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Fall foliage colors and details in Acadia National Park.

Fall foliage colors and details in Acadia National Park.

This pretty footbridge is one of the most photographed in Somesville.

This pretty footbridge is one of the most photographed in Somesville.

Lobster boats laying at anchor near Southwest Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Lobster boats laying at anchor near Southwest Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine.

Cormorant hunting in Acadia National Park.

Cormorant hunting in Acadia National Park.

Aerial view of a beautiful resort in Acadia, Maine.

Aerial view of a beautiful resort in Acadia, Maine.

Colorful stream in Acadia National Park.

Colorful stream in Acadia National Park.

A young porcupine gazes from a tree in Acadia National Park.

A young porcupine gazes from a tree in Acadia National Park.

Bridge crossing a rocky stream in Acadia, Maine.

Bridge crossing a rocky stream in Acadia, Maine.

Aerial View of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Aerial View of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

People canoeing on a lake near Acadia.

People canoeing on a lake near Acadia.

Lobster Shack in Bar Harbor

Lobster Shack in Bar Harbor

Bubble Rock, A Glacial Erratic Boulder Precariously Perched Atop A Mountain At Acadia National Park.

Bubble Rock, A Glacial Erratic Boulder Precariously Perched Atop A Mountain At Acadia National Park.

Looking at Acadia National Partk from the Beehive.

Looking at Acadia National Partk from the Beehive.

A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

A Humpback whale breaches in mid-air off of the coast of Maine.

The Cobblestone Bridge (Built in 1917) in Acadia National Park.

The Cobblestone Bridge (Built in 1917) in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Autumn Sunrise overlooking Jordon Pond from North Bubble.

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park

Balance Rock, Acadia National Park

Balance Rock, Acadia National Park

Photo by Kevin Shields, from Where in Maine?

Acadia National Park Coastline

Acadia National Park Coastline

A sea gull rests atop granite ledges overlooking Frenchman Bay.

A sea gull rests atop granite ledges overlooking Frenchman Bay.

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Things to do in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi and the only national park in New England. You can go hiking, biking or boating here during the warmer months and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling during the winter. No matter when you visit, you'll be sure to find a favorite spot you'd like to revisit.

Hiking

Whether you're a birdwatcher, rock-hound or botanist, you can find a well-maintained trail to match your interests and hiking abilities. Trails such as the Beehive and Precipice will challenge you with steep ascents but reward you with views of the Atlantic as well as the surrounding lakes and mountains. You can explore a variety of ecosystems—ranging from forests and meadows to marshlands and intertidal zones—by hiking the lowland trails and carriage paths.

Biking

You can rent a bicycle in Bar Harbor to ride along the carriage roads that wind through Mount Desert Island. You can also ride along the 27-mile-long Park Loop Road that connects the island to the surrounding villages. Along the way, you can stop at such destinations as Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Thunder Hole—where you can potentially hear the booming sound of waves crashing into the granite cavern. For a more challenging ride, you can bike along the Summit Road to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Swimming and Boating

You can explore the park's lakes and shoreline by swimming, boating or fishing. You can rent a sailboat, motorboat, canoe or kayak or take a private or group boat tour.

Camping

You can stay overnight at Blackwoods or Seawall campgrounds, both of which provide easy access to the beach. The park is open year-round, so you can also use these campgrounds as your home base for a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trip.

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