this time, the deciduous trees of Maine begin their colorful transformation. Columbus Day Weekend is often the focal point of fall foliage excursions although “peak colors” usually arrive well before the end of October in most of northern and central Maine. Please share your Maine Fall Foliage tour comments. To feature your business, contact us.

Bangor Katahdin Maine Fall Foliage Drives


Bangor, Maine Fall Foliage Drive:

Start this tour in Bangor, the gateway to the Maine Highlands region, and home of Mount Hope Cemetery. This spot is the second oldest garden cemetery in the nation and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stephen King found it so fascinating that he used it as a back-drop for the filming of his movie, Pet Cemetery. If you’re still in the mood for the unusual, swing by the Cole Land Transportation Museum, which displays just about every mode of transportation known to Mainers, from baby carriages to locomotives.Take a scenic drive through the great Maine woods up Route 15 to Dover-Foxcroft. Take Route 6 east to Milo, then Route 11 to Brownville Junction, where evidence of the Katahdin Iron Works, circa 1843, can be seen in the remaining blast furnace and charcoal kiln. Continue on to Millinocket, where several sporting camps and lodges offer great bases from which to explore nearby Baxter State Park, as well as experience the area’s great fishing and whitewater rafting.

An access road from Millinocket follows a loop through the southwest corner of Baxter State Park, and offers prime moose-sighting opportunities as well as breathtaking foliage views of mile-high Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak. Baxter State Park exists today because of a magnificent display of philanthropy; former Maine Governor Percival P. Baxter bought the entire 201,018 acres himself, after he was unable to convince the State to do so. In order to preserve the land he so generously set aside for others to enjoy, the park follows a limited admission policy – prior to enjoying the park (even for day use), contact the Park Reservation Clerk in Millinocket at 207-723-5140.

After you catch your breath from Maine’s showcase wilderness state park and you’re up for a little diversionary adventure, head up Route 11 to Patten to find quaint shops and an equally enticing view of the other side of Baxter State Park. Patten is also home to the Lumberman’s Museum. Brimming with artifacts and relics from a time past, the Lumberman’s Museum celebrates Maine’s deep-rooted lumbering tradition.

Head back down 11 and pick up Route 157 to Route 2 south. This takes you through Lincoln and West Enfield. Pick up Route 6 in Lincoln and head east to Lee. Here you’ll find the Lee Historical Society Museum boasting an exciting variety of exhibits and artifacts. Head back on Route 6 towards Lincoln and pick up Route 2 South.

Continue down 2 to Old Town. After Old Town, simply follow Route 2 through Orono, home of the jewel of the University of Maine System. Take a step back in Maine’s anthropological past at the Hudson Museum, located on the campus. Continue down 2 back to Bangor.

Source: Maine Office of Tourism

Maine Fall Foliage Drives by Region

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Discover Maine Fall Foliage Drives by region. Aroostook, Downeast, Katahdin, Kennebec, Lakes, Mid-Coast, Portland and South-Coast.

Aroostook ME Fall Foliage Drives
Fort Kent, Houlton, Presque Isle
Downeast & Acadia ME Fall Foliage Drives
Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Eastport, Lubec, Cherryfield, Machias
Katahdin & Moosehead ME Fall Foliage Drives
Bangor, Brewer, Greenville, Lincoln, Millinocket, Orono
Kennebec & Moose River ME Fall Foliage Drives
Augusta, Skowhegan, Waterville, The Forks
Lakes & Mountains ME Fall Foliage Drives
Auburn, Lewiston, Norway, Bethel, Farmington, Naples
Midcoast ME Fall Foliage Drives
Bath, Boothbay Harbor, Camden, Rockland, Brunswick, Belfast, Searsport
Greater Portland ME Fall Foliage Drives
Portland, Freeport, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth
South Coastal Maine Fall Foliage Drives
Biddeford, Kennebunk, Kittery, Ogunquit, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells, York

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