Acadia National Park, Maine
By Emily Caffry, Girls Who Hike Maine Ambassador
Acadia National Park, established in 1916, is the only national park in the US Northeast, and it is certainly a special place! For me, before I moved to Maine in 2016, a couple family trips there were the only times I visited the state. In the last couple years, I have been lucky enough to visit the park several times in different seasons! I love going in the off season - the fall is beautiful and there is also no fee to enter the park November-April!
Some of the best ways to explore Acadia are:
1. By car -
the Park Loop Road is a 27 mile road around the park with tons of scenic viewpoints to stop at along the way. You can even drive to the top of Cadillac mountain, a great place to watch the sunrise (one of the first places in the US that sees it!) or sunset.
2. By foot on easy trails and walks -
The Ocean Path (highlighted by Thunder Hole), Great Head Path (highlighted by Sand Beach), and Jordan Pond Path are all quick walks with beautiful views of different parts of the park.
3. By bike or ski -
Acadia has miles of wide, flat carriage roads open for biking and cross country skiing (and some to horses as well!), with beautiful stone bridges and woods views.
4. And of course - HIKING!
My personal favorite in Acadia is Dorr Mountain, but there are over a hundred miles of trails.
For more information on this beautiful New England gem, check out https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm.