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Old 06-20-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Preferred Route: White Mountains to Acadia

We are going to be part of a caravan of trailers that will be traveling from Twin Mountain, NH to Acadia, ME in early August. We are looking for recommendations as to the best route that will minimize mountain climbs and perhaps visit a couple of interesting POIs along the way. We are not planning on an overnight, as we have reservations set for Hadley's the day we leave Twin Mountain. Also, any ideas as to how long it will take and fuel stations along the way?
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:57 AM   #2
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We traveled from Gorham, NH to Acadia NP at the end of August last year and chose a route gotten from Google Maps and Allstays. It took us almost 7-hours in a rented Class C and, with all the traffic on the backroads, there was little time for stops. Are you sure your caravan really wants to get there without an overnight stop?

Here's the route we took:
  • Gorham, NH on Rt. 2 to Rt. 26 in Bethel, ME
  • Rt. 26 to Rt. 219 in W. Paris
  • Rt. 219 to Rt. 133
  • Rt. 133 to Rt. 202
  • Rt. 202 to I-95
  • I-95 to I-395 in Bangor
  • I-395 to Rt. 1a
  • Rt. 1a to Acadia NP

To get to Gorham on Rt. 2 from Twin Mountain:
  • Take Rt. 3 North to Rt. 115 in Carroll, NH
  • Rt. 115 to Rt. 2 East

Considerations:
- This is quite a long journey on many winding 2-lane back roads. There are opportunities for fuel stops...but most of the stations are not designed with multiple RVs in mind.
- August is an extremely busy season on the roads of NH and ME; you will encounter slow traffic. Did I mention that the traffic will be slow?
- Your caravan will add to that slow traffic and there will be very few places for all of you to stop together until you hit I-95 in ME.
- The White Mountains block any direct route to interstates heading northeast; your two choices are to go around them by Rt. 2 to the north or Rt. 302 to the south (through Fryeburg, ME). Note that the White Mountain Tunnel is still under construction.

You might want to consider going south around the Whites (via Fryeburg) and head toward Sebago Lake (~3.5-hours) for a quick overnight. Then you can pop onto I-95 in the morning and get to Acadia after only a 4-hour drive on a few back roads, but mostly I-95.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
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RT. 302 North Conway, NH to Fryburg,ME

Minor Road Construction & bridge building/replacing some using Traffic Signals to control flow of traffic. Some very narrow travel lanes in this section of road!
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for your advice. Our group reconsidered and found a campground about halfway along our route in Leeds, ME called Androscoggin Lake Campground. I believe that this is their inaugural season. Anyone ever heard of them?
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Thanks for your advice. Our group reconsidered and found a campground about halfway along our route in Leeds, ME called Androscoggin Lake Campground. I believe that this is their inaugural season. Anyone ever heard of them?
Just went to their website. Looks like a good stop...BUT...if you are getting to Lake Shore Drive via Rt. 106 traveling north, be aware that there is a 14' 1" low-clearance truss bridge (unforgiving steel!) over the Androscoggin River just before the right-hand turnoff onto Lake Shore Drive.



Don't know if any caravan members may be concerned about this!

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Yeah! That would DEFINATELY be a consideration. Except I think we'll be okay because we're coming Rt 219 East and making a right onto the northern end of Lake Shore Drive.
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Yeah! That would DEFINATELY be a consideration. Except I think we'll be okay because we're coming Rt 219 East and making a right onto the northern end of Lake Shore Drive.
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Thanks for your help, Theo.
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Thanks for your help, Theo.
No problem! Glad to be of help.

Let us know how the Androscoggin Lake Campground pans out. They look to have a wonderful location, modern but forested sites and (best of all) rates under $50.

We might try staying there instead of Freeport on our next journey from western MA to BH.

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Will do, Theo. Thanks again.
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No problem! Glad to be of help.

Let us know how the Androscoggin Lake Campground pans out. They look to have a wonderful location, modern but forested sites and (best of all) rates under $50.

We might try staying there instead of Freeport on our next journey from western MA to BH.

Well, I can tell you we had a pleasant experience at Androscoggin! Mike, the owner, was very accommodating to our party of nine. We even got him to take us for a 90-minute boat ride on his tri-hull on this large beautiful lake! Disclaimer: He's trying to promote the place and we told him that we would give him a good review. All sites have 50 amp service, water and sewer. The area is very sandy, so a camping mat is a must. The only negatives are that the lake is across the street and a bit of a hike from the campground. The other is that since the sites are quite wooded, the area is very buggy.

As for the bridge mentioned earlier in this thread, we were able to avoid it, but it won't be a problem anyway unless your rig is higher than 14.5'.
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Thanks for the report! I'm going to add this to the Maine stopover list.
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