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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Central Maine Coast
Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - Friday, October 8, 2004
Established: 1919 (first national park east of the Mississippi)
Annual Budget: $6,277,000 (FY 2004)
Visitation: 2,219,891 (FY 2004)
Highlights: Granite domed mountains, rugged coastline, woodlands, lakes and ponds
Location: Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, ME.
Fees: $20 for 7 days (per vehicle), $5 for 7 days (for pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles), more.
Hours: Open year round, some areas closed in winter, more.
NPS Website: www.nps.gov/acad
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Located on Mount Desert Island along the scenic coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a true gem of the National Parks System. One of the smaller national parks, it is comprised of only 47,000 acres but don't let that fool you. It's the third most visited national park in the country. People come from all around to experience its pink granite mountains, clear lakes, and green woodlands.
One of the park's namesakes is its extensive carriage trail system. Build by John D. Rockefeller Jr. between 1913-1940, the 40 miles of motor-free byways is a great place to hike, bike, or take a leisurely carriage ride.
While visiting the park I had the pleasure of hiking up Cadillac Mountain, road biking Park Loop Road, mountain biking a portion of the carriage road system, witnessing a sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain, and touring the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse.
So, hop in the van, I'm just about to enter Acadia National Park.
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