The first summer we had the travel trailer we took several trips off Long Island. One of those trips was to Maine. One reason was to see moose (which we did, but not in the park) and the other was to ride our motorcycle up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
The park was first established in July 1916 and then in February 1919 became the first national park east of the Mississippi. In January 1929 it was officially named Acadia National Park. It is believed that as explorer Giovanni Verrazano sailed by the area in 1524, it resembled Arcadia in Greece thus Acadia came from Arcadia.
The park is approximately 49,052 acres and has three main areas: Mount Desert Island, a tract of land to the northeast on the mainland at Schoodic Peninsula (check out our Schoodic National Scenic Byway ride) and to the southwest Isle Au Haut (accessible only by boat). Baker Island and Bat Island also have National Park land.
Acadia offers about 120 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to extremely difficult. There are two beaches with lifeguards, and there is camping permitted in the park. You can spend days hiking, swimming and enjoying the beautiful views at this park.
Part of Acadia is Cadillac Mountain which is the highest point on the east coast of the USA. The 27-mile scenic loop takes you up to Cadillac Mountain and back. On the day we were at the park there were many visitors at the mountain peak and it was extremely crowded. We needed to be very patient to find a parking spot and we weren’t even there on a weekend. There is a visitor center at the entrance to the park and at the top of Cadillac Mountain. Also at the top of Cadillac Mountain along with the visitor center are restrooms.
You can spend days riding either a motorcycle or car on the roadways throughout the park stopping along to way to take in the park’s beauty. If for no other reason, you should at least stop by this park for its stunning views. You will not be disappointed.
Date Of Visit: August 2015
Fees: Entrances Fees Required May to October (see website for fees)
Pet-Friendly: Allowed, Must Be Leashed (see website for restrictions)