"West side of the Park Often overlooked" Acadia National Park Off The Beaten Path Tip by ChicamijaNYC

Acadia is a beautiful park and often the main park area near Bar Harbor is very crowded. When I hike I like solitude... living in NYC you really want to escape from people piled on top of each other.

If you look at a map of Acadia the park spans across land masses that resemble a pair of lungs. Most folks stay on the right or East side near Bar Harbor.

The left or West side of the park is often ignored or overlooked by visitors. And there is a lot of great hiking. The Beech Mtn Loop has a fire tower at the summit. Didn't encounter another person the whole time I was hiking. Flying Mtn trail has great views of Somme Sound and feeds into the longer trail of St. Sauveur Mtn and Acadia Mtn. Acadia Mtn is considered strenuous but worth the vista of Sommes Sound. Encounterd very few folks.

There are several other trails that I didn't personally get to try out. If you are looking for an easy relaxing trail with a great few and place to stop and read, draw, ponder... try the trail near Ship Harbor off of 120A and down the way from the Wonderland trail. There is an area of rock outcrops that are perfect for sitting and looking out at the ocean.

Website: http://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/upload/ACADmap2005.pdf

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  • Written Mar 27, 2008
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