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VISITING THE SCHOODIC PENINSULA

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Schoodic Peninsula Welcome SignRoughly 20 miles east of Ellsworth and just south of the town of Winter Harbor, the Schoodic District is the only section of Acadia National Park located on the mainland. A visit to the Schoodic Peninsula offers visitors access to wonderfully rugged scenery of thick forests lining the granite formations of the coastline. Many turnouts along the six-mile loop road (one-way in most sections) allow people to pull over and randomly explore, but the highlight is Schoodic Point, the rocky barren southern tip of the Schoodic Peninsula that offers a majestic view of the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Desert Island to the west.

Getting to Schoodic:

The Schoodic Peninsula is located five miles east of Mount Desert Island as the bird flies over the ocean, but the drive around to the mainland is much longer. If you are driving from Bar Harbor on MDI, it will take roughly 60-75 minutes to get to the Schoodic Peninsula. Take Route 3 off of MDI towards Ellsworth, then follow Route 1 east for 16.6 miles; this section of Route 1 offers wonderful coastal views. Then turn right onto Route 186 and follow it south 6.5 miles to the village of Winter Harbor. Turn left at the downtown intersection and in .5 miles, turn right onto the Schoodic Loop Road to enter the Schoodic district of Acadia National Park.

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During the summer tourist season, the Schoodic Ferry offers convenient boat rides to Schoodic; a round-trip ticket between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor costs $25 per person. The free Island Explorer shuttle also offers a free bus route around the Schoodic Peninsula.

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