Acadia National Park is an American National Park located in the state of Maine. The place was initially designated as Sieur de Monts National Monument by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Sieur de Monts was renamed and redesignated Lafayette National Park by Congress in 1919—the first national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the Northeastern United States. The park was later renamed as Acadia National Park in the year 1929.
It is the place where Native Americans are said to be inhabited the region of Acadia for more than 12,000 years. They traded furs for the Europeans when they started to arrive in the region during the 17th Century. From then on the some of the regions of the park are named after the wealthy settlers from England. George B Dorr is named as the “Father of Acadia National Park” as he spent most of the life overseeing the transformation and expansion of the park.
The park is huge and occupies a total area of around 49,075acres. The park is home to 37 mammals such as black bears, moose, white-tailed deers, 7 reptiles such as milk snakes, snapping turtles, 11 amphibia such as wood frogs, spotted salamanders 33 fish species such as rainbow smelt, brook trout, and as many as 331 birds including various species of raptors, songbirds and waterfowl.
You can visit the park from spring to autumn, the region is prohibited for motored vehicles. There will be a car, bus tours which are along paved paths. Some of the recreational activities such as bicycling, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing can be done here. There are many guided cars, bus, boat tours can be undertaken if you are visiting the park.
There are many key sites located in Acadia National Park such as Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, Eagle Lake, Sand Beach, Jordan Pond, Echo Lake, Hulls Cove and the Bass Harbor Head Light. #macrotraveller on my first visit here at the park was from a guided tour hence I managed to visit 3 of the many key sites. The sites which I visited were
Cadillac Mountain – One of the tallest mountain which is at an elevation of around 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is said to be the highest point in Hancock County. It is surrounded by the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia and peaks in Mexico. Before it being called as Cadillac Mountain it was named as Green Mountain. It was named after a French adventurer and explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac. Many hiking trails lead to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, however, to see the sunrise is one of the most common attraction.
Eagle Lake – Eagle Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Acadia National park and is one of the must-visit places in Acadia National park. It has an area size of around 425 acres and is seen located as we drive through Mount Desert Island. It is located along route 233 and has many picturesque spots at Stone bridge and Carriage Road. Regulated fishing is allowed and this is permitted for people holding the fishing licence. Some of Specifics of Eagle Lake are it has a depth of around 110 feet, with an average depth of 50ft. Common fish include Landlocked salmon, brook trout, lake trout.
Thunder Hole – Thunder Hole is the place in Acadia National Park where you can experience the thunder of the sea against the rocky shores of Maine! On calm days you may wonder what the fuss is all about. But wait until the waves kick up a few notches. Thunder Hole is a small inlet, naturally carved out of the rocks, where the waves roll into. At the end of this inlet, down low, is a small cavern where, when the rush of the wave arrives, air and water are forced out like a clap of distant thunder. Water may spout as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar! Hence the name: Thunder Hole.
These are some of the key places where #macrotraveller visited on a tour of Acadia National Park, however as this park has many more key places to visit one can visit to explore the regions which are in midst of mother nature.