Opinion – Fosters.com – A service of SeacoastOnline.com – Posted Oct. 14, 2015

A review of great places to go and things to do to enjoy the colorful fall foliage in southern Maine, including on and around the Eastern Trail!

Ah, October. That time of year is finally here again. Time to take in the bold and beautiful colors of fall. There’s plenty to do in our area during the fall season, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, leisurely adventure, take a drive and enjoy the foliage.

Here in Sanford-Springvale, there are plenty of sights to see, from the five brilliant maples at Holdsworth Park, also known as the REC, in Springvale, to the canopies that provide endless shade along the miles of the Mousam Way Trail. All you have to do is leave the downtown or the overall, populous stretch of Main Street, and you’ll find all sorts of small neighborhoods and quaint, winding rural roads brought to life with the kaleidoscopic hues of autumn.

This being New England, the season’s breathtaking sights do, of course, extend well beyond Sanford and Springvale. Our sister newspaper, the York County Coast Star, has compiled a list of foliage faves throughout southern York County that would make for a nice weekend drive or even a relaxing long way home from work. We offer that list below for your enjoyment.

Route 35

Pick up Route 35 just beyond the highway in Kennebunk and head north, passing the Kennebunk Elementary School on your right. The countryside here winds and undulates, past antique farm houses and newer homes. Horses nibble grass in their pastures and above it all, the leaves are displayed in all their glory. If you have more time to spare, continue up 35 through Lyman to the little hamlet of Goodwin Mills, where the church and mill pond coupled with the foliage give the feeling of a quintessential New England village in autumn.

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