Category Archives: things to see and do

Running in Acadia National Park a real and virtual delight

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Scaling the Goat Trail and jumping off low rock ledges, Kristy Sharp discovered a new loop over the weekend for running in Acadia National Park, along Norumbega Mountain. “Not one of my usual routes but it will likely go on my rotation. It was great!!” said Sharp, a certified personal trainer in Southwest Harbor, in […]

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 […]

Trails of history, adventures in Acadia, run through Orono

ORONO. – Carrying a map of Maine’s Ice Age Trail that he helped create, Harold W. Borns, Jr., shared some incredible stories about Acadia National Park geology during a recent Centennial event at the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. His friend Joan Netland brought some amazing memories from decades ago, of adventures in Acadia when she was a young […]

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.

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 […]

Tips on bicycling Acadia carriage roads? Ask Acadia on My Mind!

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Hi, we are making our first trip to Acadia  June 26 – July 8. We will camp at Blackwoods. Is it possible to bike from the campground to the carriage roads? Concern is with vehicle traffic and if there is sufficient road shoulder. Thanks. – Jay Miller, Brighton, Mich. Dear Jay, Great timing for your first trip […]

Valentine’s Day treat: Plan a romantic trip to Acadia

Cozy up in front of a fire this chilly Valentine’s Day, and instead of the usual chocolates, roses or champagne, why not propose a romantic trip to Acadia National Park, or even a wedding ceremony in the park? From catching the sunrise on Cadillac, to taking a horse-drawn carriage ride along “Mr. Rockefeller’s roads,” from camping out […]

From winter festival to summer camping, Schoodic offers lots to do

Schoodic Peninsula has long been the quieter side of Acadia National Park, across Frenchman Bay and a world away from the summer hubbub of Bar Harbor. But increasingly, the only section of the park on the mainland is becoming a four-season draw for educators, students, citizen scientists, researchers, birders, families with young children, artists and […]

Acadia in winter a wonderland, with plenty of things to see and do

Snow falling on pink granite shores, sea smoke rising from Frenchman Bay, cross-country skiers gliding along freshly groomed trails: It’s Acadia in winter, the quiet season. You may not be able to drive up Cadillac Mountain or around the entire length of the Park Loop Road this time of year, or enjoy a popover on […]