Acadia National Park

Posted On March 15, 2010 

Acadia National Park is one of the most splendid places in North America. The park comprises of mountains, islands, and ocean. This has made the park a crowning glory in all of Maine.

Each year, Acadia National Park sees million of travelers, who wish to have a good vacation. The town of Bar Harbor is engulfed within the park. This has created a blend of perfect landscapes with a ‘downeast’ flavor and character. Most tourists return for a second visit. The experience will stay with you for a lifetime.

The donation of private citizens keeps the Acadia National Park teeming with activity. The vision of benevolent members has stood the test of time. George B. Dorr and Charles W. Eliot prevented the park from over-development. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., played a role in the development carriage roads. He donated nearly 11,000 acres of land, which is presently a vital area of the park. There have been scores of individuals who have donated their resources in order for others to enjoy the beauty of the park.

Acadia National Park
The park was first established as Sieur de Monts National Monument in July 1916. It later changed its name to Lafayette National Park. The official name, Acadia National Park, was applied in January 1919.

The park is spread over 47,748 acres of land. The majority of the park is situated on Mount Desert Island. Schoodic Peninsula lies to the northeast, while Isle Au Haut lies to the southwest. Baker Island lies along the southeast coast. Bar Island, situated near Bar Harbor, has a national park of its own.

The park has purchased tracts of land and easements since 1986. This was done to preserve the scenic beauty and define the long-term boundary. Many landowners place easements on their property in order to limit future development.

The park is replete with rocky coastlines, granite mountains, and fantastic lakes and ponds. The varied nature of the wildlife blends beautifully with the local character of the area. The borders of the park are surrounded by harbor villages such as Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor.

The park’s information center is situated in Thompson Island just before Mount Desert Island. There are two centers in the island: main Visitor Center and Park Headquarters and Winter Visitor Center.

The primary camping grounds situated at Mount Desert Island include Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. All sites are within a ten-minute walk of the ocean. There are no camping sites near the water. The sites are designed to hold tents, both small and large. However, some sites allow pop-ups and vehicle campers. One vehicle carrying six people is allowed at each site. Backcountry camping is not allowed in Acadia.

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9 Responses to “Acadia National Park”
  1. patty says:

    Whenever you visit such place, you should be ready with your expedition gear. It will always be fun to live like a camp.

  2. richel says:

    Acadia National Park is not known but only hikers and trekkers love to visit it. It is lonely place but on top of the world.

  3. Stanley says:

    Its absolutely true! The experience will stay for lifetime! Till date i remember and cherish the moments with my family and friends.

  4. Taylor says:

    This place is not meant for all. Only for those who loves to be adventurer in their life.

  5. Ue says:

    It is so touchy that people here are so concerned for their land. They donate many things not for their life but to help others.

  6. Val says:

    A perfect place to plan your camp. Thrilling and full of fun :)

  7. Warne says:

    While camping you can have amazing scenic view and feel fresh to be out of the world.

  8. Xabi says:

    There are so many places for hiking and camping, yet people never explore it.

  9. vareeja says:

    The National Park Servicewill be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016.

    It has created a project to promote voluntary, multimodal park access for present and future generations.

    Going “car free” offers visitors the opportunity to explore Acadia by foot, bicycle, shuttle bus, commercial tour bus, private automobile, or private and commercial vessels.

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