Places in Down East
Deer Isle & Stonnington
Traveling south along ME 15, the forest opens up to reveal tranquil harbors framed against hilly islands off in the distance. This is Deer Isle, actually a collection of islands joined by causeways and connected to the mainland by a picturesque suspension bridge near Sargentville. Sights are few but the area is worth it for the gorgeous views.
Isle au Haut
Much of Isle au Haut, a rocky island 6 miles long, is under the auspices of Acadia National Park. More remote than the parklands near Bar Harbor, it is not flooded with visitors in summer. Serious hikers can tramp the island's miles of trails and camp for the night in the Duck Harbor Campground, which has five shelters maintained by the National Park Service (NPS).
Tips and articles
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