The fall foliage reports for Maine have indicated that right now is the ideal time to head to the North Woods and the lovely wilderness of Maine’s northernmost region. In Aroostook County you have the unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall colors, with between 50 and 75 percent color change at this time. It is only going to get better. What a great time to drive an RV through the county and enjoy the blazing reds, oranges, golds and yellows, as well as some outdoor recreation.
This marvelous county also has more than 1,000 miles of ATV trails, so bringing your ATV along with you may be a smart move. Fishing gear is a must as well. There are thousands of lakes, ponds and streams where you can cast a line and come up with a catch.
The unspoiled Allagash Wilderness Waterway invites you to take a guided canoe trip through an exciting landscape, 92 miles from start to finish. Bird watchers are always fascinated by the wide variety of feathered creatures and wildlife lovers can’t get enough of watching animal life in their native habitat. With the changing colors of autumn, your trip is all that more enjoyable.
A visit to Presque Isle should be top on your list. This is the largest town in Aroostook County and provides points of interest you won’t want to miss. There is a monument honoring the first hot air balloon flight across the Atlantic which departed from here. Outdoor fun includes hunting, fishing and hiking. If you bring along a mountain bike, you’ll find plenty of trails through the forests of colorful maples.
Nearby you can discover Aroostook State Park, with trout fishing, camping and much more. Try a hike on the North Peak Trail for a little over one mile of beauty, or a shorter trail to enjoy is the South Trail. Rent a kayak or canoe and fit in some paddling on Echo Lake.
When you visit Caribou you will discover another spot in Maine where you may wish to stay for a while. Salmon and trout fishing is at its best here, and hiking, biking, or jogging can be a real adventure on either the Aroostook Valley Trail or the Bangor & Aroostook Trail. Learn some history by stopping by the Ashland Logging Museum. If you want to see what lived in this region millions of years ago, see the fossil and mineral specimens at the Nylander Museum of Natural History.
More outdoor recreation and marvelous fall colors await you in Eagle Lake. This lake is at the south end of a whole chain of lakes where fishing for salmon and trout is a very popular activity. In the winter snowmobiling is the big thing, but in the autumn, hiking can take you through landscapes of pure beauty.
Bordering Canada, the Maine town of Fort Fairfield lies along the Aroostook River with a charming atmosphere and friendly folk. It is fun to explore the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum to learn of the railroad history of this area. Get a taste of what it was like to go to school here in the mid-1800s by visiting the McIntosh one-room schoolhouse. And of course, get out and about to witness the blazing beauty of the changing fall colors.
The gateway to the North Woods is at Fort Kent. This was originally an outpost for lumbering and a region very rich in history. You will certainly find some festival going on when you arrive as they occur throughout the year. Then in Houlton travelers discover more outdoor recreation to keep them busy all day with hiking and ATV trails to explore. Browse the streets and see Victorian homes and stop at the farmers market to stock up on good food for the rest of your RV trip.
In Island Falls there are four surrounding lakes where you can go boating or fishing, and you can even play golf at the 18-hole Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course surrounded by scenic views of mountains. There is nothing like a visit to Island Falls, Maine!
Although the time to return home is rapidly approaching, you’ll know that this autumn vacation was certainly one of the best ever. You can always extend your stay and see the ever-changing autumn colors deepen and reach their peak quickly. Maine is a wonderful spot for an RV vacation in the fall.