Maine Road Trip: Acadia National Park

First full day in Acadia National Park! This day was pretty overcast, but it made for a great contrast to the incredible colors of the autumn foliage, so I didn’t mind one bit.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park

As I mentioned in the last post, Acadia is super manageable. The park is set along a mostly one-way loop road, making it very easy to hit all the main stops. My first stop of the day was Jesup Path. It’s a short and flat hike, but I knew it involved a boardwalk through the woods so I was interested. I’m so glad I made the stop, because I was completely blown away by the scenery.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup Path

The colors of the leaves were absolutely magical, and the cloudy day sent a gorgeous clean white light through the trees. As the hike was so unassuming, I actually had the area to myself for quite a while, making the experience even more special.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup PathMaine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup Path

This jaunt down Jesup Path actually set me back for the day — I didn’t anticipate spending so long here! As you can see, it was well worth it.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jesup Path

After Jesup Path, it was on to the Ocean Path. This path actually runs parallel to the loop road so it’s not really necessary to walk the whole thing (there are parking areas along the way for the main stops.) I was feeling ambitious though, so I parked at the start of the trail at the Sand Beach parking lot.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park
Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

I’m really happy I decided to walk the path. Though granted, it once again took me way longer than expected as there were nice little scenic turnouts every now and then to take advantage of the ocean view.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

After an absurdly long time (due to all my scenic detours) I arrived at Thunder Hole. Thunder Hole is a natural inlet, where the strong surf crashes against the rocks with a thunderous noise. The seas were pretty angry when I got there, but weren’t quite making that iconic sound that day.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Thunder Hole

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Thunder Hole

As you can see from the water washing over the pathway, visitors really had to time their steps perfectly to avoid a wash out! I wasn’t too interested in soaking wet feet, so I kept a safer distance.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Thunder Hole

I continued down the path some more with no real perception of time or distance (my phone battery had died from the cold temperatures almost immediately), simply enjoying the beauty of Acadia.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path
Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Ocean Path
At around 3 in the afternoon I got a little too hungry to continue, so I turned back for my car. But that was just fine, because I knew Jordan Pond House was still in my future. Jordan Pond House is the only place to eat within Acadia, making it quite the destination. My dad told me I absolutely had to have some popovers and lobster bisque, and I’d like to recommend the same to you. It was the perfect meal to warm me up after being out on the Ocean Path for hours. And the lobster bisque was BOMB.

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jordan Pond House

(Yeah, I was too hungry and finished everything before taking a picture. Believe me, you’d do the same.) I decided to take a short walk down to Jordan Pond after my meal; the longer visit was planned for the next day. The two round mountains shrouded in fog are known as The Bubbles — not a hike I did this time, but one that I apparently did as a child. Good for me!

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jordan Pond

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jordan Pond

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jordan Pond

Maine Road Trip Acadia National Park Jordan Pond

I had planned to go up Cadillac Mountain again for sunset, but as you can see the fog was rolling in and there would have been no view. After some relaxation time at my hotel I drove back into Bar Harbor for dinner. I decided I’d make a normal human choice and not have my third lobster roll dinner in a roll, and I would like you to know I was FULL OF REGRET and did not enjoy my dinner as much as I could have. Let my mistake be a lesson: when you can have a lobster roll, always have a lobster roll.

Previously:
Day 1 and 2: Portland, Rockland, and Cadillac Mountain

 

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