>> Monday, July 26, 2010
I am not particularly gifted with the ability to sit still, so we spent a lot of our vacation away from our campground, exploring other parks, hiking, poking around nearby villages, and driving to explore the coastline. However, I don't want to give short shrift to the amazing Cobscook Bay State Park where we camped.
The pictures of the campground on the Maine State Parks website were very appealing, and the description of nicely secluded camp sites even more attractive. Downeast Maine in general, and Cobscook Bay State Park particularly, certainly didn't let us down. It's worth every minute of the 10+ hour drive to get there. Cobscook Bay is two hours north of Acadia, over rough roads and through some towns so remote they are numbered rather than named. Once you get there, though, it's a wonderful area, with some very nice picturesque towns near enough for easy access to supplies, including a very good grocery store and some other nice amenities in the college town of Machias.
Possibly the best feature? Extremely limited blackberry/cell phone service. Work would just have to make do without us for a week. :)
Our favorite site at the Park is actually a non-reservable site. First come, first served. So we reserved another site and crossed our fingers that we'd get there at just the right time, which we did. We were on the same site last year, and it has about 1/8 mile walk in from the car over a bridge and rugged trail.
You can't see other sites from it, which makes me ridiculously happy. It also keeps our annoying dogs from barking at the neighbors. Speaking of our annoying dogs, clearly they just hate camping:
My husband gets credit for this great sunset shot:
There are a few trails through the woods,
one of which leads to a nice scenic overlook.