Acadia NP is mostly located on Mount Desert Island (MDI) just off the central Maine coast. The landscape of MDI and surrounding area is the result of among other things the glaciers of recent ice ages. These glaciers scraped soil off of granite mountains leaving barren rock with little soil to support forests. They also cut narrow valleys leaving numerous lakes and ocean harbors.
In the 19th century the remoteness and beauty of MDI attracted the wealthy elite. Among these were Vanderbilts, Astors, Carnegies and Rockefellers. The area became known as Millionaire Row and the town of Bar Harbor grew with numerous hotels and other amenities attracting more visitors.
The wealthy visitors began pushing for a national park to prevent further development that would ultimately destroy the beauty of their playground. John Rockefeller, Jr. donated about 11,000 acres and the national park was created in 1919 becoming the first NP in the east. The park is currently about 50,000 acres and well preserved.
The main attractions of the park are the loop road and Cadillac Mountain.
The loop road is mostly one way and passes numerous rock outcroppings. The most popular section from Sand Beach to Otters Cliffs has a trail where you can explore the rocks and enjoy the views.
Along this trail the rock changes drastically. From the red/pink softly rounded Cadillac granite to sharp black angled rock, to cobblestone filled beaches.
I have to say the cobble stone beach was beautiful, could look at the rocks all day.
Cadillac Mountain is pretty much barren but offers wonderful views of the surrounding forests, islands and ocean/bays. At a little over 1,500 ft it is the highest peak on the eastern seaboard and at certain times of the year is the first place on the east coast to see the sun each morning.
Also, Jordan Lake and the “Bubbles” are beautiful.
We spent part of our honeymoon in 1989 on MDI and visited Acadia and Cadillac Mountain. Below are pictures way back then and now, the landscape has not changed, but we have!!!
Almost twenty-nine years and counting, we would do it all over again if given the chance!!! Peace and Love!!!