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Wildlife Destination: Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park Travel Guide

Acadia National Park is located in Hancock County, Maine. The Park is made up of several islands and some inlet areas but is best known for Mount Desert Island which surpasses in size in the northeast only by New York’s Long Island. The island is also famous for Cadillac Mountain, rustic enclaves and its incredible fishing areas.

Wildlife of Acadia National Park

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The height of the Cadillac Mountain area combined with the beautiful Atlantic coast is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, it provides an array of diverse ecosystems within hours of each other. More than 270 different species of birds can be found in Acadia. Many of the birds use the area for breeding. Here you can see the endangered peregrine falcon and the bald eagle. And among the many animals that dwell in the park are coyotes, white-tailed deer, red foxes, snowshoe hares, beavers and harbor seals. Whale watching is another activity at Acadia, you should experience.

Acadia National Park Outdoor Activities

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There are more than 120 miles of trails in Acadia National Park, ranging from the short and brief to the suitably titled Precipice Trail. Many of the trails interlock, which allows hikers to be able to climb several peaks in a single day. There are park rangers that are available to offer advice and sometimes lead you on a guide a tour. There are also numerous private businesses that offer both land based and sea based tours of Acadia.

There are many different types of lodging in the area. For those who are interested in roughing it, there are many campgrounds are available. However, if you are looking for something a little more comfortable, a Bed & Breakfast or a cabin rental may suit you. You can also go to the other extreme and stay at five-star hotels, which overlook the water and are only minutes away.

Location:

Acadia National Park Map
Acadia National Park is situated at Hancock County, Maine.

The winter visitors center is located on route 233 (Eagle Lake Road), 2 miles west of Bar Harbor, Hulls Cove and the main visitors center is on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor.

The Thompson Island information center can be found on Route 3, just over the bridge from the mainland.

Hours of Operation:

The headquarters is open all year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving Day, December 24th - 25th, and January 1st.

Hulls Cove is open from April 15th to October 31st

Thompson Island is open mid May to mid October. Hours do vary.

Contact Information:

Main Office: Acadia National Park, PO BOX 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Tel: 2072883338

Web: www.nps.gov/acad

Expenses:

A 7 day pass entrance for a personal vehicle during June to early October costs US $20. From May 1st to June 22nd the 7 day pass for vehicles costs US $10. Individuals travelling on foot, bicycle or motorbike can expect to pay US $5 for the 7 day pass. Annual passes are available. Most programs led by park rangers are free, however some do charge a small fee.

On-site Amenities:

Some amenities include museums, campgrounds, visitors centers, biking, boating, climbing, fishing, picnicking, scenic drives, tide pooling, horseback riding, and swimming. There are also expert guides, senior and junior ranger programs. Jordon Pond House Restaurant is the only dining facility in the park. They serve lunch, tea, and dinner from mid May though late October.

Frenchman bay and bar harbor from cadillac mountain acadia

Best Times to Visit:

If you are planning to visit Acadia National Park the best times to visit is May through October.

More Travelling Tips:

Acadia National Park Sign
Everything that you would need to purchase can be found in the park. If you plan to camp at the park it is recommended to pack a first aid kit, water, and food. Binoculars, field books, comfortable walking shoes, and seasonal clothing are also recommended. Some ranger-led programs, tours and guides require reservations made no more than 3 business days in advance, so be prepared. You are not allowed to bring any firewood from other areas because it could contain non-native insect species, which could pose a serious threat to the park’s resources and ecosystem. Firewood is available for purchase locally near both Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground in the park.

Acadia National Park Map

Get Directions
Acadia National Park, 109 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA

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