Acadia National Park, which welcomes around 2 million visitors a year, was first established in 1919. The more than 47,000-acre preserve is located mostly on Mount Desert Island, a 108-square-mile coastal island shaped like a lobster’s claw. Other bits of Acadia are scattered on smaller nearby islands and on a peninsula jutting from Maine’s shoreline.
Want to get around the park’s islands but forgot the boat? No problem! During low tide, a mile-long gravel path is exposed between Mount Desert Island and Bar Island. Tourists can walk the rocky route to visit the Bar Island sections of Acadia before the tide rises again.
Sights and Sounds
Acadia is one of the country’s smallest national parks, but it packs in a lot of sites! The park boasts rocky beaches, wetlands, spruce-fir forests, and granite peaks. One of Acadia’s major highlights is the 1,530-foot-high Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point on the eastern coast of the United States. Another is Thunder Hole, a semi-submerged cave off the coast of Mount Desert Island where crashing waves sound like bolts of thunder.
The park is also home to a range of animals including bobcats, harbor seals, luna moths, walruses, bullfrogs, and peregrine falcons. With all its cool features, you’ll definitely say “Hooray” for Acadia!