Fall is officially underway. One recent study says Maine is the 10th most popular state to visit in Fall.  Number one on their list is California. Which really doesn’t have a fall season.

And each fall we see stunning examples of fall foliage. So, there is that to look forward to.

We can be grateful we don’t have to travel very far to see the best examples of leaves changing colors. The most dazzling displays are right out our door.

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For those that do travel if you are looking for a hidden gem of a place to see the leaves fall colors in all their glory, Mixbook put together a list of where to go and not have huge crowds.

That list contained a Maine gem at #5 saying:

Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is distanced from the usual tourist paths and presents a peaceful setting where nature takes center stage. The wetlands, meadows, and forests of the refuge are illuminated with a brilliant display of reds, oranges, and yellows during the fall, making it a picturesque destination for leaf peeping in New England.

Elaine Hendrickson
Elaine Hendrickson

Other Maine locations were mentioned.

#58: Bold Coast Preserve

Away from the bustling tourist routes, this scenic coastal area unveils a mesmerizing array of reds, oranges, and yellows during autumn. Its off the beaten path charm, rugged  trails, and serene ocean views offer a unique escape for nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the vibrant colors of the changing seasons.

Fall colors on the Kancamagus highway in New Hampshire
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#114: Tumbledown Mountain

The mix of hardwood trees on its slopes burst into a captivating array of red, orange and gold hues during the autumn months, creating a stunning contrast against the rocky terrain and pristine alpine ponds. It’s off the beaten path status guarantees a more intimate and authentic encounter with the changing leaves, making it an ideal destination to witness the unspoiled beauty of the Maine wilderness.


Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is in Penobscot County and is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bold Coast Preserve is part o the Cutler Coast public reserved land and stretches from Cutler to Lubec Maine.

And Tumbledown Mountain is in Western Maine in Franklin County.

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