September – October
Come and enjoy all that autumn in New England has to offer with us at Inn By The River! Maine is home to some of the most spectacular foliage views available. In 2018, CNN Travel named Maine the #1 Place to Visit in October over destinations like Honolulu, Hawaii and Cape Town, South Africa.
Our foliage season is best viewed during the last week of September and the first two weeks of October. While those are normally the weeks for peak foliage, you can get current foliage conditions by visiting the Maine Foliage Website.
There is plenty to do in the area during this breathtaking time of year ranging from mild to wild. From short hikes and biking trails to day drives and even adventurous fall rafting trips, we have the perfect activity for all types of outdoor enthusiast. Don’t forget our annual Fall Foliage Festival!
The Forks Fall Foliage Festival
September 28 – 30th!
The Forks Annual Fall Foliage Festival is not only a celebration of the start of one of the most spectacular leaf-peeping shows available New England, but it is also a celebration of the people and their hard work that makes this community the one that we all love so dearly. This weekend is full of events and activities both on and off of the river so if rafting isn’t quite your thing, that’s OK! We encourage everyone that is looking for a fun, relaxed and free environment to come on up and help us celebrate the closing of one season and the beginning of another!
Friday Night September 28th: Special Fall Cocktails at Inn By The River
– 9:00 pm: Fall Foliage Formal Friday Karaoke at The Boatman’s Bar & Grill
Saturday September 29th: 7:00 am: Homemade Doughnut Making Class with Jarice @Inn By The River
– 9:00 am: Kennebec River Rafting Trip @ 5,000+cfs
– 10:00 am: Shuttle for Mosquito Mountain Hike
– 11:00 am: FAST Trail Guided Mtn. Bike Ride
– 2:30-3:00 pm: Roast Turkey Dinner Style River Lunch
– 4:00-8:00 pm: Live Acoustic Music with Kevin Gussel
– 9:00-cl: DJ Dance Party at The Boatmans’ Bar and Grill
– Fall Dinner Specials at Inn By The River
Sunday September 30th : Coffee, Doughnuts and Brunch at Inn By The River
– 9:00 am: Shuttle for Pleasant Pond Hike
The Drive Loops
Want to just go for a nice ride and see some amazing scenery? Here is a list of different drive loops that will leave you relaxed and pleasantly surprised.
Driving Loop 1: The Forks, Jackman, Greenville and Back Around
- Starting in Bingham take Route 201 North on the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway through Moscow, home of Wyman Dam, and then north along Wyman Lake which has many overlook pullouts and historical sites, such as the Benedict Arnold river crossing site. Proceed North to Caratunk Village and then on to The Forks, where the Dead and Kennebec Rivers converge. Take a right just before the Kennebec Bridge onto the Lake Moxie Road and proceed approx 2 miles to the Moxie Falls Scenic Area parking lot, where a short 1 mile hike will take you to Maine’s highest waterfall with a 92 foot vertical drop, and is well worth the 20 minute walk. Return to the Route 201 Scenic Byway and proceed north to Parlin Pond. There are great opportunities for moose sightings along this route. Proceed to Attean Overlook and Rest Area and then on to Jackman Village. From Jackman take a right onto Route 6 and 15 and proceed to Rockwood with views of Mt Kineo. From Rockwood continue to West and East Outlets-the head of the Kennebec River flowing from Moosehead Lake, and on to Greenville. From Greenville Center continue on Route 15 South thru the villages of Monson and Abbott. Take a right in Abbott onto Route 16 to Kingsbury Pond and Rest Area, and continue on Route 16 to Bingham to complete the loop
A Trip Down Old Canada Road
There's a reason Route 201 is a National Scenic Byway - come up for a drive to see some breathtaking views of the Maine Fall Foliage!#MaineFallFoliage #TheWayLifeShouldBe #NationalScenicByway #OldCanadaRoad #Route201 #WymanLakePosted by Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting Maine on Saturday, October 8, 2016
Driving Loop 2: Skowhegan, Athens, Mayfield and Back Around
- Starting in Skowhegan take Route 150 North to Athens, turn onto Route 151 in Athens and proceed to Mayfield, continue to Mayfield Corner to the junction of Routes 151 and 16. Turn left onto Route 16 to Bingham. At junction of Routes 16 and 201-the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway-and proceed to Solon. Continue on Route 201 approx 6 miles to the new viewing area at Robbins Hill where there are unsurpassed views of the valley. Return to Route 201 and head south to Skowhegan
Driving Loop 3: Skowhegan, Canada, Kingfield, and Back Around
- Starting in Skowhegan follow Route 201 north to the Madison/Solon town line which now becomes the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway(Route 201 North), through the towns of Solon, Bingham, Moscow, Caratunk and The Forks and the West Forks. Continue on to Jackman and the Canadian Border. Be sure to have the proper credentials to cross the border. Continue on into Canada on Route 173 to Armstrong. From Armstrong turn left at the junction of Route 269. At St. Gideon turn left on to Route 204 to Lac Megantis and turn left on to Route 161 to Woburn and on to Coburn Gore in Maine. At Coburn Gore follow Route 27 to Eustis and on into Kingfield. In Kingfield turn left onto Route 16 to North Anson to the junction of Route 201A. Turn right on Route 201A to Madison and on to Norridgewock. At the junction of 201A and Route 2, turn left to Route 2 and back to Skowhegan to complete the loop.