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Fall Foliage in Maine's Lakes & Mountains

Covered bridge in Maine's Lakes & Mountains.

Covered bridge in Maine's Lakes & Mountains.


Any serious leaf peeper will tell you Maine's fall foliage season is a sight to behold indeed. Some people come to Maine's Lakes & Mountains to visit our pristine lakes, while others prefer the scenic peacefulness of the covered bridges that dot the countryside.

Pair these extensive and beautiful natural gifts with our charming western Maine towns and villages and you’ve got a fall vacation in the making. Since the hard part might come in choosing how to spend your time when you arrive, we would like to offer you a few suggestions.

Explore and photograph Western Maine’s six wooden covered bridges. In the 19th century, covered bridges started popping up everywhere and at one point there were 120 covered bridges in Maine! Now, just nine covered bridges remain and six of them are in Maine’s Lakes and Mountains Region. From the most photographed and painted bridge, The Sunday River Bridge, also known as the “Artist’s Bridge”, to the shortest covered bridge in Maine, The Lovejoy Bridge in South Andover, we’ve got you “covered”.

A driving tour along one or more of our scenic byways is sure to fill your leaf peeping needs for outstanding views and beautifully diverse landscapes. Enjoy the nationally designated Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway and/or one or more of our three state byways - Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway and the Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway.

If you’re in the mood for a different perspective, a ride on the Chondola up to Sunday River's North Peak is in order. Take in the views of the Sunday River Valley and Mahoosuc Mountain Range, explore the mountain on a network of hiking trails, or bring lunch for a mountain-top picnic. You can ride the lift back down or choose from a number of hiking trails to extend your adventure.

Fall just wouldn’t be complete without visiting a local fair or festival where you can enjoy outdoor pastimes and family fun while taking in the scenery. Here is a sampling of some events you won’t want to miss! The Bethel HarvestFest features chowder and apple pie contests and offers chainsaw carving, arts and crafts shows, local music, horse drawn wagon rides, fly tying and casting, New England Two Fly Contest and drift boat competition The Oxford County Fair and Farmington Fair both offer livestock, animal pulling events, tractor and truck pulls, midway, woodsmen’s day, crafts and exhibits Saddleback’s Annual Fall Festival features fine artists and crafters, a BBQ, Ski Swap, Trail Run, pie eating contest and free pumpkin patch. The Apple Pumpkin Festival in Livermore Falls highlights the rich cultural, agricultural and industrial heritage of the area with vendors and craft artisans, agricultural products, historical items, seasonal decorations and plenty of food! The region also hosts Maine’s largest agricultural fair, the Fryeburg Fair featuring a midway, woodsmen’s day, a parade, harness racing, farm museums, the largest steer and oxen show, livestock exhibits, craft vendors and fair food galore.

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