North Woods, ME

Stage a fall-per­fect trip from 75,000-acre Moose­head Lake.

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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

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