Acadia National Park is a treasure on the coast of Maine in the US. The park offers plenty of adventurous activities such as hiking, biking, camping, Kayaking and also breathtaking views. Acadia is the favorite destination for hikers as the park contains 158 miles of hiking trails. Here are some of the top places to visit in Acadia National Park.
Cadillac Mountain is at 1,530 feet which is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. It is one of the best places in the park to view the sunrise. From mid-September to mid-March, Cadillac Mountain is the first place to see the sunrise in the U.S. It offers spectacular views of a glaciated coastal and island landscape.
It is the most popular destination among the visitors. Cadillac North Ridge trailhead is 2.2 mile trail located along the Park Loop Road, half mile past the Y-intersection the road becomes one-way. The Cadillac trail gives you a wonderful experience the higher you hike gets breathtaking views.
Jordan Pond is one of the beautiful spots in the park. It is one of the park’s most pristine lakes, surrounded with mountain scenery. Glaciers carved the landscape, leaving behind numerous geological features.
Jordan Pond’s beauty has become an iconic attraction of visitors. You get to enjoy canoeing and kayaking, exploring nearby carriage roads, or trying famous tea and spend time at the Jordan Pond House.
The best way to enjoy Schoodic Peninsula is to drive through the loop. It is a 6 mile, one-way loop road around Schoodic Peninsula. The loop offers views of lighthouses, seabirds, and forested islands. You can stop your vehicle at pull-offs and enjoy the scenery. Stopping on the road and parking outside of designated pull-offs are prohibited.
Schoodic Point offers a windswept, rocky point providing spectacular views of Mount Desert Island. Schoodic Peninsula, the only part of Acadia National Park found on the mainland, boasts granite headlands that bear erosional scars of storm waves and flood tides.
Carriage roads are accessible year round, though most of the access points are closed December 1 through April 14 due to snow. It is 45 miles of rustic carriage roads. The roads were built to preserve the line of hillsides and save trees. It is a well-maintained carriage road, keeping with the natural contour of the land.
Thunder Hole is a beautiful spot to view some of the most striking features within Acadia. A natural phenomenon caused by right size waves rolling into a narrow inlet. Waves fill the cave with water and air creating a loud sound like a thunderstorm. Thunder Hole is just past Sand Beach while traveling south on the Park Loop Road.