Sebago Lake State Park
Rte. 302, Casco | Get directions
Whether you’re in a motorized boat, canoe or kayak, you’ll be surrounded by the bright hues of fall. Put in from the state park or at Raymond Beach
Mountain Road off Route 1, York | Get directions
See Maine’s colors from on high. There are more than 100 miles of trails here for hikers and bikers and the summit is well worth the effort
Route 302, Fryeburg | Get directions
This year’s fair runs from Oct. 3-10, while the leaves are doing their thing. From Fryeburg, you’re just minutes from North Conway and the start of the White Mountain National Forest, where the colorful trees will seem to go on forever.
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Barters Island Road, Boothbay | Get directions
Self-guided tours are available year-round and, in addition to the gardens, there are plenty of trails, included the wooded Shoreland Trail which leads to classic coastal water views — which include trees. (633-4333)
57 Gravelly Brook Road, Kennebunkport | Get directions
Right in the heart of K’Port, the preserve has a pair of short trails where you can enjoy the colors. Hike, bike, stay a while. (967-3465)
Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road, Pownal | Get directions
Picnic, hike, bike and enjoy the incredible views from the summit. The woods are thick at the park, which means there could be too many colors to count.
Route 4, Rangeley | Get directions
The drive up Rtes. 11, 27 & 4 will be breathtaking during peak season. When you arrive, check out the views spanning across Rangeley Lake and along the many hiking trails.
Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road, Camden | Get directions
Climb either Mt. Battie or Mt. Megunticook for sweeping views of Camden, Penobscot Bay or the surrounding islands. If you aren’t into hiking, Mt. Battie offers an auto road where you can take in the colors of the surrounding hillsides.
Mountain Road, Bridgton | Get directions
Moose Pond sits at the base of the mountain. Hang near the water and look up at the leaves or make your way up (as high as you can get without a chair lift) and feast your eyes down yonder at the pond.
Acadia National Park
Route 233, Bar Harbor | Get directions
Is there a more beautiful place in Maine, regardless of the season? In early October the drive will be well worth it for incredible views, sans tourists.
15 South Ridge Road, Newry | Get directions
Sunday River might be covered in snow in a few months, but during foliage season, it’s an excellent place to take in the fall colors. Ride the chondola up to the top of the mountain and hike around amid the changing leaves.