Experience Extreme Leaf Peeping in the Jackman Moose River Region
Autumn in New England is one of the most incredible seasons to enjoy and a fantastic time to explore the Jackman-Moose River Region (JMRR). By mid September, begin your travels north from Skowhegan on US Route 201 (Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway), and you will journey into miles of forests bursting with color.
Only two hours from I-95, JMRR is an easy day trip where you can experience the kaleidoscope of colors that only the mountains in Maine can offer. Have lunch at one of the restaurants in town or get a pizza from one of the delis to have a picnic lunch at the Attean Lookout.
Peep and Stay
But to get the most of the autumn experience, spend a night or two camping in the woods or by the river, stay in a luxury motel, a remote camp, a lakeside cabin, or get a little extra pampering at a B&B. Spending more than a few hours here you can enjoy mother nature's show from vantage points inaccessible to cars. Visit the Maine Vacation Directory at the Jackman-Moose River Region Chamber of Commerce website jackmanmaine.org for a list of lodging in the area.
Peep and ATV
Many like to see the forest up close and personal and one way to do this is by ATV: bring your own or rent one in town. There are miles of trails that could take you wherever you want to go. Ride along sparkling streams, trails lined with red, orange and green foliage or ride up to Dave’s Loop where on a clear crisp day, you can see over to Brassua, Mt. Kineo and Moosehead. Can you imagine that color palette from that point of view?
Peep and Hike
Jackman is surrounded by the most majestic mountains, most of which have designated trails to hike and climb. The trails will lead you through incredible forests, over varying terrain, along side waterfalls and up to amazing scenic vistas. To name a few trails in the region: from the top of Sally mountain, you can see down over Attean Pond. From Boundary Bald Mountain, there are outstanding views in every direction such as the peaks of Slidedown Mountain marking the border of Maine and Quebec Canada. From the summit of Burnt Jacket Mountain, you can see the whole Moose River Valley.
Peep and Raft
For a new look at fall colors take a late September white water rafting trip down the Kennebec. Surrounded by color and peeping from the river can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your fall foliage adventure.
Peep and Fish
Some of the best fishing opportunities can be in September, not only because of the incredible colors and reflections of colors you will experience along the many ponds and streams but no bugs! (Please note the regulation book for limits and exceptions)
Peep and Paddle
You do not have to be a fisherman to enjoy the color reflections off the lakes and streams. Imagine paddling along a crystal clear pond on a sunny day, seeing color all around you against the blue skies. Some of the best paddling opportunities, to name a few are on Parlin Pond, Attean or Big Wood. For more remote areas, drive out Holeb road to Crocker Pond or Little Big Wood.
Peep and Fly
Want to see it all? An aerial view presents Mother Nature's finest against the backdrop of blue waters from the many ponds in Maine's mountains. The region offers plane tours with takeoff from water or from land.
Peep and Click
However you choose to watch the kaleidoscope of colors, be sure to bring your camera. But the one place you shouldn't miss with your camera is the Attean Lookout rest area.
No question about it, the fall season brings this region a rainbow of colors unsurpassed in the Northeast and a true feast for the eyes and the camera. Days filled with crisp clean air and frosty nights reawaken the senses. Come visit us mid September to early October (peak foliage is much earlier in the Northeast) and experience our fabulous colors. Pay attention on the drive north as the seasons will change right before your eyes.
The jackmanmaine.org also displays a fall leaf guide to let you know when peak leaf peeping is near.