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Visit Acadia

Our First Eastern National Park

Throughout history people have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals as well as the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.

The park is located on Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Peninsula, and the remote island of Isle au Haut. These three districts provide a wide variety of activities and experiences. With long parallel glacially-carved granite mountains, valleys, ponds and lakes, Mount Desert Island offers adventures for hikers on over 125 miles of trails, ranging from the vertigo-inducing rung ladder trails such as Precipice and Beehive to the quiet afternoon stroll the boardwalk around Jordan Pond. Bikers and those on horseback can take the quieter route over hill and vale, across beautiful handcrafted stone bridges, and by lakes, ponds, and streams through the network of carriages roads, running 45 miles through the park. Whether on our lakes and ponds or in Frenchman Bay, the water of Acadia provides ample opportunity for exploration by boat. In the Schoodic District of the park, enjoy exploration along the scenic drive, join a ranger at the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus to learn more, or (beginning in 2015) camp in the newly added Schoodic Woods.

For generations, artists, composers, photographers, and writers have been inspired by our rolling hills, steep ocean cliffs, cobblestone beaches, and pastel sunsets. Come be inspired and reconnect with the place we call home.

Acadia National Park as part of the US National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We are one of more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.

 

Learn more

Discover Acadia’s Treasures »
An Acadia Timeline »

Links to Other Online Resources

Acadia National Park Website

Plan Your Visit to Acadia » Things to Do »
Current Conditions » Ranger-led Programs »
Eating & Sleeping » Photo Gallery »
Hours » Fees & Passes »

Contact park staff: 207-288-3338 or acadia_information@nps.gov

Area Chambers of Commerce

Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce
Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce
Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce
Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce
Trenton Chamber of Commerce
Maine Office of Tourism