Acadia National Park, located on the rugged coast of Maine in the United States, was conceived in the hearts of men and created as a gift for the American people to enjoy and preserve for future generations. It is a unique place that pleasures the senses and enriches the soul of those ready and willing to receive it. For many, Bar Harbor is the doorway to her splendor through which we may choose to enter in order to be cleansed and transformed. There is no other place like this on the east coast of North America. Perhaps, it was appropriate, that the original name for Bar Harbor was Eden. (history)
The surge in development during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, alarmed a few private citizens enough for them to try and protect the undeveloped sections of Mount Desert Island and other locations nearby.
The vision and land donations of people like George B. Dorr and Charles W. Eliot created an important foundation for what was to follow. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. acted further with land donations of over 11,000 acres and played a critical role in the development of the famous Carriage Road System built on Mount Desert Island (1915 - 1933).
The Park was established first as Sieur de Monts National Monument in July 1916 but then was changed to Lafayette National Park in February 1919. It officially became Acadia National Park in January 1929 and was the first National Park formed east of the Mississippi River.
There are currently over 47,000 acres in Acadia and this is largely divided into three main sections; Mount Desert Island (the green in the map above), Schoodic Peninsula, and the lesser known, Isle au Haut (accessible by boat only).
There are numerous and spectacular places that you will want to see for yourself. To the left are just a few. Select whichever one you would like to become familiar with. For a more extensive list, visit AcadiaMagic.com.
The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular stops (in season) at various locations on Mount Desert Island in the Park and villages, in Trenton, and at the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park on the mainland. The Free Shuttle Bus also makes regular stops at the Bar Harbor Village Green.
Visitor Center GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.409286; Longitude -68.247501
Sand Beach Entrance Station GPS: Latitude 44.338797; Longitude -68.183168
Explore & Discover Acadia National Park