110 years ago first gift for what would become Acadia National Park made by Eliza Homans

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Many people know that Acadia National Park celebrated its centennial in 2016, but few realize that it was 110 years ago this month that Eliza Homans of Boston provided a stunning donation of land that helped launch the creation of the park. In May 1908, Homans, then a longtime seasonal resident of Mount Desert Island, […]

Celebrating Acadia birds amid Year of the Bird, climate change worries

Enthusiastic birders flock to Mount Desert Island annually to celebrate the diversity of Acadia birds. Now, as the Acadia Birding Festival marks its 20th anniversary May 31-June 3, the gathering comes during a time of urgency: A new study identifies as many as 66 species of Acadia birds that could become locally extinct by the year 2050, if nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions. This is the Year of the Bird, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that protects birds, and also sound the alarm about climate change’s potential impact and other threats, with the hope of preventing species from becoming modern-day equivalents of the canary in a coal mine.

First history of Acadia island sheds light on Baker Island and keepers of lighthouse

A new book about Baker Island tells the fascinating history and lore of the Acadia island known for its lighthouse. Author Cornelia J. Cesari is president of the board of directors of the nonprofit Keepers of Baker Island, which helps preserve a place that so many visitors to Acadia National Park have cherished.

Acadia adds $284M to economic benefits of national parks, local businesses

Acadia National Park last year pumped $284 million in jobs and business activities into the regional economy, according to an annual report on the economic benefits of national parks. Acadia National Park supported 4,163 full and part-time jobs in 2017, down slightly from 4,195 jobs in 2016, as businesses last year struggled to find help […]

Car reservation system among dramatic proposals to control Acadia traffic

Acadia National Park is proposing some dramatic changes to manage a sharp increase in visitors, including establishing vehicle reservations at an additional fee for Cadillac Summit Road, the Ocean Drive corridor and the north lot of the Jordan Pond House from about mid-May to mid-October. In the 215-page draft environmental impact statement for a new […]

“Hiking Acadia National Park” wins gold medal in international book awards

“Hiking Acadia National Park” received top honors in the Independent Publisher Book Awards travel guide category, joining winners from 43 US states, 6 Canadian provinces and 11 overseas nations, in the 22nd year of the “IPPY Awards.”

Wanted: Acadia camping with a view, or in the backcountry

Planning an Acadia camping trip and want to know what sites offer views, or a backcountry experience? Find out about how to avoid crowds if camping in Blackwoods in August, and where to get a lobster to have by the campfire. And learn the latest about online reservations for all park campgrounds, including Duck Harbor for the first time this year.

Hope springs eternal for springtime in Acadia National Park

Deep snow may still cover parts of Acadia National Park, but surely it can’t be long before birdsong fills the air, flowers and trees bud and the park rouses from its wintry slumber. Acadia in springtime is an uncrowded paradise, perfect for hikers, birders, plant aficionados, bicyclists, runners, photographers, or anyone who enjoys the outdoors […]

Acadia’s Ship Harbor ideal for hiking Maine coast in all four seasons

Whether in winter, spring, summer or fall, Ship Harbor Trail in Acadia National Park offers easy access to great views. Plus there’s the mystery of the shipwreck, the unusual tree stump, the tide pools that can be explored and plentiful birdlife, to keep you coming back. You can also follow in the footsteps of President Obama by hiking this trail.

Rites of spring in Acadia: Mud season closes carriage roads, fundraisers blossom

In an early sign of spring in Acadia National Park, officials closed the carriage roads on Friday for mud season, and fundraisers to benefit the park are popping up like snowdrops. Before you know it, the peregrine falcons will be returning to nest, usually closing the Precipice Trail and other cliff climbs by late March; […]