Acadia National Park is located on the coast of
Maine. Mountains, lakes, ponds and forests comprise this coastal
park, collectively creating beautiful scenery and providing a refuge for
wildlife and plants.
The Park was established in 1916 and is the
northernmost national park in the lower 48. It also holds the
distinction of being the first national park established east of the
Mississippi River. Today, one-quarter of the population of America
live within a day's drive of Acadia.
Long before the modern era, native people's
inhabited the area at least 5000 years ago. In later centuries,
European explorers arrived.
Mount Desert Island inspired artists and authors
alike, and in turn their works led to an influx of wealthy families and
individuals, some of whose foresight led to early conservation movements
that helped preserve the landscape. The park's first superintendent,
George B. Dorr, came from this movement.
For today's visitor, Cadillac Mountain offers
spectacular views of Frenchman's Bay, while miles of carriage roads travel
through forest, meadow and mountains, providing ample opportunities for
walkers and bicyclers. October is an especially beautiful time of
year, as Acadia is clothed with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.