Acadia National Park, the first and oldest national park in the east of the Mississippi River near to Bar Harbor on Maine’s Atlantic Coastline in America is well known for its scenic beauty, geology, flora, fauna, and history. This park has about 45,000 acres of forests, lakes, mountains, wetlands, and ocean shoreline. It protects a patch of coastal Maine where the north woods tumble down to meet the wild Atlantic, cultural history, scenic beauty, and scientific values within the Acadia archipelago and Schoodic Peninsula and offers visitors a broad range of transformative and inspiring experiences among the park’s diverse habitats, glacially sculpted mountains, and bold, rocky coastline.
The major part of this park is Mount Desert Island and the other Islands are –
- Bar Island,
- Baker Island,
- Little Cranberry Island,
- Great Cranberry Island,
- Bear Island,
- Sutton Island,
- Spectacle Island,
- Isle Au Haut,
- Great Duck Island.
Acadia National park is a classic coastal Maine. The majority of the park sits on Mount Desert Island, so named by Samuel Champlain in 1604.
History of Acadia National Park:
In the history of Acadia National Park in America, the first written description of Maine recorded 100 years after European trade started, where narrate Native Americans who lived the land by hunting, fishing, collecting shellfish and plants and berries.
Samuel Champlain, a Frenchman, created the first important step to the historical record of Mount Desert Island. He led the enterprise that landed on Mount Desert on September 5, 1604, and wrote in his journal, and named it” Isles des Monts Déserts.” Before the newcomer landed at Plymouth Rock, Champlain visited the island that destined this land to become known as New France before it became New England.
In 1613, French Jesuit established the first French mission in America on Mount Desert Island. An English ship commanded by Captain Samuel Argall spoiled their mission, when they had just begun to build a fort, plant corn, and baptize the natives. The English victory punished Jesuit endeavor on Mount Desert Island. No one wished to settle in this contested region. For the next 150 years, the island was primarily used as a landmark for seamen.
After a century and a half of controversy, In 1759, British soldiers obtained victory in Quebec by ending French supremacy in Acadia. The Native Americans dispersed and lands along the Maine coast opened for an English settlement. Governor Francis Bernard of Massachusetts acquired a royal land grant-in-aid on Mount Desert Island. In 1760, Bernard tried to secure his demand by offering free land to settlers. Abraham Somes and James Richardson accepted the offer and settled their families at what is now Somerville.
Bernard’s plans ended for Mount Desert Island because of the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In the aftermath of the war, Bernard lost his right, and the newly created United States of America approved the western half of Mount Desert Island to John Bernard, who is a son of the governor, and the eastern half of the island to Marie Therese de Gregoire, granddaughter of Cadillac. Both of them sold their landholdings to non-resident landlords soon.
Their real estate transactions made very little difference to the increasing number of settlers on Mount Desert Island. By 1820, farming, lumbering, fishing, and shipbuilding stood as the major occupations. Settlers on Mount Desert Island converted hundreds of acres of trees into wood products. Farmers harvested wheat, rye, corn, and potatoes. By 1850, the familiar sights of fishermen, sailors and shipyards exposed a way of life linked to the sea.
In 1929, the government accepted additional gratuity of land beyond the limits of Mount Desert Island. And immediately, the park was enlarged to include the part of the Schoodic Peninsula. The park was renamed Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929, at the desire of the donor of the Schoodic land.
From 1915 to 1933, the wealthy philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, who contributed to financing, designed and directed the construction of an extensive network of carriage trails throughout the park.
Approximately 10,000 acres of Acadia National Park burned in a fire that had begun on the mainland in a cranberry bog on October 17, 1947. The blaze was one of a series of fires that consumed much of Maine’s forest as a result of a dry year. The restoration of the park was supported enough by the Rockefeller family.
Currently, The park consists of 2,728 acres covering 30,300 acres. on the Isle of Hight and 2,366 acres on the Subic Peninsula.
Beauty of Acadia National Park:
Acadia is open year-round and offers a relatively temperate climate with warm summers, mild spring and fall seasons. Winters are nice in Acadia, and road closures may occur in extremely snowy conditions.
Acadia features some of the charming features of early 20th century recreational planning such as its system, such as its attractive carriageway and elegant stone bridge. Its ecological nooks and crannies crammed with fertile worlds. The 55 miles of Carriage Roads aren’t to be missed, and these meander through the eastern side of the park. Magnificent hand-hewn, stone-arched bridges that were commissioned by the great J.D. Rockefeller connect these gravel-topped carriage roads.
Best Time to Visit Acadia National Park:
September to through early October after the summer rush and before the temperature drop below freezing is the perfect time to travel Acadia National Park. It can be soggy, misty and rainy when you will trip in March, April, and May. As a result, you have to pack your waterproof gear.
How to Go:
- Silver Airways 148,
Time Schedule-11:00 am?12:10 pm,
Days-Monday to Friday.
- Silver Airways 148,
Time Schedule-12:00 pm?1:10 pm,
Days-Sunday to Saturday.
- Silver Airways 149,
Time Schedule- 4:00 pm?5:10 pm,
Days-Sunday to Saturday.
- Cape Air 1837,
Time Schedule- 4:25 pm?5:45 pm,
Days-Monday to Sunday.
- Cape Air 1837,
Time Schedule- 5:05 pm?6:25 pm,
Portland Maine to Acadia National Park:
The fastest way to get from Portland to Acadia National Park is to drive which costs $17 – $26 and takes 3h 18m and the cheapest is to bus which costs $9 and takes 5h 44m though there is no direct bus and also time-consuming.
Where to Stay in Acadia National Park:
Acadia National Park Cabins Pet-Friendly-
- Town & Country Cottage – 230 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Open: Year-Round.
- Seal Cove Cabins- Seal Cove in Tremont, Mount Desert Island, Offered: June – Oct.
- Summertime Bar Harbor – 1 Bloomfield Rd., Bar Harbor, Open: Year-Round.
- Red’s Garden – 190 Otter Creek Dr., Bar Harbor, Open: Year-Round.
- Holly Hill- Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island 04662.
- Skywater- Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island 04660.
- Clove Hitch – Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island 04660.
Acadia National Park Camping-
- Blackwoods Campground
- Hadley’s Point Campground
- Smuggler’s Den Campground
- Mount Desert Campground
- Seawall Campground
- Duck Harbor Campground
Acadia National Park Hotels & Resorts:
- Bar Harbor Manor- 3-star hotel, 47 Holland Avenue, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Hotel Bar Harbor Grand Hotel 3-star hotel, 269 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Bar Harbor Inn and Spa 4-star hotel, 7 Newport Drive, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Bluenose Inn – Bar Harbor Hotel 4-star hotel, 90 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Acadia Hotel – Acadia Hotel is a 3-star hotel and located in 20 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor,
- ME 04609, USA. It is Bar Harbor’s only hotel situated on the centrally located Village Green.
- Atlantic Eyrie Lodge – which is located in 6 Norman Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Quality Inn Bar Harbor 3-star hotel -40 Kebo Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Hampton Inn Bar Harbor-2-star hotel,12 Norman Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Acadia Ocean View Motel-2-star hotel,323 ME-3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
- Bar Harbor Villager Motel-2-star hotel,207 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA.
Best Restaurant in Acadia National Park:
- Jordan Pond House Restaurant. Address – 2928 Park Loop Rd, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.
- Jordan’s Restaurant. Address-80 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Burning Tree Restaurant. Address-69 Otter Creek Dr, Otter Creek, ME 04660.
- Thrive Juice Bar & Kitchen. Address-51 Rodick St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Abel’s Lobster Pound. Address- 13 Abels Ln, Mt Desert, ME 04660.
- The Common Good Soup Kitchen. Address-19 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
- 2 Cats Bar Harbor. Address-130 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Havana. Address- 318 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Sunrise Cafe. Address-1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609.
- Great Maine Breakfast. Address- 15 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Reading Room Restaurant. Address-1 Newport Dr, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
- Peabody’s at the Asticou. Address-15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.
Things to Do in Acadia National Park:
Watch The Sunrise: Cadillac Mountain is known for its beautiful sunrises. It is the tallest mountain of Acadia National Park, which is 1,530 feet and also the highest altitude towards the East Coast. Especially In the fall and winter, this spot is the first place where the sun rises in the United States, and watching those sunrises is one of the most popular things to do in this park. Come and catch the first sunrise in the country. The Sunset is equally popular in here.
Take a View: If you’ve seen a picture of Acadia, it has probably been taken from the top of Cadillac Mountain, with the small islands off the coast showing in the distance. It’s a gorgeous spot–hike or drives up to catch the views, don’t plan on being in a big hurry to come back down.
Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park: There are very few times in my life when I feel pleasure to drive and driving in Acadia National Park gave me this feeling during travel. When one drives along this road, it will get Acadia’s most well-known sights, and can make it an efficient way to take breathtaking views. Here, along the coastal part of the route highlights Great Head, Sand Beach, and Thunder Hole, along with Otter Point and Otter Cliffs, soaring 110 feet above the sea, one of the highest sea cliffs on the East Coast. This is a particularly good spot for spotting seabirds. This road is open from mid-April through November, and a small part is open year-round. Parts of the route are one-way, so you should plan to do it in a clockwise direction.
Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park: One of the most dramatic spots in Acadia National Park is the breach of Thunder Hole between Great Head and Otter Cliffs, where a small cave has formed just under the surface of the water. As waves recede, they leave a space for air to enter the cave, so when the next wave crashes into the cleft it collides with the air, forcing it out with a thunderous roar. When the surf is high, the spray shoot as high as 40 feet into the air.
Sand Beach in Acadia National Park: Sand Beach is a bright, gorgeous and very clear watery little beach, which is 290 yards long situated in the east of Mount Desert Island between mountains and rocky shores. The beach is largely covered by unique sand of shell fragments created by the pounding surf. The waterline can vary quite a little bit because of the difference between the high and low tide.
Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park: One of the most challenging and well-known hiking trails in Acadia National Park is Precipice Trail with an almost vertical 1,000-foot climb up to the east of Champlain Mountain. The trail is only permitted for physically fit and experienced hikers who have no phobia of heights. If you do not hike this trail alone, you must verify weather conditions before the climb. While you decide hiking in Acadia National Park, go to Acadia Hiking Trails for additional trail information, suggestions, and rules.
Jordan Pond House: The deepest and clear watery Jordan Pond is Acadia’s second-largest lake, and also home to a variety of wildlife including beaver, frogs, and loons. In the 1800s, after opening this pond, the visitors arrived by carriage, where has been serving afternoon tea and popovers (a sort of hollow bread roll served with butter and jam) for more than 100 years on the lawn overlooking of Jordan Pond and the rounded mountains known as The Bubbles. Though In 1979, a fire destroyed the original building but the Jordan Pond is still the most beloved tradition of Acadia summers.
The Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring and Wild Gardens: Just the outside Bar Harbor at Sieur de Monts Spring, the Abbe Museum displays part of its immense collection of artifacts and art of the Wabanaki, introducing visitors to the Native Americans who have lived in this area for more than 12,000 years. Here exhibitions take place on the culture and history basis through multimedia and interactive display. A larger part of the outstanding collections of basketry and other ancient and contemporary Wabanaki artifacts and art is displayed at the museum.
Acadia National Park in Winter: Welcome to Acadia in winter. Every year more than 2 million tourists travel to Acadia National Park and there are days when it seems like they’re all there at the same time. But only a small part around 5 percent traveler visit this park when the snow flies. 85 percent of them are Mainers, mostly residents of Bar Harbor and surrounding towns, who come from December to March, and they actively avoid the park in summer. This season serenity is in a supreme state everywhere. Scenic Drive: The maximum portion of Park Loop Road is closed in winter, but Only Ocean Drive and Jordan Pond Road are accessible. Ocean Drive is on Schooner Head Road to Otter Cliff and Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor. Sargeant Drive along Northeast Harbor to Acadia Mountain and ME 102A to Bass Harbor Head Light offers a scenic winter, where the grounds are open for visitors year-round.
Finally, I say, Travel carefully. Hope you enjoy it.Thanks for having us. Have a nice trip.