Acadia National Park Centennial: Fun Facts

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Ranger & Boys looking Westward in Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island Maine Postcard)

Acadia National Park covers nearly 47,000 acres. While most of the Park is located on Mount Desert Island, there are small islands like Baker Island and Little Moore Island that are also part of the Park. Schoodic Peninsula is the only part of the Park that is on the mainland. It tends to be a little quieter and less congested. The area is well worth a visit. This month we will provide you with lots of information on the Park starting with the site of the National Park Service. There you will find guides to the Park you can download. Go to:

http://www.nps.gov/acad/guides-guide.htm

The Park has not always been know as Acadia National Park. It was first called Sieur de Monts National Monument (1916 – 1919). The name was than changed to Lafayette National Park until January 19, 1929 before it became Acadia National Park. Try this site to find the meaning of “Acadia”.

http://www.affordableacadia.com/2010/the-real-meaning-of-acadia/

Last year was the busiest the Park had been in 20 years. Go to the site below to read all to read all about it. Imagine what this year’s figures will be with the Centennial going on!

http://bangordailynews.com/2016/02/02/news/hancock/acadia-national-park- visitor-level-hit-20-year-high-in-2015/

Acadia National Park is part of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass Series. If you go to this site you can purchase a pass that covers entrance fees at many national parks and national wildlife refuges. Learn more about the America the Beautiful Passes by going here:

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

This site will give you 10 facts about Acadia National Park along with some great pictures.

https://nativeofthenorth.me/2014/09/22/acadia-national-park/

The Parks’ weather is influenced by its nearness to the Atlantic Ocean. The Gulf of Maine warms the area in the winter and cools it in the summer. This site will show you the variations of the weather in the Park.

http://www.climate-charts.com/USA-Stations/ME/ME170100.php

If you are visiting the Park between October and March, you can be the first person in the United States to see the sunrise if you head up to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Go to this site for some tips on how to prepare for this beautiful event:

http://ouracadia.com/blog/2011/07/03/5-tips-if-you-want-to-enjoy-a-glorious- sunrise-from-cadillac-mountain-in-maine/

There are 26 mountain peaks in Acadia National Park. This site lists them along with their heights.

http://acadiaonmymind.com/the-26-peaks-of-acadia-national-park/

There are 57 miles of carriage roads in Acadia National park. See this site for information about the roads:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/back0604.cfm

This site also has information about the carriage roads.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/08/arts/antiques-rockefeller-s-legacy-o roads.html

John D. Rockefeller was the philanthropist who facilitated the building of the carriage roads. Ellsworth Public Library has the book “Mr Rockefeller’s Roads: The untold Story of Acadia’s Carriage Roads & Their Creator” that is mentioned in above article. The book has some great pictures in it.

Acadia National Park also has 120 miles of hiking trails. This site lists the trails and rates their difficulty.

http://www.acadiamagic.com/acadia-hiking-trails.html

Dogs are also allowed on your hike with only a few restrictions; you can check the park web site for the rules. But, go to this site for the best hiking trails to take with your dog.

http://acadiaonmymind.com/2014/09/dogs-best-friend-acadia-national-park/

Before you head out to do any of these wonderful things, go to here to check for any of the Parks alerts or warnings for that day.

https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

As Ellsworth Public Library is a partner of the Acadia National Park Centennial and we are continuing to present programs about Acadia National Park. In August, we will have two more programs. On Aug. 11 at 6pm, Ken Gardner (who trained the Park’s maintenance crews in dry-wall techniques) will give an informal talk on New England stone walls. And on Aug. 25 at 6, Tom St. Germain will talk about the history of the Park’s trails.

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