Searching for fall foliage in Acadia?


If you want to discover examples of fall foliage colors in a pretty Acadia location, look no further than the path that runs alongside the Jordan Pond Stream. Starting out behind the Jordan Pond House restaurant, find the stepped trail entering the woods leading down to where the carriage road meets up with the stream (walk out of the public bathrooms in the rear, and you will be directly facing the trail). Cross the bridge and make a left turn to follow the stream downhill and you will be treated to not only the soothing sound of running water, but also the wide array of foliage colors typically associated with a classic New England fall season.

After about a quarter of a mile walking on the carriage path, you will come to a second bridge that crosses the stream again… do not actually cross this bridge, but instead look to step off the carriage road and stay to the right of the stream… there is a rough but discernible trail running all along the right side of the stream.

Within about a mile, you will reach the picturesque and famous Cobblestone Bridge, built in 1917 by John D. Rockerfeller. As you navigate the rustic trail and follow the many twists and turns of the stream as it eagerly cascades over big and small slabs of granite on it’s way toward the ocean, you will see every fall color imaginable, and even though you are never that far from civilization, you will certainly feel as though you are deep, deep within the forest.


14 thoughts on “Searching for fall foliage in Acadia?

  1. Barbara Greenstone

    Beautiful pictures, David. One year Paul and I decided to spend Columbus Day in Bar Harbor and we hiked up Beech Cliffs to the fire tower. It was the most spectacular fall foliage I can remember.

    • David Patterson

      Barbara… the cliffs on Beech Mountain have been high on my list of places to see during the fall foliage season. Stay tuned… 🙂

  2. These are just so beautiful! Love the way you blurred the water while keeping everything else in sharp focus. Don’t know what it’s called but that technique looks so magical! ~Lili

    • David Patterson

      Lili… thanks. On an overcast day like this there really isn’t that much light available, so in order to get a properly exposed photograph with decent depth of field, a longer shutter speed of maybe half a second needs to be used. In that half a second while the shutter is open, the water moves through the frame… hence the appearance of movement is captured in a still image! Of course a sturdy tripod is necessary to keep the camera steady for that half a second to avoid generally blurry photographs, and when you start experimenting with the length of time that the shutter is open, all sorts of creative opportunities become available.

        • David Patterson

          Lili… you are welcome. Getting off the “auto” mode can unleash all sorts of creative possibilities. WIll look forward to seeing the results!

  3. LOVE your second image here. Fall in western NC is just not doing it for me this year, I think I’m going to begin looking for other places to travel to next year…maybe I’ll head north!

    • David Patterson

      Peyton… thanks. To be honest the colors overall have been somewhat disappointing here this year too. You really have to look hard for some intense colors, though along this little stream I definitely lucked out. Let me know when you are coming north… 🙂

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