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Acadia year in review: Top news and blog posts, and 2017 ideas and resolutions

Without a doubt, the top news for Acadia National Park in 2016 was the Acadia Centennial, not only as celebration and time to reflect on past and future, but also as a big draw, helping to push visitation over 3.2 million, the highest since 1990. This Acadia year in review rounds up some of the […]

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.

Photographer’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ to grace 2017 Acadia National Park pass

It was foggy, drizzly and raw in early December, not the best weather for being outside. But to John Kaznecki, it turned out to be a near-perfect day for a photo of Acadia National Park. A self-taught photographer, Kaznecki said he attempts to capture with his lens what others might miss in Acadia. And now […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Ties that bind Acadia and new Maine Woods national monument

BAR HARBOR – Pulled up to town at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, because we just had to be in Acadia on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, to celebrate the park and the new Maine Woods national monument inspired by it. As we hiked the trails of Acadia throughout the day, wishing strangers “Happy […]

First-ever virtual running of MDI Marathon to mark Acadia Centennial

For the first time ever, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park, runners and walkers anywhere in the world can join virtual runs of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and Half Marathon, and earn a special Acadia Centennial Medallion. The MDI Marathon and Half Marathon – Acadia100 Virtual Edition is a special […]

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 […]