Did you know that there are four National Park Service sites in Maine, in addition to Acadia National Park? Visit all five for a memorable and varied trip in celebration of the 2016 centennial. Together with your visit to Acadia, check out:
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
The winter of 1604–1605 on Saint Croix Island was a cruel one for the French expedition of Pierre Du Gua, Sieur de Mons. Iced in by freezing temperatures and cut off from fresh water and game, 35 of 79 men died. As spring arrived and native people traded game for bread, the health of those remaining improved. Although the expedition moved on by summer, the beginning of French presence in North America had begun. Saint Croix Island’s history is particularly significant for those interested in Acadia National Park, as it was Du Gua’s geographer, Samuel de Champlain, who in 1604 gave Mount Desert Island its name; and it was that history that inspired the name for Sieur de Monts National Monument when it was founded in 1916.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
For many years, Franklin D. Roosevelt summered on Campobello Island, located at the U.S.-Canada border at Lubec, Maine. As an adult, he shared with his family the same active pursuits he enjoyed on the island as child. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,185 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers. The northern terminus of the trail is at Maine’s highest point, Mount Katahdin’s Baxter Peak.
Maine Acadian Culture in the St. John Valley
Maine Acadians share beliefs and experiences tying them to a common religion, languages, and history. The St. John River, land, and family are essential to their culture. The National Park Service supports the Maine Acadian Heritage Council, an association of historical societies, cultural clubs, towns, and museums that work together to support Maine Acadian culture in the St. John Valley.