Maine Fall Foliage

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Fall Foliage

Acadia National Park, in its many trails and mountain summits, offers various and often panoramic views of nature’s Autumn performance. Guests who visit at this time of year find themselves in awe, and returning in the years that follow, to once again witness the changing of the leaves.

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  • Peek Season is generally late September through October
  • Cadillac Mountain is easily accessed by car for island wide panoramic views
  • Many trails offer up close and ever changing autumn colors
  • Leaf Peeping tours are available by air, ocean and horse drawn carriage


The luscious greens of summer give way to the superabundance of autumn color throughout Acadia National Park. The foliage begins its demonstration of artistic abilities early in September. The days normally grow cooler and daylight shorter as plant species prepare for winter in a burst of color. The peak colors across the region occur later then the rest of the Maine. Generally in late September through October; therefore this is the best time to create many colorful memories. The location of Acadia National Park along Maine’s rockbound coast is the ideal backdrop for this romantic dance between the seasons.

Best Trails and Views

The changing of the seasons can be observed through the many hiking, biking and horse riding trails on Mount Desert Island. The “best views” can be seen from just about everywhere, but if you’re seeking the truly unique views then take a scenic flight from the Trenton airport or one of many nature cruises from the island ports. In the least drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain for a truly panoramic view of natures colorful patchwork quilt.

Leaf Peepers

Many have found great sport in monitoring this foliage transformation that the title of “leaf peepers” has been given to all who partake of this joyous time of year. With camera or another recording device in hand some of this beauty can be recorded as it unfolds, and the rest you can take home with you in pleasant memories that last a lifetime.