• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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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.

Founders of Acadia

Many individuals played a role in preserving the landscape of Acadia in the early 1900s. Charles W. Eliot, president emeritus of Harvard University, proposed that the local Village Improvement Societies create an organization to set aside special lands. With Charles W. Eliot’s blessing, George B. Dorr pursued national park status, and in 1916, presented 5,000 acres to the American people in the form of a national monument. Also during this time the philanthropic efforts of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. lead to forty-five miles of carriage roads being built in Acadia between 1913 and 1940. View the images of Eliot, Dorr, Rockefeller, and others in this photo gallery of Acadia's founders.
 

Did You Know?

Bronze statue of a Passamaquoddy man

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...