- Website link: Acadia National Park
- Cost: $30.00 per private vehicle for a 7-day pass
- Biking, hiking, bird watching, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, swimming
- Winter activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling
- Campgrounds available in the park and outside the park. Make reservations early!
- Picnic areas are located throughout the park
- Jordan Pond House Restaurant is the only restaurant located in the park. Other restaurants are located in surrounding communities.
- Hotels available in surrounding communities
- Free park shuttles
- When to go: any time
Cadillac Mountain Summit – a very popular place to watch the sun come up. On our first afternoon at Acadia, the skies were partly cloudy, but, luckily, we could see the views of the surrounding islands and the Atlantic as we walked the summit trail. We were there on a Sunday. The summit was crowded and parking was limited, however, we got a parking place after just a few minutes of waiting. And, it was definitely worth the wait!
Wild Gardens of Acadia. This feature of the park enabled us to take a peaceful stroll through the gardens where we familiarized ourselves with some of the plants that grow on Mount Desert Island. Next to the gardens is Sieur de Monts Spring, which some believe is the birthplace of Acadia National Park. George Dorr, who was instrumental in the establishment of Acadia as a national park, built the spring house over the spring in 1909.
Sand Beach. The only beach in Acadia. This is a very popular place during warmer weather, though, the water is cold!
Thunder Hole. During high tide, the waves crash into a hole in the rocks and it makes a loud sound like thunder.
Jordan Pond Path. This is a 3.5 mile trail around Jordan Pond. Part of the path is on raised boards, part of the path is on flat ground, and part is over rocks. Most of the trail is easy, however, and the scenery is beautiful. We took off early in the morning, and saw no other people for at least the first 90 minutes. What a great hike! We had intended to have brunch at Jordan Pond House, but we finished before they opened.
Other Acadia Highlights…
Bass Harbor Head Light. First built in 1858, the light station has gone through several improvements and changes over the years. The light, operated by the US Coast Guard, is now automated, and the keepers house is no longer used.
Wonderland Trail. Not far from Bass Harbor Head Light, this is a relaxing, family friendly hike through the woods to the Mount Desert Island coastline and tide pools. 1.5 miles round trip.
We loved our time in Acadia National Park. But, as happens with every park we visit, we wish we could have spent more time there. Acadia has mountains, shorelines, crashing waves, a beach, lakes, lighthouses, forests, and the list goes on… What more could anyone want from a national park?
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We will close this post with one more shot of beautiful Jordan Pond.
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