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The leaf peepers are coming!

By Emma Testerman | Oct 07, 2019
Photo by: Beth Birmingham Foliage with stormclouds in Searsmont

The leaves are changing rapidly this year, and Knox County has a scenic combination of autumnal colors and hints of green hues, in time for the fall foliage season.

But what does that mean for the leaf-peeping tourists? Maine thrives on tourism for most seasons, and autumn draws tourists to the state when they get their Indigenous Peoples Day weekend or Thanksgiving vacation. Tom Peaco, executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce for four years, had this to say about the leaf-peeping season.

“Summer is busy for us here in the county; we normally see a lull at the end of August, due to parents bringing their kids back to school, but it picks back up again mid-October to late November.”

The Maine Agricultural Conservation and Forestry Department's foliage forecast says this week is going to have peak conditions for autumn color. Most of the Aroostook County region and parts of Penobscot County are already experiencing the height of fall foliage, but more southerly spots are soon on their way. Areas from Fort Kent to Millinocket already have chilly winds, are raking piles of fallen leaves and seeing trees shedding their foliage for the next season. Peaco thinks in addition to than the foliage here, visitors are also drawn by the variety of fall festivities.

“The foliage is a nice addition, and we do things here that tourists didn’t have in the summer. Things like the Farnsworth fall events, the chairlifts on Sundays, our many hiking trails ..."

Many activities that will be held here in Knox County coordinate, Peaco said, with the fall aesthetic of the year. Along with the chilly winds, there are fall activities to enjoy, such as cider pressings, harvest festivals and trick-or-treating.

Ripley Creek in St. George. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Rocky Pond in Rockport. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Route 105 in Washington. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 07, 2019 14:39

Love to see the colors, thanks! Here in AZ it is desert sand-color....Great pictures, thanks Beth.

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