Schoodic & DownEast
Spanning the area from the Schoodic Scenic Byway, the Blackwoods Scenic Byway all the way up to Jonesboro near Machias Bay, the Schoodic & DownEast region covers a lot of territory and terrains, from dramatic coastlines, to acres and acres of blueberry barrens to remote woodlands and lakes, all with a deep historic backdrop.
Schoodic Point, a much less traveled part of Acadia National Park, offers a solitude rarely attainable elsewhere. Always it boasts spectacular scenery and the best surf crashing into rocks to be seen anywhere on stormy days. The interplay of land and sea and sunlight has inspired generations of poets, writers, and painters.
There are a number of festivals and events in this part of the region including a Lobster Festival in Winter Harbor every August that includes a parade and live entertainment. The Arts thrive throughout the region year-round including a two week long festival each summer and concerts at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock as well as local town festivals and concerts.
Inland there are large tracts of public reserve land around Donnell Pond and Tunk Lake, for example and sport hiking trails to rival those found anywhere in the state. The deep, pure waters of these lakes makes for ideal canoeing with tiny islands and broad gravel beaches offering no shortage of landing spots for picnics or camping. Deep down, where water temperatures hover near 40 degrees year-round, lake trout and salmon lurk. You might also like to explore along the Down East Sunrise Trail, an 85 mile multi-use trail that runs through the area.