I was lucky to be able to take a three-hour drive north to Acadia National Park where I camped two nights and hiked three days with my parents. Over that time I realized that, while the outdoors and beautiful views are always something to marvel at, sleeping in those woods (filled with Black Bears) aren’t exactly my idea of fun.
However, despite my fears of being eaten by a bear or wild dog, I was overwhelmed by the beauty that nature has created (+ we’ve tried to preserve while still hosting thousands of visitors a year). I’ve decided to make a list of the top 10 most interesting facts I found on Acadia online (thanks google!) . . .
1) Cadillac Mountain, located within the park, is not only the highest mountain along the Atlantic Coast but also one of the first places to see the sunrise in the United States each morning. It sits at 1,530 feet.
2) There are a total of 26 mountains in Acadia National Park.
3) John D. Rockefeller Jr. was responsible for the construction of many of the miles of carriage roads in the park. He also donated all the land to the state of Maine to become a National Park.
4) There is a rock formation in the park called Thunder Hole. It creates the sound of thunder when waves roll in and shoot air and water up through the cavern.
5) 20% of the park is classified as wetlands. In each of these wetland areas at least one rare plant grows.
6) Acadia offers visitors more than 120 miles of hiking trails.
7) Lodging inside Acadia National Park is limited to campgrounds as there are no hotels or motels within the limits of the park. Visitors can find a number of accommodations within a few miles of the park. The campsites at Acadia include Blackwood and Seawall campgrounds that offer limited amenities.
8) Acadia National Park is made up of 47,390 acres of land.
9) The Park was established in 1919. The park was created by President Wilson on July 8, 1916 as Sieur de Monts National Monument. In 1919, the name was changed to Lafayette National Park, and finally in 1929 it became Acadia National Park.
10) My father wanted us to do Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park, but my mother and I wouldn’t go . . .
*some brave soul on the Precipice trail!
Some iphone photos from our trip! (minus the little brother)