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Old 06-06-2005, 10:07 AM   #1
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We will be traveling from Hershey, Pa to Acadia National Park. Need a place to overnight going each way and am looking for recomendations.

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Old 06-06-2005, 10:07 AM   #2
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We will be traveling from Hershey, Pa to Acadia National Park. Need a place to overnight going each way and am looking for recomendations.

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Old 06-06-2005, 06:10 PM   #3
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From Hershey, you could go north to get on I-78 and from there take I-81 north to I-380 and I-84 east. Follow I-84 east to Sturbridge, MA. This routing misses the New York City area and associated traffic.

There are a number of private campgrounds and Wells State Park in the Sturbridge, MA area. I would estimate this to be the approximate half-way point between Hershey, PA and Acadia National Park, ME.

Here's a link to a list of private campgrounds as provided by the Massachusetts Association of Campground Owners:

Sturbridge Region Private Campgrounds

Here's a link to information on Wells State Park:

Wells State Park

From Sturbridge, take the Massachusetts Turnpike to the Boston area and on to Maine from there. I haven't been up that way for many years so maybe someone else can give you the best routing around the Boston area.
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Old 06-08-2005, 07:17 AM   #4
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Take a look at Little Ponderosa Campground in Boothbay Harbour, ME. You may not ever want to leave .....

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Old 06-11-2005, 03:25 PM   #5
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If you are looking for an inexpensive place to stay for a night or two on the ocean, try Salisbury Beach State Reservation. It is on Massachusetts/New Hampshire boarder in Salisbury, MA. It is only a few miles from 495 and 95. It is not a 5 star, but you can't beat the beach or the price. There are some great, picnic setting, come as you are, seafood restaurants a few miles north in New Hampshire.


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Old 06-22-2005, 07:21 AM   #6
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A word of caution on Salisbury CG.Hopefully things have changed but we camped there several years ago and this turned out to be the CG from **** (noisy, coolers stolen, dirty washrooms,etc). As I said before things may have changed but we ended up staying at Adams CG in Seabrook NH (5 minutes north of Salisbury) and returned there for 3 years. Adams is a family CG and much better envirinment.
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Old 06-27-2005, 07:54 AM   #7
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A couple of years ago on our trip to Maine from Florida in June, we stayed in the Rusnik Campground in Salisbury, MA. It was a very clean and nice campground. Stayed there for 3 or 4 days while taking day trips in that area....Salem, Glouster, Boston, etc. Ate a lot of lobster around there too. Only a few miles to the NH state line and we found a couple of good lobster restraunts.

When we left the Bar Harbour/Acadia area, we went on North on US 1 up to Lubec, ME and I found that to be one of the best parts of our trip. I really enjoyed getting up into the 'real' Maine and away from so much commercialism like Bar Harbour, Freeport, Kennebunkport, etc. We really enjoyed all those places but up in Lubec, we stayed at Sunrise Point CG on a waterfront site with 22' tides right behind us 2x per day. Amazing!!!!

Hope you have a great trip and will give a report when you return. We hope to return in a couple of years when my wife gets totally retired and spend the late summmer and fall up there. Stay till the first snow and then boogie on back South.
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Old 06-28-2005, 06:45 PM   #8
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Hello USA2SEA,
We live year round overlooking Cadillac Mountain in Acadia Natl Park, and have camped the island, and Maine for the past 20+ years.
You will love the park, and Bar Harbor. There are many campgrounds on the island, some are quite pricy (up to $70.00), others are reasonable.
If you are coming through Portland I would suggest Wasamki Springs.
You can get to Bar Harbor (natives say Baaa Habaaaa) from Portland in 3 hours.
Prior to crossing the bridge between Trenton and Bar Harbor there is a campground named Narrows Two that has reasonable rates, and is directly on the salt water, with a shuttle bus that comes into the campground and will take you in town. They have FREE propane powered buses that go around the park, and island. There is also shopping for anything you want in Ellsworth, Supermarkets, Wal-Mart, Ford dealer etc.
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Post them and I will reply.
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