Acadia National Park, ME: 10/23 – 10/27/19

We drove for several hours IN THE RAIN on 1S, known as “The Scenic Highway” in Maine. We arrived at Blackwoods Campground, which is located on Mount Desert Island.

It is a large campground with two loops: A and B. Loop B was closed for the season, and Loop A had one of five restrooms still open. There were only about five other campers in the area. We parked in A43, and then took a stroll through the campground. It was close to dusk at about 5:31 p.m.

We walked on the trail from our campsite to Otter Cove, which can also be accessed by Route 3.

The next day we hiked to the summit of Cadillac Mountain from our campsite on South Ridge Cadillac Trail, 9.1 miles out and back.

All Trails rated this hike to be hard. We found it to be moderate, with some elevation gain, and mostly rocky terrain.

The view from the summit is accessible to all. Cadillac Summit Road will take you to the summit at 1,530’. Scott looks like a tourist below, but we just spent the last two hours hiking up to this point.

The views were spectacular. Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the North Atlantic Seaboard, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with 360 degree views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Isles.

There were many more people who reached the summit by car than there were on the trail. I recommend the trail if you are able to do so.

There are several hikes to choose from at Acadia National Park. The park encompasses nearly half of Mount Desert Island, a scattering of smaller islands, and the Schoodic Penisula. Our visit was primarily on the eastern side of Mount Desert island. We only had time for one more hike. On Saturday, we chose Precipace Trail, a 3-mile round trip hike straight up rock with rungs and ladders, and a 984’ elevation gain.

It wasn’t long before we saw the warning.

Up we go…

Any visit to Maine would not be complete without walking around the town of Bar Harbor and feasting on their specialty.

Fresh Boiled Lobster and Seafood Pasta Special
Famous Lobster Roll and Clam Chowder
Lobster Mac and Cheese

On Monday, we took a four-hour drive north to Lubec, ME, so that we could stand on the easternmost point of land in the United States. Quoddy Head State Park features 5-1/2 miles of hiking trails, extensive forests, two bogs, diverse habitat for rare plants, and the striking red and white striped lighthouse tower of West Quoddy Head Light.

We walked along Coast Guard Trail, a one-mile easy walk to the view at Quoddy Narrows. It was a gorgeous day!

There wasn’t any signage to indicate which point was the farthest east. So, we took a few photos along the way.

It would be at this point (we think) that we were as far to the east on land as possible.

On our last day in Acadia, we took a short walk on the famous Carriage Roads. These 45 miles of rustic carriage roads, that weave around the mountains and valleys of Acadia National Park, were the gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. A skilled horseman, Rockefeller wanted to travel on motor-free byways via horse and carriage into the heart of Mount Desert Island. It was quaint and magical.

Maine, we will be back.

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