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My wife and I have the opportunity to tent camp at Blackwoods in late August or in early October. While we have spent time in Maine, this will be our first trip to Acadia. We are weighing the trade-off between warmer weather in August vs. smaller crowds in October. Any recommendations on the timing?

Thanks

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Take the first week in October. The fall foliage will be close to peak color. The days will be in the 60s or 70s. The nights will be low 50s, high 40s -- good snuggling in a sleeping bag weather!

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The crowds are never so bad here that they keep you from doing any of the things you want to do. That being said, it depends on what you're interested in doing while you are here. If you want to get out on the water, come in August. If you plan to hike and bike the entire time, the leaves will be nicer in October. You probably won't even notice a difference in the park in terms of crowds. Once you get out on the carriage roads or hiking trails, you won't be with a bunch of people. If you really want to be alone, that can be managed even in August if you pick the right trails and places to enjoy the view. Remember that early October is prime foliage viewing time so there will still be people in Bar Harbor - meaning you may still need to make a reservation by 2pm for dinner.

You may find August more crowded in terms of driving in the downtown Bar Harbor area. Parking is almost always available at the South end of Main Street. I wouldn't even bother driving my car all the way in. Park on Main Street somewhere near the YMCA on Park Street and walk down into town. Parking is hard to find at the north end of town.

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its not really the crowds that will be different but the level of ranger lead hikes and programs that will be offered in oct vs aug. also keep in mind sun rise is at a more reasable time in oct if want to try catching the first light.

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Thank you for each of your responses. They are helpful. We need to be in New England both times, and we were thinking about going up to Quebec on one of the trips and Acadia on the other. We plan to hike and bike in Acadia.

Thanks again.

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