Acadia National Park Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Acadia National Park

If you have extra time, Schoodic Point is worthwhile.
  • #1
    Cadillac Mountain
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    #1 in Acadia National Park
    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest mountain in the park, but it's the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard and the first point of the United States to greet the rising sun's rays from Oct. 6

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  • #3
    Jordan Pond
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    #3 in Acadia National Park
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Both the Jordan Pond Nature Trail (an easy stroll through the evergreens) and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail (a more difficult trek along the rocky coast) spill out to the picturesque and pleasant respite that is Jordan Pond. Pick your poison (or trail) and at the end, you'll find crystal-clear

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  • #4
    Schoodic Point
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    #4 in Acadia National Park
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    As the only portion of Acadia National Park that's actually located on the mainland, Schoodic Point isn't as easily accessible as some of the park's other major attractions. But that's precisely why recent travelers found this area so special. Much like Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Point is composed of a

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  • #5
    Sand Beach
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    #5 in Acadia National Park
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Sand Beach is filled with sharp shells and its water rarely warms above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. But still, this is the most popular of the park's two beaches. Why? Because the views here are outstanding. Sandwiched between two walls of solid pink granite and surrounded by towering evergreens, the 290-yard-long

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    Carriage Roads
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    #6 in Acadia National Park
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Carriage Roads are a 57-mile long network of paved paths created and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940. Over the course of the 27-year project, Rockefeller hand-designed the paths to highlight the best scenery the park had to offer, circling aroundJordan Pond, Eagle Lake and

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  • #7
    Otter Cliff
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    #7 in Acadia National Park
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Another classic stop along thePark Loop Road, Otter Cliff is a giant 110-foot-high granite precipice with one of the most breathtaking ocean views on the East Coast. Be careful not to fall off the ledge as you burst through the spruce trees that cap the precipice. In the summer, you'll

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  • #8
    Thunder Hole
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    #8 in Acadia National Park
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    A raucous natural phenomenon, this semi-submerged cave booms an hour or two before high tide. Waves fill the cave in such a way that the slapping is as loud as a thunderstorm — hence the name — and water can spray as far as 40 feet, so wear a poncho

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  • #9
    Precipice Trail
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    #9 in Acadia National Park
    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts to attempt it. The challenging, 2-mile round-trip path has visitors scrambling up the side of Champlain Mountain by iron rungs and ladders fixed to exposed cliffs, all for a scenic

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