Day 3 in Acadia National Park we headed back to the Park Loop Road for some more hiking. We left the campground around 9 am and stopped at Town Hill Market to pick up wraps and sandwiches for a picnic lunch for later in the day. Then we hopped on the Park Loop Road and parked at Sand Beach. From the parking lot we crossed over the Park Loop Road and got on the trail head for the Beehive & Bowl Trails. From there we followed the Gorham Mountain Trail. The views were outstanding. We really enjoyed this hike. The dogs really enjoyed taking a break at the top of the mountain and cooling off under a bush while we enjoyed the views.
We continued down Gorham Mountain Trail and picked up the path on Ocean Drive. This is a nice level path that we took back to our truck at Sand Beach. We did stop a few times on the way back. We couldn't resist another stop at Thunder Hole.
When we got back to the truck we devoured our lunches. That hike was intense and we needed to fuel ourselves back up!!! So much for the picnic lunch. Instead we parked the truck by Hunters Beach and enjoyed the air conditioning in the truck to cool us down. But I can't complain about the views.
We headed over to the quieter side of the park and we stopped at Echo Lake for a swim. My jaw dropped when I saw the huge mountain cliffs along side the lake. It was magnificent! I however didn't get a picture!!!! My husband snapped a quick picture of the boys while I took the dogs for a little walk. SIDE NOTE: dogs are not allowed on Sand Beach or Echo Lake. When I handed off the dogs to my husband to take back to the car I enjoyed relaxing on the beach and watching the boys swim. It was so pretty and I can't believe the only picture we have is from my husbands cell phone! I must go back and get better pictures next time!
After the lake we drove to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. I didn't have high expectations for this stop. I knew everyone was pretty exhausted at this point, but the boys LOVED it at Bass Harbor. They loved climbing on all the rocks. I think it was a nice break from hiking, but they still had the fun of climbing on huge rocks! I loved hearing the bell of the buoys out in the water and watching the sailboats go by. I really was a great spot to sit back and relax and take in the beauty of the island.
I am so glad we stopped here. They boys later in the trip on the way back home noticed a map at the rest stop and saw the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse picture on the cover and they were so excited that they knew that place! It is very iconic and I'm glad we went.
We headed back to the Bar Harbor Oceanside KOA after that and enjoyed a relaxing night at the campground with a campfire and beautiful sunset.