An RV Trip to Aroostook County Maine for Autumn Foliage

The fall foliage reports for Maine have indicated that right now is the ideal time to head to the North Woods and the lovely wilderness of Maine’s northernmost region. In Aroostook County you have the unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall colors, with between 50 and 75 percent color change at this time. It is only going to get better. What a great time to drive an RV through the county and enjoy the blazing reds, oranges, golds and yellows, as well as some outdoor recreation.

This marvelous county also has more than 1,000 miles of ATV trails, so bringing your ATV along with you may be a smart move. Fishing gear is a must as well. There are thousands of lakes, ponds and streams where you can cast a line and come up with a catch.

The unspoiled Allagash Wilderness Waterway invites you to take a guided canoe trip through an exciting landscape, 92 miles from start to finish. Bird watchers are always fascinated by the wide variety of feathered creatures and wildlife lovers can’t get enough of watching animal life in their native habitat. With the changing colors of autumn, your trip is all that more enjoyable.

Saco River Maine

Saco River Maine

A visit to Presque Isle should be top on your list. This is the largest town in Aroostook County and provides points of interest you won’t want to miss. There is a monument honoring the first hot air balloon flight across the Atlantic which departed from here. Outdoor fun includes hunting, fishing and hiking. If you bring along a mountain bike, you’ll find plenty of trails through the forests of colorful maples.

Nearby you can discover Aroostook State Park, with trout fishing, camping and much more. Try a hike on the North Peak Trail for a little over one mile of beauty, or a shorter trail to enjoy is the South Trail. Rent a kayak or canoe and fit in some paddling on Echo Lake.

When you visit Caribou you will discover another spot in Maine where you may wish to stay for a while. Salmon and trout fishing is at its best here, and hiking, biking, or jogging can be a real adventure on either the Aroostook Valley Trail or the Bangor & Aroostook Trail. Learn some history by stopping by the Ashland Logging Museum. If you want to see what lived in this region millions of years ago, see the fossil and mineral specimens at the Nylander Museum of Natural History.

More outdoor recreation and marvelous fall colors await you in Eagle Lake. This lake is at the south end of a whole chain of lakes where fishing for salmon and trout is a very popular activity. In the winter snowmobiling is the big thing, but in the autumn, hiking can take you through landscapes of pure beauty.

Bordering Canada, the Maine town of Fort Fairfield lies along the Aroostook River with a charming atmosphere and friendly folk. It is fun to explore the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum to learn of the railroad history of this area. Get a taste of what it was like to go to school here in the mid-1800s by visiting the McIntosh one-room schoolhouse. And of course, get out and about to witness the blazing beauty of the changing fall colors.

The gateway to the North Woods is at Fort Kent. This was originally an outpost for lumbering and a region very rich in history. You will certainly find some festival going on when you arrive as they occur throughout the year. Then in Houlton travelers discover more outdoor recreation to keep them busy all day with hiking and ATV trails to explore. Browse the streets and see Victorian homes and stop at the farmers market to stock up on good food for the rest of your RV trip.

In Island Falls there are four surrounding lakes where you can go boating or fishing, and you can even play golf at the 18-hole Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course surrounded by scenic views of mountains. There is nothing like a visit to Island Falls, Maine!

Although the time to return home is rapidly approaching, you’ll know that this autumn vacation was certainly one of the best ever. You can always extend your stay and see the ever-changing autumn colors deepen and reach their peak quickly. Maine is a wonderful spot for an RV vacation in the fall.

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The Perfect Time for an RV Trip to Acadia National Park

Picture of an Acadia National Park SignTraveling to Maine is a pleasure in itself, with gorgeous coastal scenery and historical sites to visit. But the best destination in Maine for those who love nature is Acadia National Park. This is a park situated on beautiful islands on the coast, with hundreds of species of birds, a wide variety of wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities for the whole family. This time of year is the very best time to visit, too!

You can explore the rugged coastline and the forests by taking the Park Loop Road. This is twenty-seven miles of incredible scenery and peaceful tranquility. You can then choose a park campground to stay in. There are two which accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Or you can park your RV in Bar Harbor at Hadley’s Point Campground and enjoy the quiet location and convenience of this lovely campground.

Acadia boasts some wonderful museums if you want to get some history education into your vacation. The Islesford Historical Museum is on Little Cranberry Island. This is a spot where you can learn the fascinating story of this island and its people. The Abbe Museum is in the Sieur de Monts Spring area and you won’t want to miss the exhibits there. You also don’t want to miss the main museum in downtown Bar Harbor.

Picture of the View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

View From the Top of Cadillac Mountain

While in the Sieur de Monts Spring area you should stop at the Wild Gardens of Acadia. These gardens are open all year and will enthrall you with the many native species on display. The fact that it is free is an added bonus. Then head for Cadillac Mountain for some outdoor fun. This is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard, rising 1,530 feet above sea level and overlooking Bar Harbor.

More fun awaits you in the park, with ponds and lakes for fishing and more than 120 miles of hiking trails. You will definitely want to get out into the forest. The best hikes are found on some of the carriage roads but you may want to take more strenuous trails. The Cadillac North Ridge Trail is four miles out and back and of moderate difficulty. The Cadillac South Ridge Trail is more strenuous and is 7 miles round trip.

Picture of Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Light

If you love to visit lighthouses, you will find Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse offers magnificent views. You’ll discover the short hiking trails close by where you can get some exercise. Mount Desert Island is a wonderful place to spend some time while at Acadia National Park. Breathe in that fresh sea air and let your imagination do the rest.

Picture of the Shore Path in Bar Harbor Maine

The Shore Path

 

Bar Harbor is nearby and is well worth a visit. Spend some time in this quaint Maine town, grab a lobster dinner and relax. Once recovered from your earlier adventures in Acadia, you may take the Bar Harbor Shore Path. This is a short hike where you’ll get some great views of the harbor and island, as well as experience what Maine is all about.

This Acadia adventure gave you everything a vacation can be expected to provide – lovely scenery, a unique nature experience, historic sites and a new look at our lovely land. Come back another time for more!

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You Are Not Too Late for a Fall RV Excursion along the Maine Coast

Pack your things, hop on a plane and rent an RV to catch the autumn beauty of the Maine Coast this fall. There is no better way to travel than quietly and leisurely along the back lanes of the state. Move through the Maine woods and enjoy the solitude. All the summer crowds are gone now, and it’s your chance to truly get away from it all. And there should still be some fall foliage left for your viewing pleasure…

One great touring opportunity in your RV is to leave from Kittery and drive up the coast to Portland. Kittery is right between the Piscataqua River and the Atlantic, one of Maine’s oldest settlements. Enjoy the cobblestone streets, a drink at a quaint pub and marvel at the ocean views. Then take off and turn west to the Sebago Lakes Region. The drive is an awesome view of all that makes Maine a perfect vacation destination any time of year.

You will want to visit the state parks to catch glimpses of fall foliage. At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park you will want to capture the yellow displays of the forests around Freeport with your camera, so don’t forget to bring your camera equipment. When you lay out your itinerary, be sure to put this early on the list, as the foliage peaks in mid-October.

In Pownal, you must stop in Bradbury Mountain State Park for more brilliant fall colors. Explore the trails through the forests, hike to the summit and take in the surrounding beauty. A picnic may be in order. If you have your mountain bike you will find a number of shared-use trails to ride.

You may have missed the peak of colors when you stop at Ferry Beach State Park but it is still worth a visit. The beaches are a wonderful place to wander. Beachcomb or simply enjoy the pounding of the surf. Glimpse the wildlife in the protected swamp areas and maybe try digging for clams. The fun never ends along the coast of Maine!

The Mid-Coast region also offers vistas you won’t want to miss. Begin your tour in Brunswick and drive north along the coast. There are historic lighthouses to see, beaches and wonderful lobster dining. Head on up to Acadia National Park, a must-see while you are in this neck of the woods. Drive the 20-mile loop road through the park for spectacular views. The ocean, mountains and woods are inspiring in their beauty.

You can venture to Quoddy Head State Park and find yourself at the eastern-most point of the United States. There are a number of hiking trails in this park and a diverse habitat for many rare plants. Visit the West Quoddy Head Light for a great taste of history.

Go to Camden Hills State Park as one of your last stops on your Maine Coast RV adventure. More fall foliage awaits you. Drive to the top of Mt. Battie. The world is at your feet. And as you head home you will be happy with the wonderful memories of an RV vacation well taken.

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Travel Maine’s Rugged Coast for the Perfect RV Adventure

Picture of the Coast of Maine

Maine’s Rocky Coast

Spring to fall is the perfect time to pack your traveling gear into an RV and adventure out along Maine’s beautiful coast. This state is most popular for its rugged coastal landscapes and the charming fishing villages along the way. Begin your RV trip in Ellsworth, Maine. The town, founded in 1800, is the ideal gateway for many amazing sights. Although not a part of this particular vacation route, Acadia National Park may warrant a visit while you are in the area.

Leave Ellsworth heading north on Highway 1 until you come to Maine Highway 186, a loop that takes you on Schoodic Scenic Byway to Schoodic Point. You must not forget your camera because you will have many regrets if you don’t catch some shots of the pounding surf and rocky shores. You’ll see islands offshore, all different sizes and shapes, such as Pond and Rolling Islands.

Winter Harbor is a great place to stop and rest from driving. You can see the active fleet of lobster boats and strike up conversations with local fishermen. This classic village on Maine’s lovely coast offers amazing views from its western shore. You will see harbors where boats take refuge and trawlers wait for the right conditions to take to sea. Prospect Harbor is one of these great waterways.

Stop and wander the streets of Corea, Maine to really experience this charming fishing village. This community is well worth the time to explore. It’s on the Gouldsboro Peninsula, with quiet spots to sit and reflect on all the scenery you’ve seen so far. There is more to come. The town of Gouldsboro is a place to stop and perhaps enjoy a dinner in one of the fine restaurants. Maybe you will even be up for a kayaking tour or a nightly concert.

Columbia Falls will welcome you with open arms. Visit the Ruggles House to get a flavor of life in Columbia Falls in the mid-1800s. Amazing and intricate woodwork is one of the sights to see in this historic home. When you reach Maine Highway 187 as you continue up Highway 1, you will turn and head out on this loop along the water’s edge.

An RV trip wouldn’t be complete without some exciting new adventure. If you’ve never taken a kayak trip before, now is the time to try it out. Paddling around Head Harbor Island and Steele’s Harbor Island will have you hooked on a new hobby. You can recover from the excitement in Jonesport, the heart of Maine’s rugged coastline. This small fishing village is the ideal place to breathe the fresh Maine ocean air and enjoy the quiet and solitude.

After leaving Jonesport, you will pass Englishman Bay where photo opportunities abound. Miss getting in a swim while you’ve been enjoying the scenery? The best place to don your swim gear and take advantage of saltwater or freshwater swimming is at Roque Bluffs State Park. Now your outdoor recreation can start in earnest. Take a hike along the cliffs, beach comb along the beaches. There are plenty of coves you can explore on a canoe or kayak. Find RV camping at the Sunset Point Campground in Harrington Maine. They accommodate RVs of any size and for a reasonable price. They provide free WiFi and there’s a laundry room so you can wash your traveling clothes.

The first naval battle of the American Revolution caused Fort O’Brien to be built on these shores. It is worth your time to stop by the Fort O’Brien State Historic Site to see where we protected our country during three separate wars. Then move on to the Moosehorn National Wildlife Reserve where you will see waterfowl, game birds, wading birds and more, all protected in this Atlantic flyway.

You are getting close to the end of your trip in Calais, Maine, but it isn’t over yet. Many adventures await you in Shackford Head State Park. If you are a birder, you will love hiking the trails to see a wide variety of bird life, including bald eagles. Even if you don’t do a lot of bird watching, you’ll certainly love the views all the way to Canada.

When you reach Calais, Maine, you can stop for some shopping, and perhaps travel over the border into Canada for additional fun and to make more memories. The choice is yours. You have experienced some of the best of Maine and now can call your RV adventure at an end. There are other vacations when you can return and do it all over again.

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Explore Maine’s Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV

Picture of the Old Canada Road Scenic BywayAn RV vacation in the endless beauty of Maine’s North Woods leaves visitors breathless, stunned by the scenery, the pristine forests and the wide array of outdoor recreation available. Driving the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway gives you the best of the best of all of these.

If coming from Boston, Massachusetts, take Interstate 95 north through New Hampshire into Maine. After you pass the Waterville exit, you will come to Route 201, and you turn north to start your adventure through the natural setting of Maine’s wilderness landscapes.

When you plan on enjoying some fishing or hunting during your Maine RV trip, be sure to get your state license before you leave. You’ll be fully prepared and won’t have to put off having some fun out there in the wilderness.

As you move along Route 201, you will be following the same path as the Abenaki Indians when they did their trading in the north. Abenaki lands extended across much of northern New England and into southern Quebec. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife wandering through the forests, across mountain ridges and by the rivers.

Once through Lakewood, Maine, you will soon reach Solon. The woods around Solon provide some great hunting, if this is what you are looking for in outdoor excitement. You may get to have the thrill of bagging a bear on this trip. The 13-mile-long Wyman Lake is a spot you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you enjoy boating and fishing. Throw in a line and catch some yellow perch, sunfish or rainbow trout.

Next stop? Moxie Mountain, a 2920-foot peak where hiking is perfect for those ready for some strenuous exercise. Climbing to the summit will put you in touch with some views, time to catch your breath and reflect. Back in your RV to head for Caratunk and the Appalachian Trail. This is likely one of the finest hiking trails in the U.S., with miles of it to experience right in Maine. You don’t have to hike all of its more than 2,000 miles. Just a few miles is enough to impress.

Visit the spot where two rivers meet – The Forks. Here the Kennebec River and Dead River converge and provide opportunities for some exciting whitewater rafting. In the winter, you’ll discover snowmobile trails to explore, and wonderful hiking or ATV riding in the summer months.

Ten miles north of Caratunk, discover Moxie Falls with its gorgeous 30-yard cascade. The falls is only a couple miles east of Route 201 and easy to access, with a short hike from parking. This scenic waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Maine and a must-see. Head a little way downstream for some delightful swimming, but be warned, it is a challenging scramble over rocks to get there.

As you approach Jackman, Maine, you’ll discover majestic mountains just waiting for you to climb, hike or simply enjoy the view. Coburn Mountain at over 3,700 feet presents some challenging adventures. Bring your camera and a picnic lunch to the summit. Stop later in Jackman for dinner and supplies. In March you can take in a sled dog race. The Northeast Championship Sled Dog Race will leave you breathless, even if you aren’t participating.

Find a multitude of hiking trails in the Jackman and Forks region to test your skills. From moderate to difficult, these mountains will inspire you to get out and stretch your legs – and the rest of you! Choose among Sally Mountain, Boundary Bald Mountain or Cold Stream Falls, the most remote. Other activities you can substitute for hiking include picnicking at the Attean View rest area or sitting by the Moose River to watch the sun go down.

A side-trip for a complete RV vacation experience would be to take Highway 6 to Moosehead Lake. Escape from workaday cares and worries by relaxing lakeside and enjoying the clear waters surrounded by serene forested hills. To finish your trip, you go back to Route 201 and drive north until you reach Sandy Bay at the international border with Canada.

You have made it to the end of your journey and are ready to begin the drive back, stopping at all the sights you may have missed the first time. The Old Canada Road Scenic Byway by RV is certainly a trip you must make, summer or winter, for some of the most beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation available in the northeast United States.

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RV Camping – Acadia National Park

Are you hoping to spend some time next summer exploring forest trails, photographing ocean vistas and biking up mountains? There’s one place where you can do it all! Acadia National Park, located on the US Atlantic Coast in Maine, is the perfect place to play outdoors on your next RV camping vacation.

To get your travel hunger revving, we’ve gathered lots of information about this ruggedly beautiful Park. Here are our suggestions for thoroughly enjoying an RV camping trip to Acadia National Park.

Places to See
Acadia is unique because it’s located mostly on islands in the Atlantic. Mount Desert Island, on which the town of Bar Harbor, Maine is found, offers a wide range of fascinating outdoor habitats for RV campers to explore. Easily accessible by vehicle, the Island is home to marshes, lakes, forestland and rugged granite mountains.

The tallest peak on the Island is Cadillac Mountain, a great place to catch a view of the smaller islands farther out into the Atlantic. By the way, if you love nautical history, travel to Little Cranberry Island by ferry to visit Islesford Historical Museum.

The Park Loop route will take you around the Island, with opportunities to see scenic Bar Harbor streets, ocean, lake and forest wildlife species and helpful interpretive exhibits along the twenty-mile drive.

Things to Do
One of the nicest things about this Park is the Island Explorer buses! These fare-free buses take you to all the best spots in the Park, back to your campground and even to other area attractions. Park your RV in one of the area campgrounds and plan to take the bus to get familiar with Acadia.

Once you’ve found your bearings, why not bike along part of the forty-five miles of carriage roads on Mount Desert Island? Looping around the Island’s lakes and ponds, across the many stone bridges, and up to the peak of Cadillac Mountain, the carriage roads provide an unforgettable way to see the Park’s best attractions.

Another must-do is hiking at least a few of the nature trails throughout the Park. You may never put your camera away, once you’ve experienced the awesome ocean views or captured the rugged beauty of a lighthouse.

To experience the entire range of Park plant life in one small setting, visit the Wild Gardens of Acadia at the Sieur de Monts Nature Center. While at the Nature Center, learn about the area’s Native American legacy at the Abbe Museum. Also, plan to treat yourself to a slice of history by having lunch, tea or dinner at Jordan Pond House.

Where to Stay
While there are no utilities at the campgrounds inside the Park, there are two very nice campgrounds in the woods for RV campers who don’t mind dry camping. If you’d like things a little less rustic, there are several private campgrounds adjacent to Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor Campground can accommodate large RVs and boasts an incredible view of the Atlantic.

Another fantastic full-service RV campground is Smuggler’s Den in the Southwest Harbor area. A heated pool, large campsites and access to beaches and hiking trails make it a wonderful home base for your trip.

Break out your hiking shoes and dust off your camera! If you’ve never experienced the rugged splendor of the northern Atlantic Coast, it’s time you did. Acadia National Park is a wonderland of outdoor recreation activities for RV campers. We’re here to help you reserve a luxurious RV and start planning your unforgettable trip to Acadia. You can pick up your RV rental at our Boston RV Rentals location and take a leisurely drive up the coast to Bar Harbor, Maine to visit the park.

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