Comprised of a cluster of islands on the rugged Maine coast, Acadia National Park has a variety of landscapes including granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes, ponds, and ocean shoreline. Steep slopes rise above the rocky shore, including Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Such diverse habitats create striking scenery and make the park a haven for wildlife and plants. There are nature centers where Acadia visitors can learn about the wildlife inhabiting the park, including over 2,500 species of plants and animals.
Hiking and biking are popular Acadia National Park activities. There are more than 120 miles of hiking trails to explore by foot and 45 miles of carriage roads to travel by bike. These byways were established and maintained in the nineteenth and early twentieth century by local improvement societies. In 1919, Acadia became the first national park established east of the Mississippi River.
The Gulf of Maine keeps Acadia National Park weather from having large temperature swings. The average annual temperature in Coastal Maine is 44.3F. During the summer, the surrounding waters cool which means the area temperature is considerably lower than inland temperatures. Expect daytime temperatures to be in the 70’s during the summer though it can climb to 90 degrees and higher during a particularly warm season. Summer nights are cool so campers and visitors should pack accordingly. The region around Acadia receives approximately 46 inches of rain every year.
Acadia Tours and Camping
In addition to exploring Maine’s coastal terrain, park visitors can survey Bay Harbor and surrounding waters by boat. Guided boat cruises led by Acadia park rangers are another popular Acadia National Park activity and provide visitors the opportunity to see marine life like seals, porpoises, and whales up close. Cruises offered during the summer are two or four and a half hours long.
Camping is allowed only on two designated sites—Seawall and Blackwoods campgrounds. Backcountry camping and overnight backpacking is prohibited in order to protect the small and delicate environment. Acadia National Park welcomes pets as long as they are on a leash and supervised at all times. There are campsite limits and restrictions regarding the number of tents and vehicles at each site and how large those items are. Please check with the park for specific rules and guidelines regarding camping at Acadia.