I drove onto Mount Desert Island on Sunday and to the campground I’d seen on Campendium, but found it closed. I remembered seeing a KOA while looking for camps and used voice commands on the GPS to find it. It was closed as well. I found a worker who told me that the other KOA was open and she gave me directions.
I spent four nights at the KOA Oceanside and it was perfect. Right on the bay with full-on salty sea air. I have to admit its was a bit steeper in price than I’d planned, but I was here to see Acadia N.P. and I had little choice.
After setting up, I loaded Geordie into the truck and we headed to the national park visitors center to get a park pass. I drove the Park Loop Road (map) on the east side, and stopped for some hiking. One of the best things about this national park is that they allow dogs on the trails. Most national parks prohibit dogs on trails. Geordie and I wandered the trail along the ocean front. We were stopped and heard comments about his Rex Specs, as usual. One Japanese woman took photos of us.
Monday we toured further into the park and took more hikes on one of the many trails they have. I discovered there are carriage ways for a bit of turn-of-the-century (1900) feel to the old way of visiting the park.
Monday night storms were predicted and came true overnight. Tuesday morning I woke to mist and fog. That was the day I drove up Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the east coast. At 1,530 feet is was a long drive up in the fog. At times, I could only see about 50 feet in front of me. Once at the top… it was still foggy. Go figure! I had hoped I’d find sunshine and all the fog below with great views for photos. After about 45 minutes and a wander through the gift shop, I headed back down to wander the west side on the island.
There are many tiny villages on the island and some with little “downtowns” with restaurants, gas stations, and gift shops.
Wandering the other roads gave me chances to see the harbors with a few lobster boats moored.
On the park map, there are four lighthouses around the island. Bass, Bear Island, Egg Rock, and Baker Island lighthouses. Bass Harbor Lighthouse is on the main island. I found that it is the scene on the National Park quarter series. Only one other one was available to photograph. Egg Rock is to the east on the way out of Bar Harbor.
I did take a wander around Bar Harbor. I took Geordie on the path along the waterfront. Signs along the path and on the streets tell you the history of some houses, buildings, or streets. I learned that on the walk I passed the house built for John Jacob Astor’s grandson. Tall hedges screened the house from view.
Many shops along the main streets carry the t-shirts you need, or the ship in bottles for your mantle, and the many restaurants. There are a lot of big hotels on that side of the island too.
For general reference to visitors, most restaurants and campgrounds don’t open until a day or two before the Memorial Day Weekend. With that in mind, it’s a great time to visit with the lack of crowds to come this weekend.
This is a really nice park with lots of activities, including ferries to other islands and parts of the park.
Hope you enjoyed this round up of Acadia.
On Thursday I drove up to Calais, Me right on the border with New Brunswick. I’m camped for a couple nights while it rains all day today. Looks like a reading and sleeping day with the patter of rain.
Thanks for reading.