Originally Posted by Paul Braun
Thanks for all the information. I am curious about Mt Desert Island? I can understand wanting to avoid Bar Harbor due to the traffic and crowds, is the same true for the remainder of the island? We would be visiting during the first week of September.
We really enjoy the "quiet side" of the island (near Southwest Harbor). There is nice hiking and tidepooling on that side (Acadia mountain, Wonderland trail, and the whole Seawall area), and you can still get to Bar Harbor for a dinner out or something if you want. We've camped at Seawall, which is a national park campground- it looks like it is closing Sept 6 for renovations. I've also heard the Mt Desert Campground is nice- it's at the top of Somes sound and a little closer to Bar Harbor, but not too close.