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Acadia National Park
On Mount Desert Island,
off the southeastern coast of Maine
Acadia's glaciated coastal and island landscape embraces towering mountains, shimmering lakes, and thick hardwood and evergreen forests. Its rich cultural history, provided by various indigenous peoples and successive waves of French and English immigrants, can be traced back 5,000 years. The Sieur de Monts Spring nature center near Bar Harbor and the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island explore the areas natural beauty and cultural ties. Walking trails and 45 mi of carriage roads cut through gorgeous countryside, and ranger-led programs explain the importance of the surrounding scenery. The park was proclaimed as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916, established as Lafayette National Park on February 26, 1919, and changed to Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bicycling and boating (rentals in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor), camping, cross-country skiing (rentals in Bar Harbor), fishing, hiking, rock climbing (permit required, see below), swimming. Facilities: Visitor center: Hulls Cove (3 mi north of Bar Harbor, off Rte. 3). Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center (VA mi south of Bar Harbor, off Rte. 3), Islesford Historical Museum (Little Cranberry Island). Beaches, museum, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Book and map sales, picnic tables with fire grills. Programs & Events: Daily ranger-guided walks, hikes, talks, demonstrations, amphitheater programs, and boat cruises (late May-mid-Oct.). Tips & Hints: Avoid touring 10-2 in summer because of crowds. Visit late May-early June for wildflowers and migrating warblers, or first half of Oct. for fall foliage and raptor migration. Basic snacks are available, and a shuttle bus runs through the park. Busiest in July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD & LODGING
Camping: 3 campgrounds in the park: Blackwoods (Mount Desert Island; 300 sites; $20; flush toilets May-Nov, pit toilets Dec-Apr.; reservations required May-Oct.), Seawall (Mount Desert Island; 200 sites; $20; flush toilets; closed Oct.-mid-May), Isle de Haut (5 lean-tos; $25; pit toilet; closed mid-Oct.-mid-May; permit required, see below). In Bar Harbor: КОA (136 County Rd., tel. 207/288-3520; 200 sites; $30-$53; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; closed Nov.-May). Hotels: None in park. In Bar Harbor: Quality Inn (40 Kebo St., tel. 207/ 288-5403 or 800/282-5403; 77 rooms; $149-$179), Cadillac Motor Inn (336 Main St., tel. 207/288-3831; 48 rooms, 5 apts; $79-$119; closed Oct.-mid-May), Ledgelawn Inn (66 Mount Desert St., tel. 207/288-4596 or 800/274-5334; 33 rooms; $125-$275; closed mid-Oct.-Apr.). X Restaurants: In the park: Jordan Pond House Restaurant (tel. 207/ 276-3316; $9-$15; closed late Oct.-mid-May); snacks at Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole. In Bar Harbor: Island Chowder House (38 Cottage St., tel. 207/288-4905; $5-$15; closed Nov.-Apr.), Terrace Grill (Newport Dr., tel. 207/288-3351; $7-$21).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle. Permit ($25) required to camp at Isle de Haut. Write for lean-to reservations; written forms must be received after Apr. 1. Maine fishing license ($14 for one day, $24 for three, and $37 for seven) required for freshwater fishing. Rock climbing permit (free) required for groups of 6 or more at Otter Cliff. No hunting. No pets on beaches or ladder trails, leashed pets on the rest. No trail bikes. No bikes on hiking trails. No motorized vehicles on trails; only foot traffic, strollers, and electric wheelchairs on carriage roads. Park open daily but most scenic roads close in winter. Hulls Cove Visitor Center open mid-Apr-June and Sept.-Oct., daily 8-4:30; July-Aug., daily 8-6. Park headquarters open mid-Apr.-Oct., daily 8-4:30, Nov.-mid-Apr., weekdays 8-4:30. Visitor center moved to park headquarters Nov.-mid-Apr. Sieur de Monts Nature Center open Mar., weekends 9-5; June-Sept., daily 9-5. Islesford Historical Museum open mid-June-Sept., daily 9-3:30.
HOW TO GET THERE
3 mi north of Bar Harbor via Rte. 3. Closest airports: Trenton (12 mi), Bangor (45).
Acadia National Park (Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, tel. 207/288-3338; 800/365-2267 camping reservations; 207/ 288-3338 group camping and lean-to reservations, fax 207/288-8813, ). Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce (Box 158, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0158, tel. 800/288-5103). Southwest Harbor-Tremont Chamber of Commerce (Box 1143, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679, tel. 800/423-9264 or 207/244-9264). Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce (Box 675, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, tel. 207/276-5040). Acadia Information Center (Box 139, Mount Desert, ME 04660, tel. 800/358-8550 or 207/667-8550).
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