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Acadia National Park covers much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast of Maine. The area includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England and the first park on the east side of the Mississippi River.

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In the fall of 1604, Samuel de Champlain observed a high-notched island composed of seven or eight mountains rising to bare-rock summits from slopes of birch, fir, and pine. In spite of many changes over nearly 400 years, the area remains essentially the same. The park was created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and became a national park in 1919. It was originally named Lafayette National Park but was changed to Acadia National Park in 1929. The park contains over 50 miles of carriage roads that are suitable for hiking, biking, or horse-back riding. But to see the park in its native beauty, then you need to take a hike on one of the trails found throughout the park. With over 125 miles of hiking trails, you're sure to find one that will match your abilities and provide you with some of the most beautiful and pristine views on the east coast.

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Hikes in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park: Mount Champlain

Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine is Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Located within the park are over 125 miles of hiking trails. During June of 2009, Shari and I vacationed here and got an opportunity to explore some of these trails. The first trails explored was a circuit hike that included a climb to the top of Mount Champlain.




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Acadia National Park: Dorr Mountain and The Tarn

Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine is Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Located within the park are over 125 miles of hiking trails. During June of 2009, Shari and I vacationed here and got an opportunity to explore some of these trails. I first exploration of the trails here took us to the top of Champlain Mountain. This hike had us exploring the Tarn, hiking through the Gorge, and climbing to the top of Dorr Mountain.



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Acadia National Park: A Leisurely Stroll on the Ocean Path

Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine is Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Located within the park are over 125 miles of hiking trails. During June of 2009, Shari and I vacationed here and got an opportunity to explore some of these trails. Earlier we had the chance to climb two mountain to take in the amazing views of the island. This latest hike had very little elevation change as we hiked along the southeastern coast of the island. The Ocean Path trail took us from Sand Beach to Otter Cove.


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Acadia National Park: The Bubbles and Eagle Lake

Located on Mount Desert Island in Maine is Acadia National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Located within the park are over 125 miles of hiking trails. During June of 2009, Shari and I vacationed here and got an opportunity to explore some of these trails. We had done three hikes previous to this one. Two were ascents to the top of two of the mountains on the island, Champlain Mountain and Dorr Mountain. Our third was a leisurely stroll along the shoreline on Ocean Path. This latest outing, and the last during our vacation, was an exploration of two small hills called "The Bubbles". There were 6 of us on this hike as we explored the tops of "The Bubbles" as well as the shoreline of Eagle Lake.

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Acadia National Park: Penobscot Mountain

In June of 2011 I made my second visit to Mount Desert Island in Maine, home of Acadia National Park. Two years ago I had visited the park for the first time and fell in love with it. There are over 120 miles of hiking trails on the island and I only had an opportunity to sample a small portion during my last visit. This visit had me trying some new trails. With rain in the forecast, and coming down heavy at times, I added Penobscot Mountain to my list of granite hills that I climbed in Acadia National Park.



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Acadia National Park: Climbing the Park's Namesake

After three days of rain, we were finally treated to a day of sunshine in Acadia National Park. We took advantage of the nice weather to explore some of the trails on the island. This time we headed to the west shores of Sonnes Sound for a short hike of around 4 miles. We were climbing two mountains on this hike, Acadia Mountain and St. Sauveur Mountain.




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Acadia National Park

  • The Tarn

    The Tarn

    Nestled between Dorr Mountain and Mount Champlain is this small lake, called The Tarn. The Tarn Trail parallels the shore of the lake and offers sweeping views of the pond and the surrounding mountains.
  • Eagle Lake

    Eagle Lake

    This majestic view looks down on Eagle Lake. This is from Conner's Nubble, just north of the Bubbles, near Jordan Pond.
  • Atop Acadia Mountain

    Atop Acadia Mountain

    This view from atop the National Park's namesake, Acadia Mountain, looks south towards the small town of Southwest Harbor. Elevation of Acadia Mountain is a modest 681 feet above sea level.
  • Foggy Morning

    Foggy Morning

    A rainy, foggy morning from the south shore of Jordan Lake. In the distance are the Bubbles.
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