Acadia National Park is the largest park in Maine; it is located on Maine’s southern tips, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It has cobble shores rather than sandy beaches. The sand is mixed with broken bits of shells and skeletons of marine life.

 

The coastline was created by glaciers that retreated into the sea 15,000 years ago; this gives Acadia its jagged shoreline, bays and rocky threshold between the sea and land. Surrounding forests are filled with trees commonly found in New England, such as Oak, Maple, Beech and Birch. It also contains some atypical tree species such as pitch pine and scrub oak woodlands.

Acadia Park owes its current existence to George B. Dorr. He fought to conserve the area after the nearby area of Bar Harbor was quickly falling to the structures of civilization. Today, the park spans more than 47,000 acres, and is home to hundreds of animal species.

Acadia Park has more than 10 all year outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, boating, bird watching, fishing, bicycling and picnicking. During the winter they have even more activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and skijor (dog/horse sledding).

Hiking trails are split between 4 trail types: very easy trails, easy trails, moderate trails, and strenuous trails. Together, the trails span over 20 miles. Very easy trails range from 1 to 1.5 miles long; easy trails range from 2 to 5.5 miles long and feature rugged terrain such as sea cliffs.

The moderate trials are 1 to 2 miles long, however the terrain is quite steep; finally, strenuous trails are 1.5 to 5 miles long, featuring steep cliffs and challenging inclines. The trails can be steep and difficult, wearing appropriate hiking gear is probably even more important for Women, wearing sturdy and comfortable hiking boots or shoes is advised.

Part of the Cadillac Mountains, the tallest mountains on the east coast, runs through the park. The mountains tower over the earth at 1,530 feet. Other terrain at the park include, wetlands, marshes and swamps.

The first known peoples to live in the area were the Wabanaki, a Native American group. From then, ownership of the land has changed hands several times; from the Wabanaki to the French, then from the French to the English and finally from the English to the Americans.

If you want a taste of nature instead of a fistful; an alternative is Bayley’s Camping Resort. It features outdoor activities including rivers for fishing and kayaking. The river near the resort is called the Little River.

It features part of the national hiking trail by the Eastern Trail Alliance, called the East Coast Greenway. The trail is convenient for walking or biking. For those adventurous campers, its entire length goes as far as Florida! A neat bit of civilization will follow you throughout the resort as they offer complete WiFi coverage.

For both of these camping spots, RVs are allowed in the areas as well as tents. They also have cabins for a rustic, yet, practical experience. The Bayley’s Camping Resort and Acadia National Park are great stepping stones for any beginner camper. For those a bit reluctant to leave civilization and thrust themselves into the arms of nature, Bayley’s Camping Resort is perfect. For those a bit braver, Acadia’s National Park is a wonderful place to go to experience New England nature.