Category Archives: Hiking Acadia National Park

On patrol with stewards of Acadia National Park’s stone cairns and summits

One in a series on Acadia’s Bates cairns Within minutes of stepping onto the popular Cadillac South Ridge Trail, Tim Henderson spots a couple of Acadia stone cairns vandalized by passersby. “These two cairns are usually broken, destroyed, knocked over or piled up with stones, because it is easy access,” said Henderson, one of an army of […]

Acadia National Park trails work takes a crew with special skills

When the National Park Service needed people with special masonry skills to replace the steps on the acclaimed North Portico of the White House, the agency picked two top trail builders from Maine’s national park and sent them to Washington to do the work. After all, who better to replace the famed staircase at the White House than two people experienced at building stone steps and repairing historic masonry on the Acadia National Park trails?
With about 155 miles of hiking trails, the Acadia trails crew’s work is never done. From masonry to operating heavy machinery, the job has many facets.

Hope springs eternal for springtime in Acadia

Deep snow may still cover parts of Acadia National Park as the first day of spring approaches, but surely it can’t be long before birdsong fills the air, flowers and trees bud and the park rouses from its wintry slumber. Springtime in Acadia is an uncrowded paradise, perfect for hikers, birders, plant aficionados, bicyclists, runners, […]

It’s a good thing: Martha Stewart to give $1M for Acadia National Park

Like any other fan of Acadia during the Centennial year, Martha Stewart hiked the trails, climbing the Beehive and exploring Great Head. Now, as the Centennial year nears an end, to show her appreciation for the park and invite others to show theirs, she has made a $1 million challenge grant to benefit Acadia.

‘Hiking Acadia National Park’ wins National Outdoor Book Award

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

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. […]

Jordan Pond a special fall experience at Acadia National Park

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 […]