In order to visit Boston and the surrounding area we couldn’t get much closer than Littleton, MA. We parked at the Boston Minuteman Campground which is located close to Concord and the Minute Man National Historical Park. More about that later.
Hampton Falls is in the extreme southeastern portion of New Hampshire, that part of the state that you pass through if you are driving from southern Maine heading towards Massachusetts. While here we parked at the Wakeda Campground located between Hampton Falls and Exeter. We were there during their “Christmas in July Event”.
From Acadia National Park, we moved further south along the Maine coast to park at the Blueberry Pond Campground near Freeport, ME. Established in 1789, Freeport is a town that has transformed itself into an outlet shopping village. I think it all started with L.L. Bean since this is where this retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment got its start. Now there is a vast selection of outlet stores, some of which occupy original vintage buildings.
Acadia National Park recently celebrated its 100th anniversary which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service. A substantial portion of the parkland was gifted by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. much as he did to help establish Grand Teton National Park.
Gorham is in eastern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, close to Mount Washington. Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet is one of the highest points in the eastern United States. Unfortunately, during our two days here it was rainy and overcast with low clouds, making Mount Washington invisible.
We took a loop drive through the White Mountains National Forest, driving south as far as the village of North Conway which is a year round resort destination. They get some of their largest crowds when people come to view the autumn colors. On the way back north we stopped off to hike to Glen Ellis Falls, a very picturesque 65 foot high waterfall.
Next stop: Trenton, Maine (Acadia National Park)