Made up of flourishing forests and thriving wetlands, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge is a dazzling sanctuary found in both New Hampshire and Maine. Because the majority of the refuge includes lands surrounding Lake Umbagog and the Magalloway River, the best access to the refuge is by boat or kayak. Boating or paddling will allow you to explore or paddle through the marshes and waterways. Enjoy great fishing and beauty with the opportunity to see bear, moose, deer, eagles, loons and so much more. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the fall, the leaf display in the northern woods of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine is simply breathtaking. The forest is made up of maple, aspen, birch, spruce and fir trees. The refuge is named for Moosehorn stream, a waterway within its boundaries. Black bears are often spotted foraging under apple trees in the fall. White-tailed deer and moose feed in the clearings. Coyotes, snowshoe hares, beaver and river otters may be seen when you explore some of the 50 miles of available trails. Photo by Keith Ramos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
There are so many reasons to love Acadia National Park in Maine: sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, crashing waves at Thunder Hole, hiking up the Beehive, the night sky over Sandy Beach and learning about its impact on American art. But for many people, Acadia brings to mind fall color. The transition of leaves to red, orange and yellow is an astonishing sight to behold. From forested trails to towering overlooks, the autumn beauty of this park can not be denied. Photo from October, 2018 by Michael Rickard (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Let’s start off the week with a beautiful sunrise from Acadia National Park in Maine. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park, it is also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. That means for half the year, this is the first place in the Continental U.S. to see the sunrise each day. That fact, along with its rugged beauty, make Cadillac Mountain a very popular destination. During the busy months, parking lots can fill up, so if you want to see this impressive sight, please plan ahead. Photo by Kristopher Schoenleber (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy birthday to the Appalachian Trail! The incredible 2,192 mile-long footpath was completed on August 14, 1937. Anywhere from 2 to 3 million people hike a portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail each year. One of the lauded romantic journeys of our time, only about 20,000 people have thru-hiked the winding trail from Georgia to Maine. Whether you’re taking 5 or 6 months to traverse the whole thing or an afternoon hike to enjoy the charm and the scenery, The A.T. is a treasure that will not disappoint. Photo by Traci Thornton (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Acadia National Park in Maine has many claims to fame. It was the first national park east of the Mississippi. Generations of artists have immortalized its mountains, forests and rocky coastline. Over 3 million people visited last year. And of course, Acadia is the first place the see the sunrise in the continental United States. That’s a lot to be proud of! Photo courtesy of J.K. Putnam.
In the mid-1800s, artists and painters of the Hudson River School flocked to Mount Desert Island in Maine to capture its natural beauty with their brushstrokes – inspiring patrons and friends to explore the area. As more people came to savor the fresh salt air, beautiful scenery and relaxed pace, the fame and popularity of this gorgeous coastline grew. After years of preservation efforts, this lovely landscape became Acadia National Park in 1929. Photo by Ritesh Tandon (www.sharetheexperience.org).
With stellar views of sunrise, sunset and night sky, Acadia National Park in Maine is always welcoming. In the winter, visitors can ski, snowshoe, ride snowmobiles, camp, hike, ice fish and enjoy the park’s scenic views dressed in their snowy finery. Don’t forget to take a winter picture of sunset at Bass Harbor Head Light, an iconic Acadia experience. Photo by Kevin Davis (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The ocean mist floats on a breeze smelling of pine and birch. The sunset sparkles across the water as waves crash over the rocky shoreline. The views at Acadia National Park in Maine have inspired artists and dreamers for generations. Isn’t it time for you to see it for yourself? Photo by Nick Stasilli (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Fall colors are popping up at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. This eastern Maine wildlife refuge is the perfect place to take in autumn’s bright reds, oranges and yellows. Where is your favorite place for fall colors? Photos by Keith Ramos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.