North Woods, ME
Stage a fall-perfect trip from 75,000-acre Moosehead Lake.
If it’s fall color you seek, Maine’s North Woods are your quarry. Here, in the Moosehead Lake region, red-and-yellow hardwoods thread between evergreens and blue channels all the way to the gray massifs of Baxter State Park. There’s no shortage of great hiking in all that color (Moxie Falls, Little Moose Mountain, Katahdin, and Little Wilson Falls are headliners), so don’t feel pinned down. True, “this far north, it doesn’t matter where you end up,” says photographer Ian Shive, who snapped this image from a fixed-wing craft over the southwestern corner of 75,000-acre Moosehead Lake. “In autumn, you’re guaranteed crisp, cold mornings where fog lingers on lakes and waterfowl swim silently by.” Feeling inspired but tied to land? Try the 4-mile out-and-back up 2,303-foot Indian Mountain (just right, out of the frame) for a similar vantage. But move fast: Foliage here peaks early, usually the fourth week of September or first week of October. Contact mooseheadlake.org