I didn’t really know what to expect before visiting Acadia National Park. I’d only been to one National Park before visiting Acadia National Park and that was Rocky Mountain National Park which is much bigger and much more intense.
Visiting Acadia National Park
Do you know what an oligotrophic tarn is? I didn’t either until I visited Jordan Pond.
Oligotrophic = (especially of a lake) relatively low in plant nutrients and containing abundant oxygen in the deeper parts.
Tarn = a small mountain lake
Being an oligotrophic tarn and all, Jordan Pond is exceptionally clear and has views of “The Bubbles” (the mountains in the background).
Side note: I would have loved to hike “The Bubbles” if I had more time to spend in Acadia. Next time!
Precipice Train // Champlain Mountain
Hiking has always been a favorite of mine. When I friend recommended this trail to SL and I the night before we left, we knew we wanted to add this hike to our itinerary while visiting Acadia National Park.
This hike is not for the faint of heart or for anyone who is scared of heights. There are lots of iron rungs, ladders and narrow passages. My only other experience with rungs and ladders is Old Speck which only had a few.
I was a little on edge throughout this hike but each and every view on the way up made everything worth it.
Sand Beach is probably one of the most popular attractions at Acadia. It is nestled in an inlet so there are ocean views and cliff views. This beach is stunning.
The downside – the ocean temperature rarely exceeds 55˚so there would be no swimming for this girl. I love swimming but no part of me wants to take an ice bath.
Thunder Hold is a natural phenomenon. Waves created an inlet and cave over the years (centuries) and when the time is right, there is a thunderous boom that comes from the formation.
We stopped by Thunder Hole twice while visiting Acadia National Park. The first time was in the afternoon and it was packed (on a Tuesday). The second time was after watching the sunrise at roughly 6:45 am and we had Thunder Hole all to ourselves.
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Who loves a 4:10 am wake up call on vacation? No one. But while visiting Acadia National Park, watching the sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain is a must. On the day we were visiting the sunrise was at 6:00 am and everyone told us to be there at least an hour early to get parking.
We wore sweatshirts, packed a blanket and found a good spot to sit.
Then we waited.
The sun came up right at 6:00 am and it was amazing.
These are real cliffs, my friends. No rails, no safety nets, just really beautiful cliffs.
Yes, that is my husband standing on the edge of the cliff. Ugh. I don’t love when he does stuff like that. If you don’t mind heights and love stunning views, check out Otter Cliff.
This is just a smattering of the things you can do/see while visiting Acadia National Park but it was all we had time for while we were in Bar Harbor.
I’ve lived in New England my entire life and yet its beauty continues to amaze me. I hope that SL and can get back to Acadia National Park soon because there is plenty more that we want to see.