The peak of fall foliage has arrived, state officials said Wednesday.

Colors are at least 75 percent of peak in southern Maine and at peak along the coast and in western Maine, according to the latest weekly foliage report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

State forestry officials and park rangers said colors inland from Augusta south, and along the coast from Lubec south, are about as bright as they will get and leaf drop is low, with only 10 to 30 percent of the leaves off trees.

Leaf drop is slightly higher at about 30 to 50 percent in the western mountains and peak colors are holding on in the northeastern part of the state, including areas around Millinocket and Houlton, with moderate leaf drop, the department said.

In northern and northwestern Maine, colors have gone past peak and leaf drop is moderate, park rangers said.

The last of the park ranger-led foliage hikes will be held this weekend. The hike in Vaughn Woods State Park in South Berwick will be held on Saturday and a hike at Camden Hills State Park in Camden will take place Sunday. More information about the hikes can be found at http://take-it-outside.com/hike2012.shtml.

 

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