After the tourists have all gone home; after the local shops have closed for the season; after the leaves have shown their brilliant reds, then fallen to the ground; Acadia National Park is still a stunning landscape of peaceful tranquility.
Only now, you can truly enjoy the tranquil part.
We made one final trip up the coast of Maine to bid farewell to Acadia for the winter. The park, which celebrated its 100th birthday this year, will get some much deserved rest after a record-breaking season that has sparked new conversations regarding traffic patterns and possible visitor limits during peak season.
It’s no secret that Acadia is unlike any other place on the east coast during the summer, however, it’s in the late fall and throughout the offseason that visitors get an entirely different view of the park; one without people in it.
We spent time at the Jordan Pond House grounds, a popular destination that is a parking nightmare in July, only to stand alone with unobstructed views of the Bubbles and Jordan Pond. We travelled down the Jesup Path, which only weeks before was inundated with leaf peepers admiring its incredible foliage, and did not meet a single person during the hour long stroll.
Acadia becomes a different place in the winter, rugged and unforgiving to those that are not prepared, but before the snow flies, there is plenty of room to stretch your legs.