Autumn is officially here and it’s the perfect time to get outside before the snow flies. Not far from Dirigo Pines are multiple opportunities to enjoy the foliage, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and celebrate all things fall!
Maine’s official state foliage website (that’s how much we love fall!) indicates that the peek season historically for our area is early to mid-October. They suggest visiting one of the many state parks in our region to fully appreciate the changing color, and offer the following suggestions for colorful drives and outings:
“Depart Bangor and travel north on Route 15, as you crest Charleston Hill, autumn unfolds in every direction. Continue through Dover-Foxcroft, turn left on Route 7, turn right on the Sangerville Road and make your way to Stutzman’s Farm Stand and Bakery located in Sangerville. (Stutzman’s was rated the 2015 Best Farm Stand in Maine by DownEast Magazine!) They offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, homemade baked goods, brick oven pizza and on Sunday, they offer brunch with live music. As you make your way to Route 16, you may opt to take an easy walk upriver at the Guilford Memorial River Walk. At one time, this was the rail bed for the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad and offers a mixed species forest, a tranquil picnic spot, benches and good birding along the river (you might even see eagles, osprey and heron). Turn right on Route 16/15/6, and travel east along the Piscataquis River and you will capture the quintessential New England fall foliage photo at Lowes Covered Bridge.”
Dirigo Pines extensive trail system is also a great place to take in all that fall color. Our trails connect in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main St., between Route 2 and I-95. Click here for a map of the Sklar Park trail system.
A walk along the riverfront in Orono is another great local option for foliage seekers. Get out there and enjoy – and share your fall foliage photos (say that three times fast!) with us on Facebook!