• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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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.

BioBlitz Series - Ant Blitz

 
A stick is used to look for an ant nest in the grass.

Locating ants can be a challenge.

NPS Photo

From June 22 to 24, 2003, the National Park Service, Acadian Entomological Society, and Maine Entomological Society sponsored a collecting effort to determine the diversity of native ants found in the Mount Desert Island portion of Acadia National Park. Forty-four species of ants were found in six different survey areas, which reflects a high biodiversity relative to the total species richness in the state of Maine (61 species). Several spatially rare species were found, as well as one new state record. This survey provided an excellent baseline community data set for future studies in ANP regarding changes in ant biodiversity.

 

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.