hiking Acadia National Park – meh

Don’t get me wrong. I liked Acadia National Park in Maine. But as a hiking destination, you can do better.

Why?

  • The most famous hike, the Precipice Wall, is closed every year from March 15 – August 15th. Peregrine falcons are nesting.
  • Valley Cove Wall, Jordan Cliffs and Beech Cliffs are also closed March 15 – August 15th.
  • no legal backcountry camping
  • it’s often crowded, over 2 million visitors a year in a very small area. Only about 120 miles of official trails.
  • only two campgrounds in the National Park: Blackwoods and Seawall
  • On the bright side, there’s no need to hike to and from your vehicle. Using the free Park bus shuttle opens up all sorts of interesting options.

    And the trails are good. The views excellent.

    Acadia map

    I spent only 2 days in Acadia. Then set off for Mt Washington, New Hampshire.

    … But if I went back to Acadia, I’d plan to mountain bike the Carriage Roads rather than hike.

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