A Quick Look at
Acadia National Park

Located on the Atlantic coastline of Maine, Acadia National Park is one of the smaller national parks in the U.S. yet it receives more visitors than the majority of well known parks like Yosemite or Grand Canyon. And, for good reason. It's famous for its fall foliage, 27-mile road along its rugged coastline, beautiful hiking trails, forests, lakes, ponds and Sand Beach where you can take a swim in the ocean.

Acadia is the park entirely funded by private donations. Believing in the importance of the area as a National treasure, John D. Rockefeller purchased and donated 11,000 acres of land to house the park. He also planned and financed the construction of 50 miles of carriage trails to make certain vehicles would not destroy the natural beauty of the land.

Acadia National Park:
Three Parks in One

Acadia consist of three individual park units;  The most well known section, called Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor, the Schoodic Peninsula Unit a dozen miles to the east and
Isle au Haut - a remote island that's a 40-minute Ferry ride away.

Things to Do At
Acadia National Park

If you're an earlier riser, check out sunrise from atop the 1,500' Cadillac Mountain in Mount Desert Island. It's one of the most popular activities in the park. why? Because of its height and coastal location it's the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise each day
Sunrise at Cadallic Mountain
Sunrise From Cadillac Mountain
Another popular activity is driving along the scenic 27-mile Park Loop Road around Mount Desert. The road takes you past the parks' lakes, mountains and coastal shoreline. The road also provides access to many of the
Acadia National Park's 125 miles of hiking trails.
Park Loop Road in Fall
View Along Park Loop Road

The Schoodic Pennisula is the only section of the park located on the mainland and it's a great place to avoid crowds. It's rock filled coastline offers dramatic views and breathtaking crashing waves along the coastline. Likewise, the 6-mile one-way loop road around the peninsula offers views of lighthouses, forests, tree filled islands, seabirds and the ocean. It's also home to six easy to moderate trails to explore.
Park Loop Road in Fall
A View Along the Schoodic Pennisula

Few people realize that the park also has a third section. It's an island that sits 27-miles off the coastline. Called Isle Au Haut half the island forms the national park while the other half is home to roughly 30 full time residents. The island has over 20 miles of hiking trails along with numerous rugged coastlines with cliffs, coves and rocky beaches. The island is accessed via a 40-minute boat ride on a passenger ferry from Stonington, Maine.

Park Loop Road in Fall
A Quiet Cove at Isla Au Haut

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Fine Art Photos in the Photo Gallery

Rick Braveheart Native American Landscape Photographer