In this Maine national park, which was the first national park established east of the Mississippi River, cliffs of granite overlook a rocky shoreline and beaches of cobblestone. Hiking in this Maine national park is one of the most popular activities, because there is more than 120 miles to explore. You’ll trek through evergreen forests, up mountains, including one called Cadillac Mountain that is the highest point on the Atlantic coast at 1,350 feet, as well as coastline during your investigations of the island park.
Biking is also a common reason people flock to this Maine national park. Visiting Acadia with your bicycle in tow is a good idea, because in addition to the 27 miles of paved roads, there are 45 miles of carriage roads open to bicycles. Just don’t take your bike on a hiking trail; it is prohibited. Oh, and watch for horses. Proper etiquette at this Maine national park is to pull over and let them pass.
If swimming is your favorite thing to do on vacation, take a dip in one of the park’s two beaches: Echo Lake Beach or Sand Beach. But do so at your own peril; the water temperature rarely exceeds 55 degrees Fahrenheit in the waters surrounding this Maine national park. Visiting Acadia might be a good idea for polar bears rather than people it seems.
If all the hiking, biking and swimming makes you hungry, stop in to one of the eateries at this Maine national park. You can choose from the Jordan Pond House Restaurant and Gift Shop or the shops at Cadillac Mountain and Thunder Hole.
If visiting Acadia, remember that the headquarters of this Maine national park is open every day from Nov. 1 to April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can stop in to the visitor center, called Hulls Cove, between May 1 and Oct. 31 during those same hours. If visiting Acadia during the latter time frame, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee. You can pay this fee at any of the entrances of this Maine national park, including: Entrance Station (north of Sand Beach on the Park Loop Road); Hulls Cove Visitor Center; Park Headquarters; Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds; Thompson Island Information Center; and Bar Harbor Village Green. The fee is $20 for one vehicle, and it is good for seven days. If you come alone on your bike or on your own two feet for hiking, you’ll pay only $5. If you want an annual pass, the fee is $40.
Where should you stay during your trip to this Maine national park? There are two campgrounds within the park. If you don’t like roughing it, you’ll need to make reservations for accommodations in a nearby town such as Bar Harbor.
Whether you have only a few hours or a full week, you’ll find plenty to do in this Maine national park. For more information, visit the Acadia National Park Web site at http://www.nps.gov/acad/.