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10 parks with fantastic fall color displays

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 15, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
Children walk down a path covered in bright red and orange leaves in Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park

Located primarily on Mount Desert Island in coastal Maine, Acadia National Park provides one of the most stunning fall foliage shows in the Northeast, starting in late September and wrapping up towards the end of October.

Interestingly enough, the beauty is actually the result of a nasty forest fire that swept the area back in October 1947. The fire destroyed many of the forest’s conifers in the process, which, in turn, allowed for the accumulation of leaf peeper-worthy deciduous species, such as birch, maple and poplar, to take root in their place.

With 47,000 acres of mountains, woodlands, lakes and shorelines, there are countless ways to experience all the rich autumn colors Acadia has to offer.