Tag Archives: Mount Desert Island

Full speed abed: Hundreds watch raucous MDI bed races | Bangor Daily News

Full speed abed: Hundreds watch raucous MDI bed races | Bangor Daily News.

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Fall hikes immerse you in nature’s wonders | Bangor Daily News

Fall hikes immerse you in nature’s wonders | Bangor Daily News.

Under ocean, hidden lake provides insight into Maine’s coastal history | Bangor Daily News

Under ocean, hidden lake provides insight into Maine’s coastal history – Bangor Daily News.

Obamas leave Maine coast after busy weekend getaway | Bangor Daily News

Obamas leave Maine coast after busy weekend getaway | Bangor Daily News

Obama family continues vacation in Vacationland

Visitors, locals upbeat during Obama family visit | Bangor Daily News

Obama family spends active day on MDI | Bangor Daily News

Obamas continue busy vacation with lighthouse visit | Bangor Daily News

Some spectators find, others miss Obamas’ trail | Bangor Daily News

First family samples the way life should be | Portland Press Herald

Maine beer never made it through White House gate | Portland Press Herald

Obamas’ Maine weekend: biking and ocean views in Acadia National Park | Lewiston Sun Journal

Obama family in Maine for vacation

Obamas start vacation on MDI with bike ride | Bangor Daily News

Presidential vacations rarely go as smoothly as planned | Bangor Daily News

Maine’s ‘first’ tourists: State’s woods and waters have drawn presidents from Arthur to Bush | Bangor Daily News

Bar Harbor looks forward to Obama arrival | Bangor Daily News

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Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some RandR | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obamas coming to Mount Desert for some R&R | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Acadia park visitation up in ’09 | Bangor Daily News

Acadia park visitation up in ’09 – Bangor Daily News.

Acadia Park slows down marine proposal | Bangor Daily News

Acadia Park slows down marine proposal – Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s Acadia National Park sparkles, especially in autumn

It has been years since I visited Acadia National Park on Maine’s central coast, yet the images in my mind of the place are many, crystal clear and readily retrieved.

The stark and explosive beauty of the rugged Maine coastline, the stunning grandeur of its rich forests, its dazzling colors, especially in autumn, cause Acadia National Park to be one of the most visited in the system despite being one of the smallest.

It should be high on any destination list for anyone visiting downeast.

There is plenty to do there – hiking, biking, birding, rock climbing, swimming, camping, ranger-led programs and more. It is a great place for a photographer or painter, or for a writer to find inspiration.

I found a National Geographic Magazine feature on a few of the nation’s fabulous national parks, including Acadia National Park. It includes a story, photos, map and other elements, including a list of visitor tips. Below are links to websites to get more information about helping preserve the park, park hours and fees, and a history of the National Park System and Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park

Location: Mount Desert Island, Maine

Size: 47,000 acres

Trails: 135 miles and growing

Lakes and ponds: More than 20

Volunteers: About 3,500 perform about 40,000 hours of work each year

Named national monument: 1916, and three years later was listed as a national park, the first east of the Mississippi River.

More links

Acadia National Park: Visit this site for facts about Acadia, including current activities and trail conditions.

http://www.nps.gov/acad

Friends of Acadia: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving and improving the park.

http://www.friendsofacadia.org

Bar Harbor Historical Society: Learn more about the history of Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island.

http://www.barharborhistorical.org/index.html

National Park Service: This website gives a history of the park service with links to other resources.

http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/hisnps/NPSHistory/npshisto.htm

Fire of 1947: Read this park service summary of the fire that burned thousands of acres of Acadia National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/acad/burned.htm

Acadia Mountain Guides: Anyone planning to hone their rock-climbing skills should check out this website to sign up for courses or rent equipment. Instructions are available for rock climbers at all levels.

http://www.acadiamountainguides.com

Down East Nature Tours: Avid birders should look here to find out more about birding trips, photography tours, and camping excursions, which are available seven days a week all year.

http://www.mainebirding.net/downeast

 GORP.com: Plan your trip with tips from this website, which provides comprehensive national park information and recommendations. Participate in the Acadia online forum to get first-hand reviews from other visitors.

gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_national_park/me_acadi.htm

American Park Network: Research the history of Acadia National Park, discover things to do, and locate lodging options on this website. Be sure to click on “Just for Kids” to learn about child-friendly activities.

http://www.americanparknetwork.com/parkinfo/ac/activities/activities.html