• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliff areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

  • 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?

A man boards the Island Explorer bus.

Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...