The Ultimate Guide To Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park, often referred to as “The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast,” located southwest of Bar Harbor, in Maine. The park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the US, which includes half of Mount Desert Island, several small adjacent islands, and part of the Schoodic Peninsula on the coast of Maine. The park features some spectacular and pristine costal views, historic Park Loop Road – a 27 miles long scenic road winding through the park, 158 miles of hiking trails, granite mountains, 45 miles of carriage roads, beautiful lakes, boat tours and so much more.
Address: 25 Visitor Center Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, Entrance Fee: Private non-commercial vehicle: $30
Best Way To Explore The Park
To see all of Acadia National Park, I recommend that you (1) Drive the Park Loop – this historic 27 miles long scenic road begins at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and offers access to all major attractions in the park, (2) Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage tour around the mountain and (3) Take a Sightseeing and Nature boat cruise, read more about the cruise in my Ultimate Guide To Acadian Boat Tours
Must See In Acadia National Park
It’s a Cove-style beach, nestled between mountains and rocky shores on the east side of Mount Desert Island. Sand Beach is a popular stop on the Park’s Loop Road, mostly for swimming, hiking, wading, beautiful views of the ocean, or just to relax by the shore.
Jordan Pond is a glacier-formed mountain pond with crystal clear water, the maximum water depth being 150 feet. However, there are steep inclines, so swimming is not allowed, but non-motor boats and kayaks are allowed in the pond. Overlooking this spectacular pond is Jordan Pond House, a full-service restaurant, the only one in Acadia National Park, serving lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.
Thunder Hole is a narrow inlet carved into the pink granite cliffs. When the tide and waves are just right, the crashing waves force out air from the narrow space of the hole beneath the cliffs, causing a thunder-roar and splashes water as high as 40 feet. This is a one-of-a-kind experience and must-see in Acadia National Park, there are granite stairs leading to the well-guarded viewing platform.
Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in the park, with an elevation of 1,530 feet, offers some breathtaking views of the coast and is popular destination to watch the sunset and or sunrise. It’s known to be the first place in the US to see the sunrise, which is true only for a portion of the year.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
The cliffside Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island, marking the entrance to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. The lighthouse was built in 1858, stands 56 feet tall, the lighthouse is not open to the public but can be viewed from adjacent trails.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour
Carriages of Acadia, a family-owned Maine Corporation, provide horse-drawn carriage tours in Acadia National Park. The narrated tours offer some breathtaking ocean views, opportunity to see some spectacular bridge construction of the 20th century, and admire the world-famous carriage roads built in the early 1900 by the renowned philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Address: 21 Dane Farm Rd., Seal Harbor, ME 04675, Entrance Fee: Several options, check details here
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