When the first whisper of autumn fills the air and wanderlust begs you to plan a fall getaway to Maine, take our advice and heed the call. Late September through early November, the Camden Hills come alive with the brilliant colors that fall foliage season brings to the landscape. Crimson, ginger, and gold replace the emerald greens of summer. There’s a snap to the breeze that quickens your step and the warm, earthy smells of autumn tickle your nose.
Where summer is long and lazy, fall is robust along the mid-coast of Maine. It’s a heady time to be outside in nature, breathing in deeply to capture the pungent aroma of fallen leaves and sun-warmed soil. The desire to get out and take a hike or a long bike ride is strong. Because before you know it, we’ll be hunkered down in front of a warm fire dreaming of the sparkling days of autumn in the woods.
Rockland, home to our Berry Manor Inn, sits in the heart of mid-coast Maine. With its bustling main street and busy harbor, the hub of activity takes place downtown. The surrounding hills and rocky coastline make for a picture-perfect setting to get out and explore on foot or by bicycle. And nothing compares with rambling along a scenic road through our lovely neighboring towns and villages. Let us introduce you to some of our favorite ways to get out and explore Maine on a fall getaway.
Camden Hills State Park is the destination most hikers seek out in our neck of the woods. Challenging and beautiful hiking trails weave through the region. Take an uphill climb to a scenic vista that overlooks stunning Camden Harbor, Penobscot Bay, and the offshore islands. Stroll out along the Rockland Breakwater Trail to the lighthouse a mile out to sea. Or strike out and explore the many nature preserves that dot the region protecting the environment for all to enjoy.
Avid cyclists find the terrain along the mid-coast region truly inspiring. The rolling hills and rocky shoreline tempt both novice and expert bikers. From paved bike paths to rugged mountain biking, the choices are endless. Pedal along a coastal route, or choose a mapped itinerary that travels through tiny fishing villages and past historic landmarks. Riding a bike in mid-coast Maine is truly one of life’s great adventures.
Taking a leisurely drive along the back roads of mid-coast Maine is ultimately one of the best ways to experience fall foliage. Rolling hills and farmland stretch from mountain tops to the seashore. The auto road heading up Mt. Battie should top your list of roads to take. The view from the summit will take your breath away.
Then head out for a roundabout tour of quaint towns and villages. From Rockland, follow Route 1 South towards Thomaston where you can pick up Route 131 North traveling through Warren. Take a short detour to visit Beth’s Farm Market, a worthy stop for fresh produce and crisp apples in season. Back on Route 131 head towards Searsmont then follow route 173 South to Lincolnville Center. Finally, leave Lincolnville on Route 52 South skirting the shore of Megunticook Lake and the sheer rock face of Maiden’s Cliff. This route ends back on Route 1, which will lead you back to Rockland.
If you have more time to explore the lovely mid-coast region, try any of these suggested fall foliage driving tours. And visit our blog post on fun things to see and do in Rockland Maine for even more ideas on how to plan a fall getaway to Maine.
Published: September 2022