New England Part 4: Maine and Acadia National Park – one more check off the bucket list and a side trip to Canada!

5/23 This is the longest post yet, but I spent several days in Maine, my last stop in New England before my summer gig, and was pretty excited. The first stop was Freeport, where LL Bean has three different stores. WOW! I spent some time there and did a little shopping. I walked around town and stopped to get a sandwich ($14). I can’t believe how expensive food is here!
I headed out and a few hours later, arrived at Cobscook Bay State Park that is a couple of hours north of Acadia National Park and located on the bay. The sites had electric only with the dump station and potable water nearby and easy to use. They were situated in a loop that provides privacy. There were a few sites on the shore and a great spot for morning coffee. The mosquitoes were out and though I liked my site, I asked to switch to another that wasn’t so buggy. It was quiet and would camp here again.
5/24 The tiny coastal town of Lubec is not far from the park and claims that it is the farthest eastern town in the States. It is also just across the bridge from New Brunswick, Canada. Just past Lubec is the Quoddy Head State Park light house and I spent a couple of days taking pictures there. The red and white striped light house was picture perfect and the trails along the cliffs were easy to walk around. Picnic tables were scattered around and another parking lot was nearby.

Quoddy Head Light House, NH with Campobello Island in the background.

Eastport was another point of interest. It is mainly a fishing town and a major port of Maine. I walked around and had a hot dog at the pier. There was also a walkway along the water that had a couple of interesting statues that lead to the main street area. It was too early for tourists and only locals mingled around the hot dog stand. Practically had the whole place to myself.

5/25 Canada is on the other side of the bridge and you can download the ArriveCAN app to register your documents and enter your trips. You only have to register once and then load your trip plans as needed. I thought it was pretty easy to use and took the time to register and make my trip plan on the app.
New Brunswick Canada – Campobello Island is the home to Theodore Roosevelt Int’l Park. This was the Roosevelt summer home and is now a museum with a visitor’s center and picnic area near the water. Driving around the island was fun and I found two light houses to take snaps of. There is one that you can climb the steep steps to during low tide only, but I took a pass on that. The view was still great from the other side.

5/28 My next camp site was at Timberland Acres RV Park, a large campground that supports big rigs, and my site was good. I had to clear some broken glass and mosquitoes were everywhere because the woods were behind it, and the only bath house was a couple of blocks away, but I could drive up to park and shower.
Acadia National Park is small but beautiful and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and was on my bucket list to visit. It is situated in Bar Harbor. There are many towns with harbors that jut in and out of the park. Though Acadia is a small park, it is very popular during the summer months, and was crowded on Memorial Day weekend.
Jordan Pond House with the pond and trails are the highlight of the park, and features a gift shop and café (opens at 11am) that is famous for its popovers. The trail around shoreline is an easy walk on one side and a little rocky with boardwalks on the other, and is about 3 miles. Rain or shine, this is a beautiful spot and so peaceful in the early morning. It rained and was foggy the first day, but I took my favorite pictures then. I went hiking early one morning and avoided the crowds. The next day was nice and sunny and I could actually see the pond. Check out the cool tiny electric vehicles for rent that can save the hassle of parking!

Sand Beach has a long pathway along the cliffs and it was mostly paved and easy to walk. People can climb around the rocks and spend time sunbathing and taking selfies, and I stayed for a while watching the waves coming in. Other features included Thunderhole Cove, a major attraction that makes a lot of noise when the waves come crashing in. My final stop was Otter Point and then called it a day.
Bar Harbor – too crowded! I got stuck in traffic twice, couldn’t park anywhere, and will not go back. The worst tourist town yet.
5/30 I had a 6am reservation for Cadillac Mountain. This very popular spot is the highest in Maine with a 360′ view and you could see for miles around! It is known to be the first place to catch the sunrise in the USA. I missed that, but was happy I went. The views are amazing at any time!

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia Nat’l Park

Bubble Rock trail was a good hike and a bit of a climb to the named rock. OK, it stands on a cliff with no support. (Sorry, it’s hard not to compare it to Arches NP). I made another stop to the Visitor Center, then on to Bass Harbor to find the light house. There was a small trail to the rocks, and if you are brave you can climb around them to see the light house. I did the best I could. Driving around the coast was probably out of my way, but I drove to Pretty Marsh and stopped to eat. I took a nap then wandered around to the water. It was another beautiful spot and very quiet.
Ellsworth is a quaint town near the campground and I spent some time walking around. It has a very decorative city seal that I found fascinating. I also found a great ice cream shop that I had to stop at. The next day I set off to my final destination, New Hampshire. Moving on…

I took a lot of photos and am happy to share them with you! These are random photos that I liked and are in no particular order. I found the lobster traps fascinating because they were all kinds of colors!


  1. Land seen behind West Quoddy Head lighthouse is actually Grand Manan island.
    West Quoddy Head is in ME not NH.
    The summer home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt not Theodore is on Campobello Island.


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