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
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.
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.
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.
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
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