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Old 03-13-2015, 07:56 PM   #1
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Northern New England this summer and early fall

Will be spending summer and early fall exploring Vermont, Hew Hampshire, and Maine (Nova Scotia if time) for the first time. Will be coming from Niagara Falls and can either go above or below the Adirondack Mtns. Love to see some of the small New England towns and eventually Acadia NP. Hiking, photography and history is what we are looking for (other than lobster of course). Have a 39ft 5th wheel. Any suggestions for routes, towns, and campgrounds are appreciated.

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Try Danforth Bay CG in Freedom NH. It's situated between the lakes region and the White Mountains. The road up to the top of Mt Washington is worthwhile. BTW, your 5th wheel won't fit in a site at Acadia NP CG. But, take a hike or ride up to the top of Cadillac Mountain in the NP. There is free bus service around Bar Harbor from the local CGs to inside the NP. Watch for cell service around Bar Harbor. You could pick up a Canadian tower.

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Old 03-14-2015, 05:00 AM   #3
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It's pretty easy to centrally locate yourself for day tripping. We've stayed as far north as Harrington, Me. at Sunset Campground. The owner will cook & deliver to your RV Lobstah for $7 Lb. There's another Sunset in Lubec further north, but never stayed there. We'll be staying two months this summer in Bucksport, Me.. A good location to go either north or south for a day trip. We don't stay in the southern part because of the crowds. Near Bangor you have Pumpkin Patch Rv park which is a nice park, but no matter where you choose it's a good idea to make res. in the summer. Personally I believe New Hampshire is the prettiest New England state. Up near lake Winnapesauke(spelling ?) is beutiful, the Kankamankas(Spelling ?) highway is a nice drive. I've done Mt. Washington by motorcycle & car, to say the least by bike was more exciting, especially coming back down. Anywhere you go in downeast Maine you'll probably like.
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Old 03-14-2015, 05:59 AM   #4
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We stayed at Tamworth Campground in Tamworth, NH which is near North Conway and not far from Mt Washington. The Cog Railway to the summit of Mt Washington is a fun ride. Make sure to take warm clothing with you as the temperature at the top of the mountain can drop dramatically. It might be 90 at the base and only 50 at the summit.

Also from Tamworth it's a short drive to Castle in the Cloud. From there you get a fantastic view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Last summer we went to Rockland, ME for their Lobster Festival the first week of August. We stayed at Camden Hills RV in Camden, ME.

From there we went to Winter Harbor, ME and stayed at a small 10 site RV park, Main Stay RV. It is a little pricey ($50.00/night) but because the season is so short those type of prices are not that unusual. There are campgrounds that are cheaper. Anyway, the sites sit facing Henry Cove where you can relax and watch the tide go in and out. Right next to the RV park is the Winter Harbor Ferry that goes to Bar Harbor (about an hour ride). While in Bar Harbor you can get a narrated bus tour through Acadia NP. There is also a Lobster Pound in Winter Harbor where you can buy fresh caught lobster right of the boat.

They have a Lobster Festival the second weekend of August.

We took a day trip 1 hour trip north into New Brunswick, CN to Campobello, Franklin Roosevelt's summer home. Very beautiful area.

These are just a few of the things to do in New England. Enjoy your trip.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:21 AM   #5
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Don't know how late in the fall you plan on staying but, 2 heads up 1) 99.9% of campgrounds up there close RIGHT AFTER Columbus Day weekend, and 2) If you will still be there Columbus weekend ensure you have reservations where you want to be because that weekend it peak leaf peeping weekend and is a very busy time up there.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:06 PM   #6
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We love Acadia. The whole Maine coast is stunning. The National Park campgrounds are nice no frills and no hook_ups. Heck no not showers even. The private campgrounds around the park have more amenities but cost a lot more too. There is lots to do there. Free buses around the park and into Bar Harbor and all the campgrounds too. We usually stay at Hadley's Point Campground just outside Bar Harbor.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:27 PM   #7
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Link to the Kanc. www.kancamagushighway.com/
And winni www.winnipesaukee.com

Avoid leaf peeping season unless you like traffic. The presidential range and Mt. Washington auto road, summit, is great.

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When you get the Albany area , take route 7 than 9 across Vermont and NH than north to rt 2 across maine , much longer , but if you want to see New England, I95 aint it.
on a side note......
Ramets, is there an open campground in Bucksport now??
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Old 03-15-2015, 01:39 PM   #9
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Rt 3 going east in NY will take you through the Adirondacks to Plattsburgh, NY. A pretty drive. There is a ferry that can take you across Lake Champlain to Burlington or you can go north and go over a bridge (maybe Rouses Point?). Rt 2 will take you from Burlington, VT thru New Hampshire and all the way to Bangor, ME where Rt 1 goes to Acadia NP. It's all a 2 lane scenic drive. We did it towing a 5th wheel trailer a few years back. If you go north in Maine to Nova Scotia I'd take rt 9 (called The Airline by natives, for whatever reason) over the traffic on rt 1. We thought Prince Edward Island was much nicer than Nova Scotia. There's a bridge that goes there now.
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Go to Moncton in NB. Visit Hopewell Rock, great tidal change. Then take the bridge over to Prince Edward Island. Then take the ferry back to Nova Scotia, costs a little more than double the cost of the bridge but puts you in a nice spot in Nova Scotia for the Cabot trail. Make sure while in Nova Scotia that you go to Peggy's Cove near Halifax. Beautiful place. A lot more to see in Nova Scotia than PEI. PEI more flat land and lots of corn!!
Now when you go to Bar Harbor, we stayed at the KOA just as you get on the island. Pricey but you can catch the bus, FREE to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Parking in downtown Bar Harbor is hard to get unless you go early. When staying at the KOA get a blueberry pie from the Pie lady. She and her husband sell them out of the back of her minivan.
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If you find yourself in the Lake Champlain area of Vermont and just need to be away from crowds and traffic for a while, consider visiting Grand Isle. Lake Champlain Adult Campground has FHU, small, quiet, beautifully landscaped and a mile or so from the Plattsburgh, NY ferry. The campground is right on the lake and you can sit at your site and watch the ferries come and go and the sunsets are beautiful. Not far is Grand Isle State Park, cheaper, but not on the lake. The surrounding area is Vermont farmlands, a nice winery and a few gift shops. The roads are quiet if you are into biking. St. Anne's Shrine is also in the area and is extremely beautiful with gardens and the lake. When we arrived on a warm Sunday morning, mass was in session outside and the congregation was singing. It was such a memorable moment.

As far as Maine, Kennebunkport, Camden and Boothbay are all touristy, with narrow streets, lovely shops, great restaurants and water views around every corner. We enjoyed them all. There will be crowds. We stayed at Shores Hill CG in Boothbay. They will shuttle you right to the center of Boothbay for $2. Well worth it, a direct run about 3 miles and you won't have to look for a place to park. Bar Harbor and Acadia is a must see. Enjoy!
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We like a centrally-located RV park and drive the towed around Maine. We stay at Pumpkin Patch RV park in Hermon, ME. just outside Bangor.
As for traveling Nova Scotia, as previously advised, PHONE FIRST! Everything is busy in the Maritimes during fall.
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Originally Posted by b.w.duddy View Post
When you get the Albany area , take route 7 than 9 across Vermont and NH than north to rt 2 across maine , much longer , but if you want to see New England, I95 aint it.
on a side note......
Ramets, is there an open campground in Bucksport now??
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great info! If we have the time would love to visit Canada NB or NS especially Bay of Fundy with the tidal changes. Was going to start heading south beginning/middle of Sep, but may just hang around till early Oct, just have to be down to Jacksonville by mid Dec.

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