Maine Nature October 27, 2016
This Breathtaking Maine Park Will Make A Dreamer Out Of You
Maine has just one National Park. Lucky for us, it’s absolutely glorious. For some, it’s a bit out of the way, but we argue that it’s worth the trip. If you’ve not yet visited Acadia National Park, we thought we’d give you a few reasons why a visit is in order. If you’re looking for some inspiration that will finally encourage you to make the trip, here are a few things that will make a dreamer out of you.
1. The Ability To Enjoy A Meal Outside
There are so many places in Acadia where you can feel immersed in nature, that it's no surprise that people love to picnic here. In addition to specific spots that have tables, you can pull off the road anywhere to enjoy the view and a packed lunch. Just remember to take your garbage out with you!
2. The Park Loop Road, The Road To Nowhere
This beautiful road trip will take you on a 40-mile journey through Acadia National Park. It provides easy access to some of the highlights of Maine's only National Park. All together, it should take you about three hours. Expect to spend more time if you enjoy stopping often and enjoying the view. We recommend truly taking your time with this trip. There's so much to see and so much to appreciate that you should plan on spending the whole day here.
3. The Beautiful, Relaxing Carriage Roads
Created by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. in 1917, these roads don't allow any motorized vehicles and are a great way to explore on foot, bicycle or horse.
4. The Remote Schoodic Peninsula
This remote area of Acadia is the only part of the park that is located on the mainland. It's also one of the most remote portions; it takes about an hour to get to from the main portion of the park.
5. The Booming Thunder Hole
Thunder Hole is so named because of the thunderous sound made by waves crashing into the slot of a cave made in the rocks. The air in the cave becomes compressed with each incoming wave and the resulting noise can be heard throughout the area. There are likely to be lots of people here, so you may need to wait your turn to get close enough to see what's happening. Always be careful of the craggy coastline in Acadia! People have been known to be drenched by surprise waves once they've turned their back. Never turn your back on the water in Acadia.
6. The Rustic Camping Opportunities
Acadia offers outdoor immersion for people of all levels. But, just about everyone can appreciate the camping. Check out the many cheap and convenient spots throughout the park. Blackwoods is convenient to lots of different trails.
7. The Secret Beaches Hidden Within
Because Acadia is so large, there are lots of areas that can be explored off the beaten path. Take Little Hunters Beach, for instance. A little bit of work and you'll be enjoying this slice of heaven all on your own.
8. Enjoying A Meal At Jordan Pond House
The Jordon Pond House offers a traditional tea or more substantial meals. Enjoy the incredible view of the Bubbles from the deck or the grassy area next to the pond. Folks have been enjoying tea on the lawn for a century. Give it a try and you'll understand why it's never fallen out of favor.
9.The Inspiring Otter Cliff
Otter Cliff sits about 110 feet in the air and can be found at the close of the Ocean Walk hike. The beauty of this natural feature comes from the Cadillac granite that can be seen throughout Acadia. But don't expect to see any otters here. The animals were hunted into extinction.
10. The Impressive Skies Over Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain is the tallest peak on the East Coast, north of Rio de Janeiro. It's also the first place in the U.S. to see the sunrise between October and March. So, head there right now!
11. The Perfectly Accessible Ocean Path Hike
Ocean Path is one of the best ways to explore coastal Acadia. While plenty of trails will ultimately give you a view of the waters surrounding the area, this hike will allow you plenty of opportunities to take it in as you go. Hiking Ocean Path will give you views of what many believe to be "classic Maine" - from coast to forest. There are many stopping points which make it a relaxing hike for those who don't want to have to constantly scramble uphill over rock. The trail will take you past Thunder Hole and will end at Otter Point with views of Cadillac and Dorr Mountains.
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