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Acadia National Park

4 Ratings: 4.8
U.S. National Park located near Bar Harbor in the state of Maine

Acadia National Park preserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast of Maine. Traditionally inhabited by Wabanaki Native American hunters, fishers, and gatherers, the area includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, … see full wiki

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The smallest of America's National Parks is among its most beautiful!

  • Jan 30, 2010
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The story of how Acadia National Park came to be is really quite different from that of most of the other National Parks in America.  Acadia was neither carved out of public lands nor bought with public funds.  Rather, Acadia National Park was envisioned and donated to the nation through the efforts of private citizens.  Conservationist George B. Dorr was a man of great vision.  He was disturbed by what he percieved to be the unchecked growth in his beloved Bar Harbor region of Maine.  This was the place where many prominent American families including the Rockerfellers, Morgans, Fords, Vanderbilts, Carnegies and Astors chose to spend their summers.   So in 1901, before things got completely out of hand, Dorr established a group called the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations whose sole purpose was to preserve land for the perpetual use of the public.  Dorr was joined in his effort by landscape architect and former President of Harvard Charles W. Eliot and others. Industrialist John D. Rockerfeller Jr. saw the wisdom of all of this and donated more than 11,000 acres of land to the project.  Others followed suit and in 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation making the area that would become Acadia National Park the first National Park east of the Mississippi River.

If you enjoy the great outdoors Acadia National Park offers a veritable smogasbord of activities for people of all ages all year long.  Here is a place where mountains meet the sea.  If hiking is your passion then come and experience some of the 120 miles of trails found in Acadia.  There are easy surf walks while hardy hikers can scale several Acadia peaks in just one trip.  One of the truly unique features of Acadia National Park is the 57 miles of carriage roads that were conceived and financed by John D. Rockerfeller Jr. between 1919 and 1933.  The carriage roads are connected by 16 magnificent stone bridges each of which was individually designed for the setting.  It was Mr. Rockerfeller's express wish that the carriage roads remain free of automobiles forever.  Carriage rides are still available during the summer tourist season but these picturesque woodland thoroughfares are enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders from April through November.  In the winter months a portion of the carriage roads are open to cross-country skiers and for some limited snowmobiling.  If your reason for coming to Acadia is simply to get away from it all there are plenty of out of the way places to experience the peace and solitude that you seek.  The park is home to some 40 different species of mammalian wildlife.  Among these are red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, porcupine, muskrats, foxes, coyote, bobcats, and black bears.   Meanwhile, you will also discover a cornucopia of lovely wildflowers throughout the park.  Acadia National Park is truly an breathtaking experience.   
 
If you have the time then one of the "must see" places in Acadia National Park is Jordan Pond House restaurant.  The dining traditions of the Jordan Pond House date back to the late 1800's when teahouses were established to to cater to the growing number of sophisticated summer visitors.  Take a step back in time at Jordan Pond House by partaking of  "Afternoon Tea" featuring hot tea and freshly baked popovers served out on the lush lawn or inside the dining room overlooking one of the most beautiful places in Acadia Jordan Pond.  We found this to be a most enjoyable and simply unforgettable experience.  Time simply does not permit me to list all of the great things to see and do at Acadia National Park.  There are five lighthouses in the park and spectacular vistas throughout.  Acadia features the only true fjord in the eastern United States. There is swimming and fishing and boat trips and the list goes on and on.  Park rangers offer all kinds of interesting programs throughout the day.  My wife and I have vistied Acadia National Park about a half dozen times over the years.  Since my wife Molly's first love is the sea and my favorite place is the mountains Acadia National Park is a place that makes us both very happy.  We find that it is always a relaxing and rewarding way to spend our time.     Very highly recommended!
The smallest of America's National Parks takes a back seat to no one. The smallest of America's National Parks takes a back seat to no one. The smallest of America's National Parks takes a back seat to no one. The smallest of America's National Parks takes a back seat to no one.

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January 31, 2010
This is so close to me, I definitely should go sometime. My husband and I, along with our daughter, love to be outdoors as much as possible in the warmer months. Thanks for the great review! 
January 31, 2010
This would probably be about a five hour ride for you. Great place to kick back and relax and see nature. I am sure you would enjoy it.
 
January 30, 2010
Fantastic review! This sounds like a beautiful place to spend your time. Plus there's something about the outdoors and the ocean that is so refreshing. I'll have to visit it at some point. Thanks for sharing!
 
January 30, 2010
Nice job on this, makes me want to go.
 
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