Fall foliage leaves in color, Maine

Kennebago Lake. Photo by Kyle Haley

Travel + Leisure ranks Rangeley as one of the best places in Maine for fall foliage.

Rangeley is an international fall foliage destination.

Why? Rangeley’s high peaks are one of the best places to see fall foliage in Maine. The contrast between the high-altitude evergreens, the fiery red, orange, and yellow leaves of the lower-altitude deciduous trees, and the crystal blue lakes create spectacular photo opportunities. The 35-mile Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Bylaw (one of just four in Maine) winds through the mountains, with spectacular views around every bend. These attributes inspired Travel + Leisure magazine to rank Rangeley as one of the best places to see fall foliage in Maine in 2016.

Fall foliage leaves change color, Maine

Photo by Kyle Haley

When is peak foliage?

“Peak” foliage is when the leaves on most trees hit their most vibrant color. It usually occurs between late September and mid October, and varies from year to year depending on the weather. For a real-time foliage report, contact the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce or your lodging establishment. You can also read the State of Maine’s foliage reports at MaineFoliage.com.

Where is the best place to see the trees?

During peak foliage in Rangeley, you can’t hide from the colorful blasts of cherry-red maples, lemon-yellow birches, and garnet white ashes – they’re everywhere. For great photo opportunities, try gaining some altitude. Bald and Saddleback mountains are favorite local hikes with amazing summit views. A drive up Quill Hill offers equally spectacular 360˚ views and a wheel-chair accessible picnic area. The Height of Land is another excellent, car-accessible viewpoint along Rangeley’s National Scenic Byway.

Fall foliage leaves change color, Maine

Rt 4 outside Rangeley. Photo by Kyle Haley