Posted on: September 25, 2020
Things to see in Moosehead Lake in the Fall
As summer turns to fall, the transition in the Moosehead Lake Region is extraordinary. Autumn displays brilliant hues of red, yellow and orange. The typical “Leaf-peeping” season is from mid-September thru mid-October. The change in the landscape from the greens of summer is breathtaking.
Trip 1 – Greenville – Rockwood – Jackman – Bingham – Abbot Loop –
This is a half day trip (approximately 150 miles) which takes you past lakes, mountain views, and a scenic river valley. There are several towns to stop for souvenirs, a cup of coffee, and a good lunch.
Directions: From downtown Greenville take Rt. 6 & 15 north through Rockwood to Jackman. Turn left on to Rt. 201 south to Bingham. Turn left on Route 16 east to Abbot Village. Turn left on Rt 6 & 15 north back to Greenville. Paved Roads. Open year round.
Trip 2 – Greenville – Kokadjo
This trip is approximately 20 miles one way, and will take you up the eastern shore of Moosehead Lake, past the spectacular overlook at Blair Hill (Check this out at sunset!), past several moose bogs, ponds, and fabulous mountain views. There is a trading post at Kokadjo where you can get food and souvenirs.
Directions: From downtown Greenville take the Lily Bay Rd. north approximately 20 miles to Kokadjo. Paved road. Open year round.
Trip 3 – Greenville – Rockwood
This trip is about 20 miles one way, and will take you up the western side of Moosehead Lake, past the Big Moose Mountain, the East & West Outlets to the Kennebec River, and will treat you to magnificent view of Mount Kineo in Rockwood. There are a couple of dining establishments & stores where you can get a bite to eat and souvenirs. You may also turn down into the Rockwood town landing for a closer view of Mt. Kineo. Also, there is a boat shuttle, depending upon the season that runs to Kineo. For shuttle information please call 207-534-9012.
Directions: From downtown Greenville take Rt. 6 & 15 north 20 miles to Rockwood. Paved road. Open year round.
Trip 4 – Greenville – Shirley – Railroad Loop
This loop is about 15 miles, and will take you down the railroad bed from Greenville to Shirley. You will pass scenic bogs with moose and other wildlife.
Directions: From downtown Greenville take Rt. 15 (Pritham Ave) north for 1.3 miles to Greenville Junction. After passing under the railroad trestle, turn left on Depot Street. This will turn into a gravel road. Stay left at the fork (if you get to the Greenville landfill you didn’t stay left!) Follow this road until it ends in Shirely. Turn left. Turn left again onto Rt. 6 & 15 back to Greenville. Gravel road. Passable in late spring, summer and fall.
Trip 5 – Greenville – Monson – Elliottsville – Willimantic Loop
This loop is about 45 miles long. It will take you by spectacular views of Borestone & Barren Mountains, plus over a couple of scenic bridges which span over Wilson Stream. There are sprawling fields and old New England farmhouses. If you need refreshments, there are a couple of eating stops in Monson.
Directions: From downtown Greenville go south on Rt. 6&15 towards Monson. Just after the “Welcome to Monson” sign turn left onto the Elliottsville Rd. After you cross the cement bridge crossing Wilson Stream, fork to the right. This route will turn to gravel. You will cross Wilson Stream again on a bridge with iron grates. Turn right onto Rt. 150. After 3 – 4 miles turn right on the North Guilford Rd. When this road ends turn right onto Rt. 6 & 15 in Monson. This road will lead you back to Greenville. Mostly paved. Open year round.