Play the Coast: Acadia National Park, Maine

Travel to these destinations for tons of open space—and it's all yours

Apr 4, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Otter Cliffs, Acadia National Park, Maine.    Photo: Marc Muench

The Maine coast is an ideal place to get around by boat or paddle. But the hiking and biking are just as epic. Get your fill as you ride, sail, and sea-kayak your way through some of Maine’s 4,600 rocky, spruce-crowned islands in solitude. Summer Feet weeklong, Cycling’s 185-mile journey ($2,795) starts with a moderate 54-mile road ride from Clark’s Island to Camden along Birch Point State Park’s rocky coast. Rest your legs the next day as you cross Penobscot Bay on a 57-foot, cedar-and-white-oak schooner while hoisting sails and feasting on crab cakes.

In the morning, cycle 16 miles to Blue Hill Bay, where you’ll grab a kayak for a 12-mile island-hop past dolphins and seals to Acadia. From there embark on an 11-mile traverse through maple and pine forests, past waterfalls, and over multiple peaks until you reach the oceanfront hot tubs of Bar Harbor’s Harborside Hotel. Cap the trip off with an ascent of 1,532-foot Cadillac Mountain, after which you won’t feel bad tucking into lobster for the sixth night in a row.