ULTIMATE Guide to Exploring Acadia  National Park in Maine

Coastal Hikes 

Hiking Ocean Path will take you to Thunder Hole, where the rumbling sound of waves crashing at high tide reverberates through your whole body. A stairwell or switchback trail offers access close to the water, and you should arrive up to two hours before hide tide for the best chance of hearing the thunder roar. 

Camping in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park camping is growing in popularity, and you’ll need reservations for any campsite. Backcountry camping is not allowed, and the campgrounds close in the winter. 

Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park

Even 80 years after his death, nature lover George Dorr is still giving you flowers. The Wild Gardens of Acadia are on Mount Desert Island in the Sieur de Monts Spring region. More than 400 species of plants can be found on winding and whimsical paths. 

Schoodic Institute

On the mainland and across the narrows from Bar Harbor is where birders should go because the Schoodic Institute awaits inside a former U.S. Navy base in Winter Harbor. 

Dining Near Acadia National Park

Situated next to Jordan Pond, Jordan Pond House offers sit-down seating and a to-go window for those using the carriage roads. Offering popovers, chowders, sandwiches, and a kid’s menu, this is a great way to refuel your sense of adventure. 

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