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45 reasons to fall in love with foliage

Autumn in Maine is as good as it gets. With less tourists and a state full of gorgeous foliage, nothing beats a hike or Sunday drive on a crisp fall day. To inspire you to get out and experience it for yourself we’ve assembled this dazzling gallery of foliage photos that cover one end of the state to the other. Peep your way through these and then make a plan to hit the highways, back roads, trails and waterways of Maine to see the state during its most beautiful season.

 

Sunlight shines through maple leaves on the edge of Echo Lake in Acadia National Park, photographed on October 2, 2009. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
A small sprig of leaves sticks out from a maple tree in Acadia National Park, photographed on October 2, 2009. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
Acadia National Park. GagliardiImages/Shutterstock.commore
Brightly colored fall foliage is seen behind a car going over the Cushnoc Crossing bridge over the Kennebec River on Friday October 21, 2016 in Augusta. Staff photo by Joe Phelanmore
Beautiful Bar Harbor. Betty LaRue/Shutterstock.commore
Bright foliage in Bethel. Staff photo by Jill Bradymore
Late afternoon light illuminates golden foliage along the Salmon Falls River in Buxton. Staff photo by Jill Bradymore
High elevations like this scene along Quaker Ridge in Casco allow viewing of color as foliage in Western Maine nears peak. Staff photo by John Patriquinmore
Trees covered in bright yellow leaves line a dirt road in the hills above Cornish. Staff photo by Brianna Soukupmore
The leaves on this maple along Route 35 in Dayton had reached their deep red stage on Wednesday, October 4, 2006. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
A lone motorist drives amidst a pocket of peak foliage, along Rt 35 in Dayton on Monday, October 9, 2017. Staff photo by Carl D. Walshmore
A pick up truck drives along Murch Rd. in Dayton, amidst peak fall color and early morning fog in the background. Staff photo by Carl D. Walshmore
An autumn scene at Evergreen Cemetery in Kennebunk. Staff photo by Brianna Soukupmore
The leaves of a maples trees are lit by late afternoon sun at Gilsland Farms Audubon Center in Falmouth. Staff photo by Derek Davismore
A couple walks along a trail at Gilsland Farms Audubon Center in Falmouth as afternoon sun illuminates the foliage. Staff photo by Derek Davismore
Fall foliage surrounds two horses in a field in Falmouth. Staff photo by Gordon Chibroskimore
Fall foliage was spectacular at the 18th tee at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. Staff photo by Gordon Chibroskimore
A family walks along a trail at Gilsland Farms Audubon Center in Falmouth. Staff photo by Derek Davismore
Two maple trees show different shades of color on Foliage on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
A farm in Freedom sits above trees bursting with color on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
A horse grazes with a backdrop of colorfull foliage at Vienna Farm in Gorham. Staff photo by John Patriquinmore
Cows stand out as the fall foliage shows its peak colors at a farm along Wilson Road in Gorham. Staff photo by John Patriquinmore
Dinghy on lake with fall foliage near Kennebunkport. Lamar Sellers/Shutterstock.commore
A car drives along Route 137 in Knox amid colorful foliage and a pastoral farm scene on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
A view of foliage seen from Route 220 in Montville on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
Autumn At Somes Pond, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park. Doug Lemke/Shutterstock.commore
Fall foliage frames a bare tree and fence in a horse pasture at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Staff photo by Gordon Chibroskimore
Autumn Foliage in Maine Forest with Brilliant Red and Orange Leaves - Aerial Shot From Newry. InBound Horizons/Shutterstock.commore
A maple tree adds a burst of foliage color to a field in North Pownal. Staff photo by John Ewingmore
Foliage on a few trees has started to turn color and is reflected on the calm water of Bartlett Stream in North Searsmont. Staff Photo by Herb Swansonmore
Despite a steady drizzle of rain Mark Miller said he enjoyed fishing in Messalonskee Lake against a background of maple trees that are in full foliage color in Oakland on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Staff photo by David Leamingmore
Sunlight through golden hued Maple leaves along the Penobscot River. Staff photo by Michael Yorkmore
A man with a colorful umbrella walks by some remaining fall foliage near City Hall. Pedestrians in downtown Portland battled rain and wind throughout the day. Staff photo by Brianna Soukupmore
A woman walks through the rain over a carpet of leaves on the sidewalk along Free Street in Portland on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Staff photo by Gregory Recmore
Beautiful sugar maples, said to be approximately 200 years old glow in late afternoon light at the intersection of Holmes and Beech Ridge Roads in Scarborough. Staff photo by Jill Bradymore
A giant maple tree covered with bright red leaves in Skowhegan on Monday, October 10, 2016. Staff photo by David Leamingmore
Fall foliage is illuminated by sunlight breaking through the clouds behind a barn on Miller Lane in Smithfield. Staff photo by Jeff Poulandmore
Already brilliant foliage is on fire as the sun rises on a maple tree at The Links at Outlook golf course in South Berwick. Staff photo by Jill Bradymore
A few flyfishermen try their luck on the colorful Presumpscot river in Standish as fall colors are near peak Thursday, Oct.4,2012. Staff photo by John Patriquinmore
A maple leaf on Brook Trail on Tumbledown Mountain Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellettemore
Foliage on Tumbledown Mountain Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellettemore
Mt. Blue State Park in Weld. Photo by Diedre Fleming/Staff Writermore
Near peak foliage near a field in Weld Maine, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellettemore
A pair of mallard ducks swim up the Presumpscot River in Westbrook against a striking reflection of fall foliage color. Staff photo by John Patriquinmore
A boat out of water and a maple tree aglow with red and yellow leaves in Winslow mark the end of summer and the start of autumn. Staff photo by David Leamingmore
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