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hutzelbein
08-02-2013, 18:03
I'm currently visiting the East Coast, trying to hike in as many beautiful locations as possible before having to return to Germany. Although I'm still hiking in the Adirondacks (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=76163), and will move on to the Whites (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=76466) next, I'm already thinking about the destination afterwards. I'm spending a week near Bangor at the end of August, and I thought it might be a good idea to get to Acadia National Park afterwards. I saw that overnight hiking is forbidden, which means I would have to pick a campground and do day hikes from there.

Is it still worthwhile to visit Acadia? Instead of e.g. turning back and rather spend a couple of days in the Green Mountains? My time in the US is slowly coming to an end; I'll have to be back in Philadelphia by September 19th. Since time is precious, I would like to focus on the best hiking (and hammock) areas...

RKP
08-02-2013, 18:55
Acadia National Park has many trails to hike. Beautiful place. Just have to use a public campground. Enjoy. Still worth it.

hutzelbein
08-02-2013, 19:01
Any public campground that can be recommended (especially for hammocks)?

mudsocks
08-02-2013, 19:31
Acadia National Park has many trails to hike. Beautiful place. Just have to use a public campground. Enjoy. Still worth it.

Why a "public" campground? Do you mean private?

sunshower
08-02-2013, 19:42
Blackwoods Campground is in Acadia. We hammocked there. The rangers got a little testy when the only trees in the site given to us were just outside the gravel but they ended up being cool abou it.
It's a close drive to some sweet hikes- look up Pemetic and Cadillac Mountains. You can hike to Cadillac from the campsite on a longer nice day hike.

egrant5329
08-02-2013, 20:00
Acadia is nice, but personally if you can swing it, I would go to Katahdin instead and hike the Helon Taylor trail up Mt Pamola across Knifes Edge over to the end of the AT on Katahdin and back down. You won't regret it. It is an incredible hike! In my opinion it better than anything in the Whites.

desmobob
08-02-2013, 20:25
Acadia is a beautiful place... the Otter Cliffs trail is one of prettiest ocean-side hikes imaginable!

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I hammocked there this winter in the Blackwoods Campground. My girlfriend and I had the entire campground to ourselves! That was the last few days of February... I don't know how crowded it might be this time of the year, though.

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Take it easy,
desmobob

Deadphans
08-05-2013, 19:06
I would recimmend skipping Acadia. Go father up route 1 to a town called Machias (I used to live there). Go in to east Machias and take route 191 to cutler, Maine. Look for the trail head to bold coast trail. Am amazingly beautiful place with campsites near a lighthouse and very under populated. It is still my favorite place, and to think I used to live so close...I need to get back there

You have a good chance to see whales from the campsite as I did once in August.

But definitely visit Acadia. Bar harbor especially. Wonderful town! If you are a good climber and not scarred id heights, climb the precipice trail (photo is my avatar). It just opened up and is a thrill with great views!

At any rate, have fun!

sunshower
08-05-2013, 20:31
I would recimmend skipping Acadia. Go father up route 1 to a town called Machias (I used to live there). Go in to east Machias and take route 191 to cutler, Maine. Look for the trail head to bold coast trail. Am amazingly beautiful place with campsites near a lighthouse and very under populated. It is still my favorite place, and to think I used to live so close...I need to get back there

You have a good chance to see whales from the campsite as I did once in August.

But definitely visit Acadia. Bar harbor especially. Wonderful town! If you are a good climber and not scarred id heights, climb the precipice trail (photo is my avatar). It just opened up and is a thrill with great views!

At any rate, have fun!

i 2nd this. We have stayed in Cobscook Bay and hiked the Bold Coast trail several times- next trip up there is in Oct and can't wait :0)

Cuthalion
08-05-2013, 20:57
Live in the Bangor area,
I visit Acadia monthly. Blackwoods campground has direct access to the south face of Cadillac Mtn. If you are more for the ocean, Seawall campground has access to ocean side hikes. You can reserve a limited number of campsites, but the majority are first come-first serve. In late August you want to get there around noon at the latest to make sure you get a site. In the off-season, Blackwoods allows you to camp year round.

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/6/1/9/8/20130403_165009_549865.jpg

https://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/1/6/1/9/8/20130404_134407.jpg

Best of Luck!

Deadphans
08-05-2013, 21:01
i 2nd this. We have stayed in Cobscook Bay and hiked the Bold Coast trail several times- next trip up there is in Oct and can't wait :0)

Love that place. We used to go all the time for a nice overnighter when we had breaks from class. Been to cobscook bay too, snow showing and cross country skiing. What an amazing part of the country.

egrant5329
08-06-2013, 07:08
I would recimmend skipping Acadia. Go father up route 1 to a town called Machias (I used to live there). Go in to east Machias and take route 191 to cutler, Maine. Look for the trail head to bold coast trail. Am amazingly beautiful place with campsites near a lighthouse and very under populated.

I know I caused a little thread drift. Sorry about that, but thanks for the heads up on the bold coast trail as I had never heard of it. I like Acadia, but its too crowded in the summer/fall when I have been there. I did a quick search on the Bold Coast trail http://www.hikenewengland.com/CutlerCoastME080610.html . The pics look great, but is it really only 5.8 miles of trail and only 500ft of cumulative elevation gain?

sunshower
08-06-2013, 14:04
It is relatively flat (compared to the Whites). There are three designated camp sites if you want to really take your time and catch a nice sunset. I highly rec. It. Bold Coast is the trail name.
There is an extended 9.8mile loop if you want to include the campsites.

Deadphans
08-06-2013, 14:34
It is relatively flat (compared to the Whites). There are three designated camp sites if you want to really take your time and catch a nice sunset. I highly rec. It. Bold Coast is the trail name.
There is an extended 9.8mile loop if you want to include the campsites.

This right here is correct.

The trail is effectively split in half, half of it is for day hikes, or you can do the whole "rectangular" trail for 10 miles. Definitely do the Bold Coast for your over nighter, its so beautiful and serene. You will get the beauty at Acadia, but not the serenity. Like I said though, Mount Desert Island (Acadia) is definitely a great place to visit and spend some time in the National Park and the wonderful towns on the island. It is relatively flat, epsecially compared to the Whites. But there are a few sections in particular that have stair cases to go up and down the rock faces along the ocean.

The campsites at Bold Coast are in an incredible location. I love the very first one that is nestled right along the rocky coast (If you go inland first then travel the coastal trail to the trail head the next day). You also get a wonderful view of a light house, and like I said, a possibility of seeing whales migrating. One year, a Minke whale was literally right below us as we sat on the 40 foot cliff rock face. INCREDIBLE!

May I recommend stopping at Helens Restaurant in Machias before, or after, for some excellent breakfast and blue berry pie.

If you're there on August 17th, I would recommend working in to your schedule the Machias Blue Berry Festival/The Beehive Collective Black Fly Ball located in Bad Little Falls park, Machias.

http://www.machiasblueberry.com/events-info.php/Beehive-Design-Collective-8th-Annual-Blackfly-Ball-10/

It is amazing, and a band I used to play mandolin in is going to be playing - the Fremont Street Band! Along with nationally accredited bands - usually some sort of big band street party type thing. Its a blast!

hutzelbein
08-06-2013, 18:01
Just back from another 4-day hike - great to find so much new information! Thanks for the insider tips. It sounds like I should definitely check out Bold Coast. If it's so beautiful, I might just spend more than one night there :)

hutzelbein
08-06-2013, 18:04
If you're there on August 17th, I would recommend working in to your schedule the Machias Blue Berry Festival/The Beehive Collective Black Fly Ball located in Bad Little Falls park, Machias.

http://www.machiasblueberry.com/events-info.php/Beehive-Design-Collective-8th-Annual-Blackfly-Ball-10/

It is amazing, and a band I used to play mandolin in is going to be playing - the Fremont Street Band! Along with nationally accredited bands - usually some sort of big band street party type thing. Its a blast!

Ah, three months are just too short a time for exploring even "just" the East Coast... Unfortunately I'll only be up in Maine by the end of August / beginning of September. I'll have to come back some time.

William36
08-09-2013, 17:01
camp grounds in bar harbour area are nice.....

William36
08-13-2013, 16:58
agree on acadia...awesome!

flattop-johnny
08-23-2013, 19:19
+1...whole family loves Acadia!