Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 18 : Fall 2013 - Page 28

Central Aroostook Fall in “The County” Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Autumn is a breath-taking time in Aroostook County. You can practically feel the transition of seasons as the air becomes cool and crisp, and the leaves change from their vibrant summer green to the array of oranges and yellows under the fall sun. With over 4 million acres of woodlands and forests in Aroostook County alone, there are many opportunities to catch a glimpse of the incredible fall foliage. Drive up Route 1 for a colorful view or get lost on any of The County’s back roads for a striking adventure. Take an invigorating hike at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle or at Haystack in Mapleton or relax with a tranquil and picturesque picnic at any of The County’s parks or ponds. With the festive foliage, and abundant wildlife, Aroostook County is a great place to be for the active outdoorsman to the normally sedentary and everyone in between. From bird watching, fishing and hunting to ATV-ing and camping-there are countless activities and places to enjoy the Maine wilderness – right here in Aroostook County. Not one for the great outdoors? No problem! Aroostook County is home to some delightful fall fairs and events. Visit Houlton’s Riverfront Harvest Festival on September 21st for some music, food, games and a 5K River Run. After, meander up Route 1 for a great find at the Fall Trash & Treasure Sale held at the Forum in Presque Isle, September 21st and 22nd. October provides more fall festivals with Fall Arts, Crafts and Collectibles in Presque Isle, October 5 and 6. This weekend will be busy in the Hub City with an air parade, health fair, Haunted Woods Walk and more. History buffs can also enjoy a serene self-guided tour of downtown Presque Isle, the Fairmount Cemetery, and the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum and a leisurely ride on Molly the Trolley for her Foliage Tour hosted by the Presque Isle Historical Society. 28 FALL 2013 A