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Acadia National Park Travel Guide: 258 reviews and 493 photos

Located on the rugged Atlantic coast of Maine, Acadia National Park encompasses 47,000 scenic acres of mountains, lakes, woodlands, rocks, wildlife and spectacular scenery. Unique among the national parks, Acadia has 44 miles of historic carriage roads which are one of the finest examples of broken-stone roads left in America. These are off limits to motorized vehicles, but very popular with bicyclists, hikers, and horse drawn carriages. There are also 27 miles of paved roads. The park lies primarily on Mt. Desert Island, first discovered by Samuel Champlain in 1604, and later the haunt of the rich and famous. Some of America's wealthiest families built extravagant summer cottages here in the 1800s, where they came to escape the summer heat.

Most of the old homes and hotels are gone now, many a victim of fires. Much of the land was donated to the Federal Government and was designated Sieur de Monts National Monument by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Three years later, as the park expanded with more land donations, it was redesignated a National Park, the first to be established in the eastern United States. Acadia is a wonderland for the nature lover, outdoor enthusiast and history buff alike.

  • Last visit to Acadia National Park: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 7, 2007
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  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2007 at 7:09 AM

    I wanna go to Acadia! Hey, thanks for dropping by my hometown. Hope you're eating well! ;D God bless!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Those are some "cottages" on Mt. Desert Island! Beautiful photos esp. the sunsets :-) I'd go to Maine just for the lobster but there's beautiful scenery too.

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    That mansion on Mt Desert Island is spectacular. Jordan Pond looks so peaceful and there's a lot more to do here than I expected (museums, trails, sunsets, foliage). Thanks for the excellent tips and photos.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2007 at 6:09 AM

    Great photos of the rocks, the pines, the shoreline....looks fantastic. Makes me want to head north with my hiking shoes and eat lots of lobster!

  • paulapes's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Great pages and pics of a gorgeous area! Maine is a beautiful state, no doubt about it :-)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    This seems the perfect spot for you and Karen with the Lighthouse, Lobster Boat [great photos], Wild Gardens, Sail Boats at Somes Sound, and Cadillac Mt. Breataking photos. I remember being in Bar Harbor.

  • sswagner's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2006 at 3:52 PM

    This looks like an amazing place--the outdoors will never loose its appeal. Thank you for visiting our page as 2006 has been quite a year. Merry Christmas!

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2006 at 4:34 AM

    wow...Fantastic tips and beautiful pics! Within reach...gotta go see. Hope your Christmas is magical and your New Year prosperous!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2006 at 4:02 AM

    50,000 0bjects, twice around the mountain (pleased it wasn't 3 times, people would start to talk about you!), no wonder you spent so much time there. So much like Wilsons Promontory in places.

  • WheninRome's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2006 at 6:53 PM

    Great Acadia page! We missed the Wild Gardens, but I would have loved to have seen them. Your campground also sounded fantastic. Happy travels.

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