New England Fall Roadtrip: Day 3 - Acadia, Maine

Monday, November 9, 2020


We thankfully arrived in one piece late Sunday night to Mount Desert Campground which is situated less than a mile from the entrance of Acadia National Park. We originally wanted to stay within the national park however due to Covid all of Acadia's campgrounds are closed until further notice. I did an in depth review of Mount Desert Campground here, but suffice to say we loved our stay there and wouldn't hesitate to go again if we had the chance. 

We awoke on day 3 well rested and ready to explore. After packing up our tent and exploring the beautiful grounds of Mount Desert Campground we headed into Acadia National park where our plan for the day was to explore the stunning 27 miles of Park Loop Drive. It should be noted that before our arrival we were notified that Acadia would be testing a reservation system during our stay and in order for us to enter Ocean Path or Cadillac Summit we must make advanced reservations. Unfortunately Cadillac Summit was sold out, but we were able to obtain entry into Ocean Path for the same day around sunset.

It must be said that Acadia is very dog friendly. While there were some trails off limits to dogs most of the park is accessible and Storm thoroughly enjoyed her time exploring and breathing in the crisp fall air.

Acadia National Park was first established as Sieur de Monts National Monument in July of 1916 but was then changed to Lafayette National Park in 1919 when it became the first national park east of the Mississippi. It wasn't until January 1929 that is was officially named Acadia National Park.

As with any place I visit in the United States, I like to take the time to give thanks, honor and learn about the Native Americans who cultivated this land. Native American people have inhabited the land we now call Maine for 12,000 years. Today four distinct tribes - the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot - are known collectively as the Wabanaki, or "People of the Dawnland." are still thriving. Each maintains it's own tribal government, community schools, cultural center and respective lands and natural resources.

A lot of the beautiful sights along Park Loop Drive are easily accessible and seen off the road. We spent most of our day driving around and stopping to take photos or do a short hike if we say something that caught our eyes before taking in the sunset on Ocean Drive and then heading back to our campsite for the night. Tomorrow we will spend another beautiful day exploring Acadia.
See day 4 of our adventures here and all posts on our New England Adventure here.

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