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    Arcadia Park, ME questions

    I'm heading up to Arcadia National Park at the end of August from Massachusetts. We are planning to camp at or near Arcadia for two nights, any suggestions of places to camp would be great. On the water with cell phone service would be a plus. We will slab it just North of Hampton NH, then stay on Rt 1 North trying to stay as close to the coast as possible, we will probably try to jump off Rt 1 to some of the small roads that go right along the Ocean. We plan to be at or near Arcadia at the end of day one (about 425 miles). Day two we will ride some of the roads around Arcadia maybe head North on some more coastal roads towards New Brunswick. Are there any must ride roads or must see sights that i should Know about. We will have all day 2 to explore the area. Day 3 we will have a few more hours to explore and then we will slab it home to Mass. I like to ride a spirited pace, i like twisty roads.

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    Brian,

    Acadia is a great place to go, but I'll offer some friendly advice and suggest you move your visit back a little and go in early September. If you are planning to camp in the park if you don't have reservations, I'd check on availability ASAP because the park fills up and stays full at this time of year. The town of Bar Harbor is full of people and cars and is often very congested during the summer months. Once the kids go back to school it opens up a lot more and is much nicer in my opinion. If you want to camp by the ocean there are lots of campgrounds available, but again at this time of year without reservations you could have a tough time. If you want to camp in the park you'll need a park pass which is not expensive and allows you to ride anywhere in the park. The must ride in the park is to the top of Cadillac Mountain which allows you a phenomenal ocean view of all the islands in Frenchman's Bay. There are also lots of nice rides around the island and to Southwest Harbor which are pretty good as well. You might check the Ride Maine guide for resources in the area (ridemaine.net). There are some spectacular rides along the coast, but I'd recommend checking out the scenic byways that are in the Western Mountain regions too. Route 11 and Route 201 are both really nice too. If you take route one to Acadia, stop at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge along the way and go to the top of the observation tower, the view is amazing. If you go during August 20-22 you might go up the coast to the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival where you are guaranteed to find the best piece of blueberry pie you've ever eaten. Have a fun and save trip, Don

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    We stayed just outside of the park at Soames Sound Camp Ground. Soames Sound

    Is this close enough to the water for you?



    The camp ground was nice and it was great waking up literally on the water. But this site is at the bottom of the hill. (There are several other waterfront sites but this is the only one on a platform directly over the water. Unless you like to hike, you need to ride up the hill to the rest rooms/shower. Also, there were no trash receptacles near by. We found this rather inconvenient. Shower facilities were very clean but you need shower tokens at a cost of $1 for 5 minutes.

    Overall, it was a beautiful site but given the price and inconvenience, it's not for us if we ever return to the area.

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    Here's another shot of that campground.

    I agree with waiting until September if you can. Any weekend except Columbus day, but during the week in late August is always a possibility. Weekends are rough. I get to MDI a half dozen times a year and usually stay at the Colony motel in Hulls Cove. Straight out of 1955, but clean and reasonably priced.

    I camped here a couple of years ago, but don't recall if there was cell service or not. It's still pretty spotty on MDI for all carriers, but AT&T is putting in a few new towers. This place only has a few spots on the water and it's a steep dirt track to get to them. http://www.ssvc.info/

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    Taking Rte 1 from NH to Acadia will take up approx your entire vacation.
    Painfully slow, tourist traffic, little towns with lights.
    Not sure where you are starting from, but you might consider a more inland route, we recently took Rte 2 home from that area, ending up in the Conway NH area, aside from Conway itself, it was nice east/west option, avoiding the congested coastline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer View Post
    Taking Rte 1 from NH to Acadia will take up approx your entire vacation.
    This can be very true! btdt

    I usually take the interstate to Augusta from Boston. Then, Rte 1/3 from Augusta to Bar Harbor isn't too bad (yearround) but the earlier in the day, the better.

    MDI is the same way, you have the place to yourself for the first 4 hours of daylight, even in July and August, the exception being the crowd of sunrise peepers on Cadillac Mt., but I think most of them go to bed after it comes up. You can definitely find solitude on that island anytime of year if you look hard enough.
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    I have Sprint and I did have service at Soames Sound. Oddly enough, my husband has Nextel (owned by sprint) and he did not have service.

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    Blackwoods campground in Acadia loop B. This is a two minute walk to the steep cliffs that you can sit on and look at the ocean. Great place to camp have camped there five times. Only 7-8 minutes out of Bar Harbor have clam chowder on the pier restaurant best in Maine to me anyway. Ride up to Lincoln Maine the road to Baxter State Park is great and you can get on the Golden Highway (even though motorcycles are not allowed) ploice don't patrol, Moose everywhere on this road but very large logging trucks coming out of Canada also. Enjoy

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