Acadia National Park: A Lovely Place to Visit

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 13th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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See the sun rise over a mountain. Paddle alongside a seal. Watch a whale. These are some activities you can do at Acadia National Park in Maine. Part one of a series.

Hiking in Acadia

Visitors to Acadia National Park in Maine can hike up a mountain, splash in the ocean and paddle a kayak while eagles soar overhead and seals poke their heads out of the water. Acadia is one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. It's no wonder that two million people visit each year to hike, bike, swim, sail and just enjoy nature's beauty.
Hikers can choose from 120 miles of hiking paths. Some are easy trails such as the Ocean Path - a gentle hike which takes visitors past waves crashing into the shore and sail boats which dot the horizon. Others are difficult including the Bee Hive - a steep, rocky climb up cliffs.
Cadillac Mountain is the park's highest point at 1,532 feet, according to the National Park Service. Cadillac Mountain is an early morning hot spot for visitors who can watch in awe as the sky gradually turns pink, and the sun lights up the mountains.
Let's take a closer look at where you can hike here:

Biking Acadia

Some visitors like to pedal around the park. You can rent a bicycle for the day or bring your own. You can bike the carriage roads but the most popular place for bicyclists is the 27-mile Loop Road which circles the entire park. Be careful because cars also use this road.
Bicyclists can hear the cry of sea gulls, smell the salt air of the ocean and watch the sail boats glide past. They may even see an otter, deer or moose grazing in a meadow. Bicyclists simultaneously get a great workout and gorgeous views.

Horsing Around Acadia

Hikers, bicyclists, joggers, horseback riders and carriage riders can wander more than 57 miles of carriage roads which wind through the park. John D. Rockefeller Jr. funded the building of the roads and donated more than 11,000 acres to the park, according to the national park service.
Listen to the clip clop of the horses' hoofs as you ride through the park. Admire 17 different stone bridges scattered throughout the park. This is a slow, relaxing ride but can get bumpy in spots. So hang on tight.

Hitting the Beach in Acadia

On hot summer days, crowds flock to Sand Beach. Bring your own lunch since there are no concession stands. There are restrooms and changing areas available.
Maine is famous for its cold, clear waters. Even on the hottest days, the water temperature won't rise much over 50 degrees. So you may shiver in the sun.

Listening to Thunder Hole

Thunder Hole is located a short hike away from Sand Beach. Use the Ocean Path.
Thunder Hole got its name from the roaring sound you hear when the waves rush into a small cavern, forcing water and air out and as high as 40 feet, according to the national park service. You may not hear much on calm days. On other days, it sounds like a thunderstorm all day long.
Take a look and listen for yourself here:

Always be careful when visiting Thunder Hole. The rocks can get slippery. If there's a storm approaching, come back and visit another day. The waves can get huge here and have tragically swept people into the ocean.

Crossing the Land Bridge in Acadia

Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island, which is connected to Bar Island via a natural land bridge located just north of the West Street town pier in the village of Bar Harbor. During low tide, the land bridge is exposed so people can simply walk across to the island. The bridge is very popular with joggers and sea shell hunters who find treasures left behind by the tide. Check the local newspapers and television stations to find out the time of low tide, which changes daily.
Don't linger too long on the island or you may be stuck there. You only get 90 minutes from the low tide time. So plan ahead.

Sailing Acadia

One of the best ways to see animals and birds up close is to sail or cruise Acadia. You can take your pick from sail boats, tour boats, cruise boats and even an old-fashioned schooner. Watch for porpoises leaping out of the water or otters swimming past your boat.
Acadia offers several whale watch tours. Most take about three hours but there are refreshments and bathrooms available on board the boat. The crew is friendly and helpful. The captain will even stop the boat completely to let visitors get a closer look at the whales. Some whales swim so close to the boat that they can splash the tourists trying to take pictures of them.
Stay outside if you can. Bring a hooded sweatshirt - even if it's hot outside. It gets very cold and windy out there.
But be warned - the boat travels very fast, and the seas can get rough. That's because the boat needs to get far enough out into the ocean where the whales live. If you are prone to motion sickness, stay outside if you can. You're less likely to get sick if you're outside. Be sure to bring some over the counter medicine with you such as Bonine or ask your doctor to prescribe medication before you go.

Kayaking Acadia

Kayaking Acadia lets you get really up close and personal with wildlife. Be sure to take a guided tour for safety's sake.
Don't forget to look up occasionally while you're on the water. You will see all kinds of birds flying overhead. If you're lucky, you may see a bald eagle soar through the sky.
You may see otters splashing or even seals poking their heads out of the water for a better look at you. But stay alert. Some animals will only surface for a few seconds, and then you may not see them again.
Whether you kayak, hike or bike; you will enjoy visiting one of the most beautiful places in the United States. And you may even get to see an eagle.


The videos came from You Tube.
All photographs were taken by the author except for the kayak photo which was taken by the guide.
This article used some information from the national park service:
For more information on Acadia, go here:
Here is an article I did about how to climb a mountain:
Here is part two in the series:


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author avatar Susan Jane
15th Aug 2013 (#)

What an interesting article about such a beautiful place. As an Australian, this type of information is a useful reference for when I am able to visit the US. Also, my e-penfriend from Colorado has just visited this area, so I will give her the URL to read your excellent account.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
15th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Susan. I definitely would put Maine at the top of the list if you visit the U.S. It's so beautiful there.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Aug 2013 (#)

Connie, just wonderful my friend...!sending you a big Maine hug-:0)-and smile

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author avatar Connie McKinney
19th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for the Maine hug and smile, Delicia. I love your state.

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author avatar Jim Becker
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

To your attention: 

I recently wrote a travel blog on Acadia Nat’l Park for senior visitors and I wanted you to have a copy.   Please share the site below and information with others who might find it of interest.

Seniors Drawn to Maine

Jim Becker, Editor
Senior Citizen Travel
The daily travel blog link

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