WELCOME TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK!

Located along the rugged coastline of Maine, Acadia National Park is home to the most inspiring and easily accessible scenery. What makes Acadia so special is that it has such diverse terrain in such a small area, from the beautiful pink granite shoreline to the majestic glacier-carved mountain peaks and the pristine woodlands and lakes in between. This site is dedicated to everybody who loves Acadia and to everybody who loves to explore the outdoors. Choose from one of the items below to get started!

Introduction to Acadia (Acadia National Park)
Introduction to Acadia (Acadia National Park)

INTRODUCTION TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Acadia National Park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River and is one of the most popular with over two million visitors a year. If you are new to Acadia, please start with this introduction to get oriented. Topics include getting to the park (flying and driving), entrance fees, things to do, navigating the complex road system including the Park Loop Road and other main roads, and seasons and dates of interest.

Best Acadia Hikes (Acadia National Park)
Best Acadia Hikes (Acadia National Park)

THE BEST HIKES IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Acadia National Park has over 120 miles of trails beckoning for exploration. From family strolls along the rocky coastlines to strenuous and exposed scrambles to the tops of the majestic granite peaks, Acadia's large trail system has something for everyone. Because there are so many interconnecting trails and carriage roads, numerous interesting options exist for longer loop hikes.

Many More Hiking Ideas (Acadia National Park)
Many More Hiking Ideas (Acadia National Park)

MANY MORE HIKING IDEAS!

Hidden in this website are write-ups for over 50 hikes in Acadia National Park and the greater Acadia area. View more hiking ideas organized by sections of the park: the Popular Ocean Side, the Middle Peaks, the Quiet West Side, and Beyond Mount Desert Island (the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut). IMPORTANT: It is up to you to determine if a route is appropriate for your ability and experience.

Carriage-Road Bridges (Acadia National Park)
Carriage-Road Bridges (Acadia National Park)

ACADIA'S CARRIAGE-ROAD BRIDGES

Acadia is also home to over 45 miles of carriage roads built by millionaire philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. between 1913 and 1940. Rockefeller also financed, designed, and supervised the construction of 16 majestic stone bridges that were built at several stream and gorge crossings throughout the carriage road system. Since each bridge is a unique work of art, it is fun to try to visit them all!

The Peaks of Acadia (Acadia National Park)
The Peaks of Acadia (Acadia National Park)

THE PEAKS OF ACADIA

Most visitors to Acadia National Park are familiar with Cadillac Mountain, the tallest and most famous peak on Mt. Desert Island, but Acadia is sprinkled with dozens more beautiful peaks, each with multiple compelling trails that lead to the summits. View a list of peaks with notes and links to the trails that lead to the summit. Try to tag as many summit markers as you can!

This site is written and maintained by Joe Braun, an avid hiker and photographer who has been exploring and photographing Acadia National Park for over a decade. None of this site is written by AI; I am a real human being who enjoys writing and sharing my first-hand hiking experiences and photographs with other people who enjoy the outdoors. More information...

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