Best Autumn Strolls near Boothbay Harbor

Outdoor enthusiasts, leaf peepers, and nature photographers flock to Midcoast Maine every autumn to witness the dramatic changes of color while exploring Boothbay Harbor. While there are dozens of things to do in Maine, hiking is among the most popular outdoor activities. Newagen Seaside Inn is a short drive from many of the premier nature walks in Midcoast Maine. The region becomes a complex blend of amber sugar maples, yellow birches, and hunter green conifers, which pair well with the crisp ocean air and earthy fragrances.

Dodge Point Preserve

Dodge Point Preserve remains one of the best hikes near Boothbay Harbor. This natural preserve rests three miles south of Newcastle on the banks of the Damariscotta River. The 3.2-mile Dodge Point loop breezes past a rocky beach with wild crabs and calming river views. Much of the well-groomed trail weaves through a colorful forest that’s highlighted by fragrant flowers, serene ponds, and skinny boardwalks.

Zak Preserve

Zak Preserve, two miles south of Edgecomb, has a quiet 1.7-mile trail that twists through wide-open meadows and a colorful forest. For a good portion of the journey, the trail follows a babbling creek – the perfect location for an afternoon picnic.

Ovens Mouth Preserves

The Ovens Mouth Preserves are a unique natural sanctuary with scenic bridges, scorched swamplands, and rocky beaches. This 3.3-mile loop has an abundant birdlife, occasional steep inclines, and breathtaking autumn foliage.

Porter Preserve

Porter Preserve, on the southern tip of Barters Island, is a lovely forest stroll with many Sheepscot River vistas. The best detour at Porter Preserve is the rocky Back River channel beach – you’ll enjoy views of distant islands from this secluded gem. Many visitors kayak or canoe out to Ram or Lydia Ann’s Island. A fall stroll at this nearby preserve remains one of the best things to do in Maine.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

You must take a romantic fall stroll through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, eight miles north of Newagen Seaside Inn. Luckily for autumn tourists, the botanical gardens are open through October 31. The autumn gardens feature annuals, geraniums, hydrangeas, monkshood, roses, and berries. Their team specifically plants shrubs and trees that transform in the fall. A trip to this majestic garden is easily one of the best things to do in Maine from mid-April through October.

Things to Do in Maine This Fall

Whether you’re looking for on-site activities or premium area attractions, Newagen Seaside Inn can help you plan a memorable fall getaway. During your stay, journey north to Acadia National Park, tour the region’s lighthouses, and sail to Cabbage Island. You’ll also have the opportunity to stroll through our on-site network of nature trails, voyage through the bay on a rowboat, and explore the area on a cruiser bicycle. Start planning an autumn escape to Midcoast Maine by dialing 1-800-654-5242 or visiting