A Guide to the 7 Best Foliage Photo Spots in Bar Harbor
When visiting us this fall, don’t miss out on the perfect photo op. Let’s face it, it’s not all about the photo but it’s always a good token to have after a trip, especially during New England’s foliage season. Here are some ideas for the perfect Instagram photo or one you’ll want to mount on your wall.
Frenchman Bay: Right next to downtown Bar Harbor lies Frenchman Bay. One of the best ways to view the foliage is from the ocean. Paddle along Mount Desert Island's coastline with friends to enjoy the fiery colors that line the steep, granite cliffs. Don't forget your waterproof camera case! Kayaks can be rented in town.
Above the trees: Hop aboard a closed-cockpit aircraft or open-cockpit biplane to soar above the foliage colors in Acadia National Park and the lighthouses surrounding Mount Desert Island. Seriously, what could be more breathtaking than seeing it all from above?
The carriage roads: Pedal your way around the carriage roads that weave through the valleys of Acadia National Park. The 45 miles of carriage roads are car free and feature constant foliage views and iconic stone bridges. Bikes are available to rent right on the island.
On top of a mountain: Hike to the summit of North Bubble, a moderate 2.6-mile loop, to enjoy the fall foliage that surrounds Jordan Pond and Eagle Lake in Acadia.
On the run: Snap a photo as you run in Cadillac Mountain's shadow and through quaint coastal villages before running along Somes Sound, a fjard on the Atlantic Coast, during the MDI Marathon on October 14. If you’re not taking part in the race, cheer on the runners and enjoy the beautiful foliage views.
Great Head Trail: This 1.7-mile loop is a moderate, family-friendly walk and features scenic views of Beehive, Sand Beach, and the amazing pink granite cliffs.
The Beehive Trail: For those looking for serious adventure while leaf peeping, hike the Beehive Trail, complete with an exposed iron-rung climb. The 1.9-mile advanced loop overlooks Sand Beach, Great Head and beyond.
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Peak foliage in the Bar Harbor region is typically from mid-September into the first two weeks of October. Check out Maine's official fall foliage website to keep up to date on the status of the turning leaves. There is still time to plan a last-minute fall getaway to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Several local inns, hotels, and B&Bs offer fall packages and specials.