Camping.com Reviews Maine's Acadia Region
Islands, hamlets, and the incomparable Acadia National Park
make this region a treasure for campers. Head to Maine’s “Down East”
area and wander the rocky and sandy beaches, touring the islands,
mountains, and lakes. You can shop for antiques in the coastal villages
or take a ferry to a scenic island. This area is known for its amazing
wildlife, so don’t forget to watch for moose, foxes, beavers, and
shorebirds like puffins, eiders, gulls, and terns.
visit by setting out on Highway 1, a route that traces the coastline of
Penobscot Bay. The Highway is easily accessible from Portland
or from Interstate 95 cities like Augusta and Bangor. You’ll trace
along the craggy outcroppings that Maine is so famous for, admiring
views of rocky islands in the distance. Head north through Rockport,
Belfast, and Bucksport to beautiful Bar Harbor, a town that sits adjacent to Acadia National Park.
the 19th century, picturesque Bar Harbor was new England’s premier
summer resort destination. It was home to Millionaires’ Row, a line of
opulent summer estates that belonged to America’s most powerful
families: the Rockefellers, the Fords, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Astors,
and Morgans. With its stunning fall foliage and charming old-fashioned
inns, Bar Harbor is a popular romantic get-away spot. Take a stroll
through town and admire the remarkable architecture of these historic
Bar Harbor has plenty of family activities, from the
oceanarium and zoo to the family nature camp. You can take in a
lumberjack show or head to the newly-expanded Abbe Museum
to admire artifacts from the Wabenaki Indians. The town features of a
number of top-notch boutiques and galleries that showcase works by Maine
artists and sculptors.
The Bar Harbor area is also known for its
great outdoors activities. Aside from hiking the Mount Desert Island
forests, you can head to the Holbrook Island Sanctuary on Penobscot Bay
for a day of fishing, bird watching, beach combing, and cross-country
skiing in the winter. Throughout the area you’ll find places to go
snow-shoeing and skiing in the snowy months or horseback riding and rock
climbing in the spring and summer.
Just south of Bar Harbor lies
Acadia National Park, home to 1,532-foot Mount Cadillac. The summit of
this peak is the first part of the United States to greet the sun each
day. That’s a fitting theme for Acadia National Park, since special
views abound here. You can hike the sea cliffs, taking in the mountains,
lakes, and islands, or take the scenic auto loop. 125 miles of trails
in the park are closed to cars, making them perfect for walks and hikes.
The park also offers rock climbing, sailing, and canoeing.
northeast on Highway 1 is the pretty town of Calais, a perfect place to
escape the crowds. Calais lies just across the St. Croix River from new
Brunswick, close enough for side trips to Nova Scotia highlights like
Halifax, Moncton, and the Cape Breton Highlands Park. In the 1800s,
Calais was a major shipping port for the U.S. Today it’s the home of
historic sites like Whitlock’s Mill Lighthouse, the northernmost
lighthouse in Maine. This lighthouse is still in operation, guiding
ships in from Passamaquoddy Bay.
Calais has a charming waterfront
and walkway to explore. Natural attractions abound in this area that
boasts the greatest tidal change in the continental U.S. There are 40
lakes in the Calais area, a region that’s known as one of the best
fly-fishing spots for land-locked salmon. You’ll find plenty of fishing
camps, outfitters, and guide services in Calais. Not far away, the
23,000-acre Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to head
for a day of wildlife viewing. Watch for moose, deer, bear, eagles,
beaver, mink, goose, and woodcocks.
With its craggy coast, lively
tidepools, and dramatic views, Maine truly has something for everyone.
So pack your hiking boots, your camera, and your fishing pole and come
to Arcadia! You’ll go home with a knapsack full of great memories.