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Short Takes on the Best of Fall in Maine

Local advice

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Yankee Magazine

We periodically publish content from Yankee Magazine, the only magazine devoted to examining the traditions, food, and locales that make New England unique.

View from Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park

View from Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park


A Short, Easy Drive with Big Rewards

Take a spectacular, short and easy drive (ten minutes tops) to the summit of Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park. The view overlooking Camden Harbor is one of the most photographed in the state.

Board a Ferry to Island Magic

Whether exploring by bike or on foot, an excursion on a Casco Bay ferry from Portland to Peak’s Island lets you soak up sea, sun, and clear air.

Shop and Revive with a Walk along the Water

Freeport, with its famous anchor store L.L.Bean is one of the East Coast’s premier outlet shopping destinations, and only minutes away is lovely Wolfe Neck State Park with its meandering walking trails that hug Casco Bay.

Photograph Blazing Fall Colors then Dine in Maine’s Culinary Center

Only 30 miles north of Portland, the villages that border Sebago Lake offer non-stop fall photo opportunities, then return to Portland and choose from dozens of restaurants whose chefs are now recognized as the equal of any small city in the country.

Follow Thoreau into the North Woods

Moosehead Lake, the legendary North Country water that drew Henry David Thoreau for three wilderness trips, is spectacular in fall. Go camping with a Maine Registered Guide, or fly in a float plane and see moose from the air.

Enjoy a Picnic by a Waterfall

Imagine eating beside a sparkling waterfall, with colored leaves all around. Stay overnight at the Appalachian Mountain Clubs’ Little Lyford Pond Lodge then hike to the three-mile long Gulf Hagas Gorge.

Sail the Maine Coast on a Windjammer

Many of Maine’s famous windjammer fleet cruise the prettiest islands on the coast until mid-October.

Find Fun and Laughter at a Classic Country Fair

The Fryeburg Fair, located in the foothill of the White Mountains has been home to Maine’s premier agricultural fair since the 1850s. Always the first week of October.

Follow the Bird Migration on Merrymeeting Bay

Along one of the premier fall migratory fowl byways in the country, you can’t help but spot thousands of ducks, geese, sea birds, even bald eagles who nest here.

Feel the Adrenalin Pumping Whitewater Rafting

Maine’s leading river adventure continues to give heart stopping thrills in rafting capital The Forks through September.

Drive with the Windows Down and Soak Up Color

Route 17 from Rockland to Augusta takes you past farm stands, farm houses, and rolling hillside. If you continue on Route 17 through Rumford and then to Rangeley, you come to one of Maine’s most singular and sought after scenic pull-overs: Height of Land. From here you overlook Mooselookmeguntic Lake and the Rangeley Lakes. You won’t want to leave.