Will and Jim Pattiz of More Than Just Parks describe Acadia National Park as being one of the top five national parks for fall foliage.
Because it overlaps with the town of Bar Harbor, and 90 percent of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia has an extremely unique atmosphere compared to many national parks. You’ll often see artists in the park working on watercolor paintings because the fall colors are so striking. As far as wildlife goes, Acadia offers sightings of bald eagles, moose, beavers, and a “lobster palooza,” as Will puts it.
Although the pair spent several weeks in the park, their favorite moment came when they hiked up to an overlook called “The Bowl.” It’s a steep hike that extends from Park Loop Road, but it offers one of the only aerial views of the park. When they reached the top, they could see all of the beaver-sculpted ponds below, the ocean and the entire coastline, and the vibrant fall foliage stretching for miles. It was one of the most beautiful views they had ever seen.
This film is the culmination of their time along the rocky coastline of Acadia National Park, watching the sun rise and set on the beautiful displays of fall foliage. They hope it inspires viewers to visit and take part in the preservation of our national parks.
The U.S. National Parks System covers just about every type of landscape. From the desert of Death Valley to the mountains of the Rockies, the volcanic areas of Hawaii to the swampy Everglades to the caves of Kentucky — there truly is a park for everyone.
Though some argue that certain months are ideal for national park visits (September and October are oft-quoted as the “best”), visit whenever you can. These protected areas should be experienced, preserved, and respected whenever, and as often as, possible.
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