Give the gift of art or photos of Acadia National Park for the holidays

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For centuries, the scenery of Mount Desert Island has captured the imagination of artists and photographers alike, from Frederic E. Church of the Hudson River School of painters, to QT Luong, the first person to take large-format photographs of all 59 national parks. Maybe you’ve got fans of art or photos of Acadia – or […]

Special Acadia holiday gift ideas to ring out the Centennial year

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For the Acadia National Park fan on your shopping list, or for a year-end charitable donation, the Centennial offers a once-in-a-century set of Acadia holiday gift ideas. Plus we’re announcing 2 new merchants to our blog’s affiliated marketing partnerships on this Cyber Monday, to make coming up with special Acadia holiday gift ideas even easier: REI, where […]

Acadia Centennial helps draw record 3.2 million visitors to park so far in 2016

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The Acadia Centennial has helped attract more than 3.2 million visitors so far to the national park this year, capped by record attendance for October. An eye-popping 412,416 people visited during October, up 19.8 percent from last year’s monthly record of 344,362, according to statistics from the National Park Service. Through October, visitors during the […]

‘Hiking Acadia National Park’ wins National Outdoor Book Award

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Joining the ranks of such classic books as the “AMC White Mountain Guide” and “Walden,” the 3rd edition of “Hiking Acadia National Park” has just won the National Outdoor Book Award, considered the “outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program.” In describing the guidebook to hiking Acadia, “a place that inspires and regenerates the soul,” the […]

Acadia Centennial Trek Challenge: Run, walk 100 miles, or shop for the park

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This time of year, as we think of giving, gratitude, and the end of the Centennial, we’ve come up with a new idea to celebrate and help raise extra funds for the park: The Acadia Centennial Trek Challenge. The idea came to us after we got a Friends of Acadia Annual Fund mailing this weekend. […]

Global field of 400 racers covers 30,000 miles in Acadia virtual runs

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To celebrate the Acadia Centennial, nearly 400 people from around the world have crisscrossed virtual routes on Mount Desert Island this year, collectively logging more than 30,000 miles of running, hiking or walking, and helping to raise funds for the park. Among the most recent finishers of the Acadia virtual runs: 10-year-old Lukas Modrusan of […]

Acadia Centennial year nears end with volunteer day, time capsule

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The summer crowds are gone, fall foliage just a memory, but the Acadia Centennial celebration continues with Take Pride in Acadia Day on Nov. 5, with volunteers getting carriage roads ready for winter, and Acadia Bicentennial Time Capsule dedication on Dec. 10.

Jordan Pond a special fall experience at Acadia National Park

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One in a series of historic trail highlights celebrating the Acadia Centennial The path around Jordan Pond is an ideal hike for any time of year but it is especially beautiful in the fall. The fall colors around Jordan Pond are spectacular if you catch them at peak, as we did on Saturday, Oct. 15. We especially […]

Bar Island Trail one of a kind in Acadia National Park

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One in a series of historic trail highlights leading up to the Acadia Centennial The Bar Island Trail is one of a kind in Acadia National Park. The wooded, rocky island can only be reached at low tide each day, starting at a sand bar that begins at the end of Bridge Street in Bar […]