Acadia National Park – the Primary Recreation Area of Atlantic Coasts
Located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor, the Acadian National Park is an American National Park which holds most of Mount Desert Island and its associated islands alongside the cost of Maine. Formerly, it was entitled as Sieur de Monts National Monument as per the word of a presidential proclamation of 1916. In the following years, it was redesignated as Lafayette National Park and in the year 1929, its name was changed to “Acadia National Park”. This park has been labeled as the oldest national park within the United States. It holds the honor of being the only national park in the entire Northeast United States (out of sixty national parks in NPS) that compromises of nine states. Acadia National Park encompasses an area of 47,000-acre and its terrain is primarily marked by rocky beaches, woodland, glacier-scoured peaks including the highest point on the East Coast of United States, Cadillac Mountain, much of Isle Au Haut, parks of Baker Island, and a part of Schoodic Peninsula. It also houses 40 incompatible species of mammalian wildlife including the red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe hares, moose, bears, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and black bears along with some species of birds and aquatic animals in the surrounding waters. Acadia has received approximately 3.5 million visitors in 2017 and has earned the label of being one of the most captivating and enthralling attractions in the Northeast United States.
Labeled as the highest point in the Acadian National Park, Cadillac Mountain stands at the height of 1,530 feet. It wins a lot of superlatives as it is not only the highest peak in the Acadian but is the tallest mountain in North Atlantic seaboard and is known as the first place to meet the rising rays of Sun (from Oct 6 to March 7). This popular attraction offers its visitors various hiking trails and paved road to reach the top. Viewing the nations’ first sunrise is the most popular activity among the visitors.
It is an oligotrophic tarn in the park, covering an area of 187 acres with a depth of 150 feet and a shoreline of 3.5 miles. Jordan Pond Nature Trail and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail, both spill out to the scenic and charming cessation that is Jordan River Here you can view the crystal clear waters that mirror the mountains and enjoy hiking on the trails. Restaurants here are of great interest for the visitors as they serve a diversity of eatables and drinks including soup, lobster rolls and its popovers, and tea.
Occupying about 5% of the Acadia National Park, Schoodic Point is a peninsula which is sited in Down East Main, four miles east of Bar Harbor. The special thing about this place is that it isn’t easily accessible by the visitors. Its terrain is composed of jagged shoreline, granite headlands, and spruce-fir forests. It does not draws crowds but offers a number of irresistible activities such as nature viewing (while on the beach), hiking on four of its prominent hiking trails (the Schoodic Head Trail, Anvil Trail, East Trail lead hikers through spruce-fir forests to pine woodlands at the top of Schoodic Head, and the Alder Trail, less exhaustive, leads the visitors through the scrublands), resting at the Frazer Point picnic area where the visitors are offered tables, water fountains, fire rings, restrooms, and a dock.