Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park off the Atlantic coast in the U.S. state of Maine is the oldest designated national park area east of the Mississippi River. It includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands and lakes and comprises Mount Desert Island, much of the Isle au Haut, parts of Baker Island, and a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland. In total, Acadia National Park consists of 49,052 acres. The permanent park boundary, as established by act of Congress in 1986, includes a number of private in-holdings that the park is attempting to acquire.

Cadillac Mountain, on the eastern side of the island, with its green, lichen-covered, pink granite summit is, because of a combination of its eastern location and height, one of the first places in the United States to see the sunrise.

The park is home to some 40 different species of mammalian wildlife. Among these are red and gray squirrels, chipmunks, snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, moose, porcupines, minks, muskrats, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and black bears. And after a  large fire in 1947 cleared the eastern half of the island of its coniferous trees, permitting the growth of aspen, birch, alder, maple and other deciduous trees, beavers were also enabled to thrive.

  • Visited: October 2010

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