Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Today we once again entered the forest of Acadia National Park, not in a quest of an abandoned or lost trail but to simply see what nature would offer us, and nature did not disappoint.

Over the years I have followed this same stream and never saw the views it offered up today.  In part that is because we always followed this stream moving along its right bank, today we moved along its left bank and for the first time saw views that were hidden from the other side.
And as we made our way along the stream the views only kept getting that much better, views that you won't come across from the comfort of your car or biking a carriage road, nor hiking an established hiking trail for that matter.  Some of the most beautiful places in the park lie like diamonds in the rough and to find them you have to have a sense of adventure and go off trail to locate them.

The waters from the mountain spill down the mountainside into this quiet pool of water, I think on a hot summer day I might just return here to take a dip in the cool shade of the surrounding tree's.

So the above photo is a built up wall that you come to shortly after entering the woods to follow the stream uphill.  In the past we have come here and sat while listening to the singing stream rush past as it moves downhill and passes beneath the Park Loop Road.  So exactly where do you find this stream with its many cascades and waterfalls?

Bubble Pond - Waterfall - Acadia National Park

It's the same direction  as for the Green Mountain Railroad trail pretty much.  Drive along the park loop road in the direction of Bubble pond and Jordan Pond.  Once you come to the Cadillac Summit road keep driving past it and continue on past the first pull over on the right.  Stop at the second pull over and park.  Now walk back up the road back in the direction you just came for a short ways, to where a fast moving stream passes through the woods and under the roadway.  You will want to enter the woods on the left hand side of the stream, as some of the best views can't be seen from the other side.
To reach the area with the nice pool of water and the waterfall you do not need to go intoo far, as you can at see the road from the falls.. 

So anyways, just to do an update - me and my son returned back to the singing waterfall, since we had a pretty good rain the day before.  As we approached the area where the stream crosses under the roadway we noticed a car parked in the pull over and I commented that it looks like someone is tracking down a trail.
We entered the woods along the side of the stream and the stream did not disappoint, in many areas it was pure white water, much more than when we walked it a few days back.  The rains certainly gave new life to an old stream.  And the waterfall area was something else - I shot a number of videos while there.

We made our way back out to the road and as we stepped out of the woods, someone down below from us also stepped out of the woods.  As it turned out it was Matt from Leave The World Below - we finally got to meet in person.  I mean, what are the odds that we would both be in the same area of the park and both step out of the woods at about the same time.....
After talking a bit me and my son moved on down into the woods in an attempt to retrace the way Matt had taken when he nailed some killer shots of the lower section of this stream.  I am not sure what we did wrong, but I think we missed some of the better photos this stream had to offer on the lower end.
We had gotten not far down the banking when we decided to cross over to the other side of the stream, which further down branches off into two or three directions - I guess we just choice the wrong side to follow, but I was able to get some nice videos.




At June 23, 2016 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Matthew Marchon said...

When the day comes that you find a place on an old map you can't physically get to, let me know. We'll strap a GoPro onto my head and I'll go there for you my friend. You're the reason I started doing this in the first place so I owe you one anyway. Keep up your incredible research.

At June 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

Thanks, I will keep that in mind. I am going to see a foot specialist soon to see if there is anything they can do for my foot problem, it drives me crazy not to be able to cover the ground I use to.


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