UNITY — We’re entering peak foliage season. That means people will be out taking in the views.
“People like to ride the train for the foliage because it’s a different view,” said Julie Smith, a station agent and car attendant for the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad.
They offer a fall foliage train ride that gives people a unique leaf peeping experience.
“We go almost to Burnham Junction and it’s wonderful because we go through fields and through the woods,” Smith added.
According to the Department of Agriculture’s foliage maps, peak season is here earlier than normal.
“Because of the early frost and the drought, we’re having a really early season,” explained Gale Ross, the fall foliage coordinator for the Department of Agriculture. “Most areas in the state of Maine are in peak right now.”
Ross said the only areas that haven’t reached peak are southern Maine and down the coast.
“Fall foliage season is a very busy time in Maine and a very big tourism boom,” Ross said.
The train out of unity runs six times a week.
This year, it’s only carrying fifty passengers at a time due to COVID-19.
“Also, we’re asking people to wear masks and sit six feet from the party next to you,” Smith told us.
After foliage rides come to an end, they’ll have pumpkin patch rides where passengers can get off the train and pick a pumpkin.
After that, they’ll have Santa rides.