Top Things to Do in Maine in October

So much to do, and so little time… That’s how we feel about October in Maine. Hiking woodland trails, mountain biking, lazy drives along scenic byways, and fun fairs, festivals and events compete for our attention. When the summer heat ebbs and we spy the first hint of fall foliage around our bed and breakfast on Tripp Lake, it’s not just the call of the loon that lures us outside, it’s mother nature herself. So, let’s take a look at some of the top things to do in Maine in October.

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.”

– Victoria Erickson

Blessed with ample woods, nearby mountains, and thundering waterfalls, our region attracts visitors year-round. But in autumn it takes on a whole new charm, and all your senses take note. The brilliant fall colors; the warm, musky smell of the earth beneath your feet; apples and pumpkins ripening on farms and in the orchards – it is, in a word, simply magical.


Rolling highway through the fall trees in Maine

4 Stunning Scenic Drives

Strike out on a scenic drive through fields, along forests, up mountains, and around lakes. On a crisp, cool, sun-filled autumn afternoon, one of the best ways to sit back and relax is to get behind the wheel of your car and just drive. Fortunately, four of Maine’s most scenic byways reside in western Maine’s lake district, making a leisurely leaf-peeping excursion an outstanding attraction. Click on any of these mapped routes for more details.

  1. Rangely Lakes Scenic Byway
  2. State Route 27 Byway
  3. Grafton Notch Byway
  4. Pequawket Trail
Wide path covered in orange fallen leaves surrounded by colorful trees with a view of farm house in the distance

4 Favorite Fall Hiking Trails

When the mood calls for you to slow your pace, head out to the trailhead of one of Maine’s most beautiful hiking trails. Alone in the woods, or with a cherished partner or pet, tackle a waterfall trail or set out to reach the summit of a mountain. The air is clean and fresh, the views spectacular, and stretching your legs just plain feels good. Click on any of these links for more information or read our blog on the best fall hikes in Maine for an in-depth look at what to expect on these trails.

  1. Rattlesnake Mountain
  2. Bradbury Mountain
  3. Singepole Mountain
  4. Little Bigelow Mountain
Aerial view of a path in the woods in the fall with colorful leaves on the trees

8 Invigorating Off-Road Biking Trails

Off-road biking clears the mind like nothing else, as steering a route through single track terrain requires your full attention. With the wind in your face and the sun on your back, cycling through woods or marshes, along babbling brooks and rushing rivers, catching scenic vistas around every bend is just plain exhilarating. As an avid off-road biking enthusiast, I recommend 8 trails located within an easy drive of the Wolf Cove Inn. Read my detailed blog on off-road biking trails in Maine for insider info and trail maps.

Harbor in Portland Maine filled with boats and surrounded by buildings


Fun Fairs, Festivals and Events

The summer may be over, but the fun doesn’t stop here in the Maine woods. We have much to look forward to throughout the fall. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and activities that make Maine such a special destination in the fall.

  1. Waterford Fall Foliage Road Race
  2. Fly Gals on the Water
  3. Annual Veterans Christmas Arts & Craft Fair
  4. Annual Holiday Open House at Frost Farm Gallery

These ideas are but a few of the top things to do in Maine in October. Book one of our all-inclusive special packages to create a romantic getaway for a great fall adventure. Remember, the loons of the lake are calling you, and so is mother nature.

Side yard of white sided inn filled with colorful mums and plants, and a view of fall foliage reflecting in the lake in the background



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