Acadia National Park is the “Crowned Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast” and a true highlight on our Maine tour. The premier national park of the New England, Acadia has a beautiful rocky coastline as well as stunning mountainous views. This landscape was formed over millions of years by various influences such as carving glaciers, relentless ocean waves, wind, and even volcanoes.
It is home to 158 miles of hiking trails. We love to explore the Sand Beach area in the park for beautiful ocean views and great hikes. Walk the Ocean Path and you’ll be treated to the sights and sounds of crashing waves on the rocky pink shoreline. That’s right, it’s pink! The pink rock is Cadillac Mountain Granite and is over 420 million years old! If it’s high tide, you might even get splashed at Thunder Hole!
Hike to the top of Gorham Mountain and get spectacular views of the coastline, including Sand Beach and Great Head.
Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in the park, AND along the entire US Atlantic coast at 1,530 feet! We like to visit the top at sunset. You are rewarded with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, Bar Harbor, and the Cranberry and Porcupine Islands.
Another unique feature of Acadia National Park are the 45 miles of Carriage Roads closed to all vehicles. Built by the Rockerfellers, they were originally meant for horse drawn carriages. These trails are now used by bikers, hikers, horseback riders and yes some horse carriages, and provide a traffic free way to experience the park.