• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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  • Temporary Road Closure

    A section of the Western Mtn Road in Southwest Harbor will be closed until 8/18 while park crews replace a culvert with a new fish-friendly open bottom culvert. For more information and a map visit our Getting Around Page. More »

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.


Native American diorama

Native American and canoe from diorama.


The Wabanaki
Native American peoples have inhabited the land we now call Maine for 12,000 years. To learn more about their long history and diverse culture, click here. Ethnography: Asticou's Island Domain: Wabanaki Peoples at Mount Desert Island, Volume 1 and Volume 2.

George B Dorr.

George B Dorr.


George B. Dorr
Known as the father of Acadia National Park, Dorr spent most of his adult life bringing the park into being, caring for the park, and expanding it. To learn more about his contributions to the area, click here.

Charles W Eliot

Charles W Eliot at Jordan Pond.


Charles W. Eliot
Inspired by his son's passions and fueled by a love of the land, Eliot helped create Acadia National Park. To learn more about his contributions, click here.

Rock Cairn Bates

This four-rock cairn was named after Bates.

NPS/Todd M. Edgar

Waldron Bates
On a giant boulder at junction of Gorham Mountain and Cadillac Cliffs Trails is a commemorative bronze plaque that is passed by three or four hundred hikers every summer day. To learn more about to whom this plaque is dedicated and why, click here.

Historic Trustees of Public Reservations
Early path committees helped shape Acadia National Park.
H.W. Gleason

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.