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Old 09-14-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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We'll be visiting Portland in October and we'd like to rent a car for a day trip to hopefully do some leaf 'peeping'.

Can anyone suggest a good area maybe with a lake and some walking trails within a 100 mile radius of Portland for peeping.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Limestone
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Acadia National Park has all what you're looking for. It's on Desert Island near Bar Harbor, ME

See some info here - Acadia National Park - Multi-Use Trails | GORP.com

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'd suggest staying further down the coast between York and Portland and up to Sebago Lake if you're coming around Halloween. My family and I drove the coastline up to Bangor 2 weekends ago and the leaves were already beginning to change. Depending on when in October you'll be in Portland, the leaves may already be starting to fall off or completely gone. (2 years ago during the last week of October the trees were bare!) If you're there the first to second week of October I'd recommend visiting York, Freeport, and Boothbay Harbor. If you're there later in the month, visit York, Kennebunkport, and perhaps Raymond/Naples for lake/water pictures.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:05 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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What dates in October will you be visiting? That makes a huge difference.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the replys. We'll be in Portland mid October so I'm hoping that area will still be worth peeping. If not the pubs and food in Portland will keep us happy enough!
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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There will be orchards selling cider and homemade donuts around Portland in the middle of October.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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I second FNolan's suggestion, Acadia National Park. There are more than 125 hiking trails and ANP is one of my favorite places and would be my first choice. Having said that, there are MANY--pretty much unlimited--beautiful places in Maine. Verseau is correct. Depending on when you arrive, the last colorful leaf may have blown off in the wind and/or rain. As a general rule, if you wait until after Columbus Day, don't expect to see much foliage except on the ground.

This was discussed last year (imagine that). Posters really should search the forum on any topic because most of them have been discussed numerous times. Here's a website you may find helpful. MaineFoliage.com - Maine's Official Fall Foliage Website Also here's a fair you might enjoy. Check the foliage map first. Home

There are more than 5,000 lakes and ponds in Maine--smaller to larger to huge--slightly populated to more populated. Check out this website. http://www.waterfrontpropertiesofmai...-and-ponds.php You may also want to check out the state parks website. http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/index.html

If you haven't yet done so, buy a DeLorme Maine Atlas. http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELi...&section=10096

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Old 09-16-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Rhode Island
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I drove up through Bowdoin and Brunswick area yesterday and was surprised to see trees already changing. It wasn't a lot, but it was noticeable all over 295.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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One of the most beautiful folliage seasons I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy was over the Columbus Day weekend several years back in the Bridgton, ME area - You take 302 out of Portland and just keep going. You will pass through Raymond and Naples. It also has a lake "Long Lake". Where ever you decide - Enjoy!
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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Default Leaves and things

Planning to come to Maine in Mid Oct. to see some leaves, and buy some Moxie, where can you buy Moxie? ? We plan to leave some over-valued Canadian money into the Maine economic system.
Just when is the best time to see trees?
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