Category Archives: Hiking Acadia National Park

‘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 […]

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 […]

Waldron’s Warriors: Volunteer foot soldiers for Acadia hiking trails

On weekdays, Tim Henderson is a computer repairman. Come the weekend, he’s a Waldron’s Warrior, part of an army of volunteers battling vandalism of Acadia hiking trails, and teaching people about the park’s unique stone trail markers known as Bates cairns. Officially, Ellen Dohmen chairs the Bar Harbor appeals board and serves on the advisory […]

School spirit and the Orange and Black Path in Acadia National Park

One in a series of historic hiking trail highlights in honor of the Acadia Centennial When Princeton professor Rudolph E. Brunnow designed this intricate path up the east face of Champlain in the early 1900s, he was apparently as passionate about the trail as his university, since he named it after his school’s colors. In honor […]

New Acadia National Park hiking group open to all

AT LOW TIDE ON THE SAND BAR TO BAR ISLAND – If not for their shared passion for Acadia National Park hiking trails, these very different people might never have met: A teacher, a ranger, a park volunteer, a personal trainer and a blogger. Here they were, hiking together as a group for the first […]

Top platform at Beech Mountain fire tower open in Acadia National Park

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Most people who hike Beech Mountain in Acadia National Park may not be aware of a rare opportunity that could await them at the peak. The National Park Service has begun opening the top platform of the steel fire tower on the peak of Beech Mountain, giving people spectacular, unfettered 360-degree views of landmarks such as Echo Lake and the Cranberry Isles.

Acadia Peaks Grand Tour: 7 days and 48 miles to hike all summits

Another in a series of “Ask Acadia on My Mind!” Q&As. How many peaks is it possible to connect together in one day? We want to hike all of them when we arrive in September. Thank you. – Bonnie Jean Dear Bonnie Jean, that’s an ambitious goal to do what we like to call the Grand Tour of Acadia Peaks.