Acadia National Park History
the affluent of the turn of the century came here to frolic,
they had much to do with preserving the landscape that we know
today. It was from this social strata that George B. Dorr came.
He devoted 43 years of his life, energy, and family fortune to
preserving the Acadian landscape. In 1916, Sieur de Monts
National Monument was created with 6,000 acres of land donated
by individual landowners. In 1919, it became Lafayette National
Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River. In
1929, the name was changed to Acadia National Park. Today,
Acadia preserves about 40,000 acres of Atlantic coast shoreline,
mixed hardwood and spruce/fir forest, mountains, and lakes, as
well as several offshore islands.
The two primary park campgrounds on Mount Desert Island are
Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. All sites are
wooded and within a 10-minute walk of the ocean; no sites are
located on the water. The majority of sites are for tents, small
and large, but other sites accommodate pop-ups, vehicle campers,
and RVs up to 35 feet (10.7 m). A maximum of one vehicle and six
people is allowed at each site. There are no hook-ups.
Campground facilities include comfort stations, cold running
water, dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, and water
faucets (facilities at Blackwoods differ in the winter).
Seasonal showers and camping supply stores are located within
1/2 mile of the campground.
There is an extensive network of carriage roads throughout
Acadia National Park, which are closed to automobiles and are
excellent places to ride your bicycle. The carriage roads are
mostly paved with crushed stone and, therefore, are best
navigated on a mountain or hybrid bicycle. Another option for
cyclists is the ~20 mile long Park Loop Road, which encircles
much of the eastern portion of the park. The road is open to
automobiles, but is a one-way, two-lane road for much of it's
length. Cyclists will be happy to note that the Park Loop Road
appears to have been recently re-paved, making for a very
smooth, pleasant ride. Bikes can be rented in Bar Harbor.
Contacting Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park - Website
Route 233 Mc Farland Hill
Bar Harbor, ME 04609