Outdoor shot of dirt road with colorful leaves in the fall

Leaf Peeping in Midcoast Maine

Fall is one of the best seasons in Maine, with cooling temps and the beautiful colors of the changing fall foliage. Our boutique Camden hotel Whitehall is the perfect place to return to after a day spent leaf peeping in Midcoast Maine. Warm up by the cozy, outdoor fire pit or relax in the common areas of our historic Camden inn. Next time you're on a lark to Camden, enjoy these tips for the best leaf peeping in Midcoast Maine.

Peak color in Midcoast Maine falls in mid to late October, perfect for one last stay at Whitehall before it closes for the season. If you're looking to see the most color in the shortest amount of time, head up Mt. Battie (you can even drive!) in nearby Camden Hill State Park. Just a short drive up Route One north of downtown Camden, this small state park is unique in that it's so close to the ocean. From Mt. Battie you'll great great views of the changing leaves, as well as Camden Harbor, Penobscot Bay, and even Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Walk around the summit and check out the historic stone tower, built in 1921 as a WWI memorial.

Take an afternoon drive and check out the foliage with one of two scenic loops. The first one heads north of town and around Megunticook Lake. Drive north on Route 52, admiring the lake on your left and the mountains that make up Camden Hills State Park on your right. Stop for lunch in Lincolnville at the General Store, owned by Phish drummer Jon Fishman and his wife Lisa. Return to town on Route 235 and warm up with a drink at The Drouthy Bear, known for its extensive collection of Scotch and whiskey.

Another great driving loop is out Bay View St. to the Curtis Island overlook. This route takes you past farm fields with the area's famous Belted Galloway cows to a great view of the lighthouse on Curtis Island. This is a short loop, but all the better, because there's so much to do and see in Camden. Enjoy your next trip leaf peeping in Midcoast Maine!