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Maine Coast Foliage Color Peaking This Week

Maine foliage conditions for October 13. Credit: Maine Department of Conservation
AUGUSTA, Maine - Peak leaf color will reach all of Maine's coast this week, according to the fifth fall foliage report from the Maine Department of Conservation (DOC).
 
Forest rangers in the tracking zones covering the southern, middle and northern portions of the coast are observing peak color, from 85 to 100 percent, and moderate leaf drop of 30 to 50 percent.
 
Peak color and moderate leaf drop are also being reported throughout the tracking zone that stretches from Fryeburg and Sebago Lake to Augusta, Bangor and Dover-Foxcroft. Peak color is holding on in the western mountains region from Rangeley to Bethel, and in eastern Maine between Bangor and Calais, according to the report.
 
Rangers are observing foliage color past peak in Aroostook County, and in northern locations from Jackman to Greenville and Millinocket. Leaf drop is now high, or 50 to 70 percent, in these regions.
 
A maple tree shows shades of red, orange, yellow and green Wednesday in Augusta, Maine. Credit: Maine Office of Tourism
Maine's fall foliage conditions are updated each Wednesday through mid October at http://www.mainefoliage.com/. Visitors can sign up to receive the weekly reports by email, and submit photos of foliage scenes from around Maine. The reports can also be seen on the Maine Office of Tourism and Maine Fall Foliage Facebook pages.
 
Blue Hill's Fall Foliage Food & Wine Festival happens this weekend, along with the Harvestfest and Kidsfest in York Beach. It should be a great weekend for visiting coastal state parks, and Acadia National Park, according to park managers.
 
Go to http://www.visitmaine.com/ or call the Maine Office of Tourism at 1-888-624-6345 for more information about fall activities and events in Maine.