The first national park established east of the Mississippi (in 1919), Acadia comprises a cluster of islands on the Maine coast, totaling over 50 square miles of parkland. A wide variety of outdoor activities entice visitors, including ranger-led hikes, trails, cruises, nature talks, children’s programs and evening amphitheater programs. Bicyclists will find over 45 miles of roads for exploring. Due to the fragile environment of Acadia, backcountry camping is not allowed, but camping enthusiasts will find more than enough space at the park’s two campgrounds.
Nature lovers, keep your binoculars handy for spring warblers, sea ducks and birds of prey. Of particular interest are the peregrine falcons that roost on the islands. Seals are best seen from boat cruises, and whale watching trips disembark from nearby Bar Harbor. Lucky hikers might even spot a moose or a bear.
Two museums are located within the park grounds, the Islesford Historical Museum and the Sieur de Monts Nature Center. Hours vary by season, so check before you go.
For the adventurous and hardy, winter camping is available. The Blackwoods campground offers a limited number of primitive campsites from December 1-March 31. Obtain a free permit at park headquarters.
Located 50 miles south of Bangor, Acadia is easily accessible by car. From Bangor take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. From Augusta, take Route 3 east to Ellsworth and on to Mount Desert Island.
For more information visit http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm or call Visitor Information at 207.288.3338.