Category Archives: Hiking Acadia National Park

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.

Acadia National Park hiking books eye history, help benefit park

Like a tour guide through time, generations of Acadia National Park hiking books shed light on historic trails, from volumes dating back to the late 1800s, all the way through the Centennial edition of our “Hiking Acadia National Park.” To celebrate that past, we as Acadia Centennial Partners are donating copies of our 3 editions […]

Camping in Acadia National Park? Ask Acadia on My Mind!

Latest installment in the Ask Acadia on My Mind! Q&As. Thanks to Steve and Janet, Anna, and Jaymi for the variations on the theme of camping in Acadia National Park. Answer includes info about biking, hiking, RV rules, where to swim, and where to get lobster.

Meaning of the Trek, in the year of the Acadia Centennial

Roger and Julie Grindle of Hancock joined a virtual 100-mile Acadia Centennial Trek at the perfect time, with Roger having just retired, and the both of them wanting to walk more to stay fit. They just completed their 100th mile on Ocean Path last week and have the finisher’s medal to prove it. Bob and Helena […]

Endangered falcons take the stage at Acadia National Park

Endangered falcons gave birth to 11 chicks this year at Acadia National Park and now are putting on a show for hundreds of visitors to the park. On Saturday alone, about 160 people stopped to catch the action of  the state-listed endangered falcons  at a “peregrine watch” site in the Precipice Trail parking area below a […]

Following in the footsteps of George B. Dorr, the “father of Acadia”

From the top of Cadillac to the garden-like paths around Sieur de Monts, from the stacks at Jesup Memorial Library to the labs of 2 major research institutions on Mount Desert Island, the presence of George B. Dorr can be felt. Not only was Dorr the “father of Acadia,” he had a hand in creating […]

Springtime blossoms with things to see and do in Acadia National Park

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The peregrine falcons have returned to nest, the rhodora and lady’s slippers are within weeks of blooming, and Acadia National Park is getting ready to open the Park Loop Road for visitors. It’s springtime in Acadia, a season of rebirth and renewal. And making this spring even more worth looking forward to: The Acadia Centennial, […]

Trail magic casts its spell on Acadia National Park hiking trails, virtual race

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There’s trail magic in Acadia National Park, and it shows up in the most wonderful ways. Just last week, 2 hikers who might never have crossed paths except for the virtual 100-mile Acadia Centennial Trek – an official event to mark the park’s 100th anniversary – climbed together for the first time on the Acadia […]