Acadia National Park was one of our very few bucket list items for this adventure and it did not disappoint.
About the time we were leaving Vermont, we found out that a couple dear friends from Colorado were on vacation in Boston. We met up with Kerri & Ryan for brunch in Portsmouth, NH on the way up to Acadia. It was a typical meetup with these two–many stories and a lot of laughs!
On one hand, we wish we had visited Acadia a little earlier in the season because it was so cold and several areas of the park and nearby communities were closed for the season. However, visiting Acadia in late October has the advantage of smaller crowds. It’s easy to imagine this place being overrun in the summer.
We camped at the only open campground in the park, Blackwoods Campground. Only a small area of the campground was still open this late in the season. The campground closes for good on October 31st.
The first day we drove around Park Loop Road, which highlights several of the park’s attractions, including Schooner Head, Sand Beach, and Great Head.
Further down the road we found Thunder Hole, an inlet on the rocky shore where water roars in from the ocean into a small cave beneath the rocks and explodes into a huge, thunderous splash. Unfortunately, we caught this area at low-tide so our “thunder” isn’t terribly impressive.
Here is another visitor’s FAR more impressive experience:
After stops at Otter Point and Seal Harbor, we came across Jordan Pond and the view of the North and South Bubble mountains.
There are carriage roads that intersect the island. They are closed to vehicle traffic so only walking, bicycles, and horses are allowed. A few of these adorable carriage road gate houses are still inhabited today by park staff.
Next we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point in the park and the tallest peak on the entire Atlantic Coast. The views were incredible in every direction, but it was freezing cold and super windy, so we didn’t stick around long.
Our first day at Acadia ended early and turned into a trip to Atlantic Brewing Company, followed by a lobster dinner at Bar Harbor Lobster Company to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary!
Our second full day at Acadia wasn’t much warmer, but we ventured to the other side of the island for some sightseeing, hiking, and biking.
We hiked to the top of Acadia Mountain for more awesome views of Somes Sound and the ocean.
Then we found the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and the Pretty Marsh Harbor, where a few lobster fishing boats were keeping warm.
We finished the Acadia experience with some more fall colors.
We stuck it out in the Northeast long enough. We are officially cold and are heading to points south!