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Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

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Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to Acadia and will have 5 full days to explore the park / area. We love to get up early and hike or bike... we probably won't do the most strenuous of hikes, or potentially dangerous, but we're certainly up for a good walk and/or bike ride, and absolutely love great views. We are a family of four, with two children (12/13 year olds).

I am seeking recommendations for the things we absolutely 'must do' to experience Acadia to its fullest... I had read that the sunrise at Cadillac is great, and I've bought a good map with hikes on it.. we have also read about the carriage rides.

Please could you suggest the best hikes based on your experiences - we greatly appreciate your advice, and love to use the recommendations from others that have experienced places before us.

Many thanks in advance,

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Sudbury...
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1. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Here are our favorite hikes (the links are to my reviews with photos). We are Acadia junkies and go to the beautiful park every year twice a year. Have been doing it for many years with hopefully more to come.

Pemetic Mountain (South Ridge)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

Penobscot and Sargent loop

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

Cadillac North Ridge

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

North Bubble, Bubble Rock, South Bubble and Conner’s Nubble

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie…

Gorham Mountain Trail

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

Great Head Trail

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-…

I can post many more, if you want.

Enjoy! There is no place in the world more gorgeous than Acadia... well, for us of course😊

Nora

Edited: 23 July 2018, 09:00
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2. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas... 5 days isn't going to be enough!!!! All of the trails that you suggested, look fabulous - thank you! We will be going during the first week of June so I hope it won't be too miserable, weather wise. We don't want it to be too hot anyway, as it makes it easier to hike... :-)

Thank you - we really appreciate you taking the time to post some fabulous hikes!

Sudbury...
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3. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

My pleasure! June is such a great time to visit Acadia: usually, sunny weather, not too hot during the day and always mild refreshingly cool evenings. And wild flowers! Enjoy food as well! I enjoyed fish all over the world but nowhere had it better than in Maine.

If you need more help, let me know! I am sure bonniemaev, who knows Acadia like no one else, will give you even better tips.

Nora

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4. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Roll on June... we can’t wait!!!

Thanks again!

Edited: 23 July 2018, 11:52
Sudbury...
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5. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Oh, you will love it! Where are you planning to stay? It is four of you, so do book accommodations early: Acadia is a busy park...

Enjoy hiking and you will also love biking on the carriage roads.

Best,

Nora

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6. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

HI there - we are still considering where to stay... we did see a house to rent overlooking Southwest harbor, or we may decide to stay a little closer to Bar Harbor... sooo, somewhere in that area for sure :-)

Sudbury...
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7. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Southwest Harbor is really nice. Very peaceful and a short drive from Bar Harbor.

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8. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Wonderful!! We’re hoping to catch a Redsox game before / after Acadia, so we’re waiting for the 2019 schedule to be released next month, and then we’ll firm up dates and accommodation... can’t wait, it’s going to be a great trip 😊😊

Thanks for all your help!

Sudbury...
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9. Re: Hiking / cycling advice - 5 days in Acadia

Anytime! Good luck with Red Sox game!😊

Edited: 26 August 2018, 07:21
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