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Acadia National Park

  • End of Moore Rd. Map It
  • Winter Harbor
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2016

Fodor's Review

The only section of Maine's national park that sits on the mainland is at the southern end of the Schoodic Peninsula in the town of Winter Harbor. The park has a scenic 6-mile loop that edges along the coast, yielding views of Grindstone Neck, Winter Harbor, Winter Harbor Lighthouse, and, across the water, Cadillac Mountain. At the tip of the point, huge slabs of pink granite lie jumbled along the shore, thrashed unmercifully by the crashing surf, and jack pines cling to life amid the rocks. Fraser Point, at the beginning of the loop, is an ideal place for a picnic. Work off lunch with a hike up Schoodic Head for the panoramic views up and down the coast. During the summer season you can take a passenger ferry ($22 one way, $32 round-trip) to Winter Harbor from Bar Harbor. In Winter Harbor catch the free Island Explorer bus, which stops throughout the park, but you'll need to take the ferry to get back to Bar Harbor.

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End of Moore Rd., off Rte. 186, Winter Harbor, Maine, 04693, USA

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Website: www.nps.gov/acad

Published 07/22/2016


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