Acadia National Park spans more than 45,000 acres in Maine, but the majority is situated on Mount Desert Island. The best time to hit Acadia National Park is during the fall when you are treated to a spectacular show of color as the foliage turns. The park is open year-round, however, so if you want to enjoy Maine’s mild summer or have snowball fights in the 60 inches of snow that falls in an average year, go right ahead. Wish I could.
The highlights of Acadia National Park include a 520-foot summit known as the Beehive; Otter Cliffs, the highest ocean cliff on the Atlantic Coast, Bass Hard Head Lighthouse; Eagle Lake and Cadillac Mountain, which rises more than 1500 feet above sea level.
Those cliff edges can get very slippery and it only takes a moment of distraction to create a problem for your and your party. The mountain trails require sure footing and a healthy dose of stamina so it is important to know your limits before hiking. Fires inside Acadia National Park are permitted only in specified sites. Do not feed, disturb, hunt or scare wildlife inside Acadia National Park. Hikers should extinguish their cigarettes before hitting the trails.
Acadia National Park is home to several hiking trails. Great Head Trail is one of the easiest and takes you to the 145-foot summit of Great Head. The Beehive Trail is a 1.2 mile loop that presents challenges in the form of steep inclines, but also provides fabulous views of Sand Beach and Newport Cove. The Ocean Dsrive Shore Path is another easy hike through Acadia National Park. The Bubble Pond-Pemetic Mountain Trail takes you through some majestic forestry over its 1.2 mile long route. Other hiking trails at Acadia include Wonderland Trail, Acadia Mountain Trail and Flying Mountain Loop Trail.
Outdoor enthusiasts can do more than hike inside Acadia National Park. The park is home to cruises aboard a triple-masted schooner, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, swimming and the Park Loop Road bike trail. Your can also sit astride a horse or take advantage of the six carriage rides available at Acadia every day. The carriage horses will deposit you at the top of Day Mountain between the middle of June and early October. Freshwaster fishing is permitted at all lakes inside Acadia National Park.
Two campgrounds that charge a fee are available for up to 14 days. There is a 30 day limit from mid-October to mid-May. Blackwoods campground can be your hub point in Acadia year-round, but get yourself a reserved spot during the tourist season from May to October.