Sunday April 20th 2014

Don’t leaf alone: Leaf-peeping tours at Maine state parks

By: Shannon Bryan

Press Herald file photo

Leaf peeping: It’s not for amateurs.

Well, actually, it is. When the leaves start turning in Maine (ie, right now) it’s no hard task to simply look around. The foliage is everywhere. Some avid leaf peepers might even seek out particularly scenic areas of the state for the full-on, peak-of-season experience. And we, being lovers of leaves ourselves, completely understand.

But if you’re new to the whole fall foliage thing, you might feel more comfortable with a trained leaf-tracking guide. And even if you’ve been leaf spotting for years, a guided hike in one of Maine’s brightly colored state parks might be just the thing to take your leaf peeping skills to the next level.

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Parks and Public Lands has announced that it is offering free guided fall foliage tours at several state parks and public reserved lands beginning Sept 28.

The details:

The first tours of the season will take place at Mount Blue State Park in Weld (Zone 5), Little Moose Public Reserved Lands, Greenville (Zone 5) and Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle (Zone 7). These areas are reporting moderate color changes of 30% to 50% with low leaf drop of at least 10%. For more information and skill levels for the tours/hikes go to

For continuous weekly updates every Wednesday through October 16th visit the state’s official foliage website Visitors can receive weekly reports by e-mails and share the photos of the riot of color throughout the state as the leaves slowly change. Additionally, the foliage website will list the fall foliage ranger-led hikes in the state parks.

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