Acadia National Park occupies about 40% of Mount Desert Island, on which Bar Harbor is located. Depending on the weather during any particular summer, it ranks between the second and the fifth most visited national park in the United States.
The shore line of Acadia is like no other; a combination of shear rock faces, crushed shell beaches and everything in between. In three or four days you can explore the most popular sites in Acadia National Park, but most folks who visit here feel they've just scratched the surface in that length of time.
Acadia National Park really does have something for everyone.
By car or tour bus - You can explore much of Acadia National Park in a vehicle. Well maintained, paved roads permit you to travel all through Acadia with turnouts or parking lots at the major attractions including the summit of Cadillac Mountain shown to the right. Jordan Pond House, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Sand Beach are just some of the other places available to you in your vehicle.
By bicycle or sneakers - If you're willing to leave your car behind you may explore over 45 miles of carefully groomed carriage roads.
By hiking boots - Over 125 miles of Park maintained hiking trails offer everything from flat, level terrain to trails that ascend over 1000 feet in only .4 (4/10) miles. Naturally, most of Acadia's trails are somewhere in between. Still too tame? Technical rock climbers often use the sheer granite cliff faces of Acadia, many of which are directly over water*.
For maps of the hiking trails, carriage roads or general area use this link: ACADIA MAPS
* Technical rock climbing can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone without the knowledge, skills and equipment to safely engage in this activity. If you intend to climb or hike "off the trail" you should directly contact Acadia National Park for more information.
Acadia National Park
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