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    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.

Birdwatching

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Bird List

 

Click here to download Acadia National Park's Bird Checklist.

 
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Birding Areas

 

Sieur de Monts Spring Area
Explore the Wild Gardens of Acadia and Great Meadow, or take a walk on Jesup Trail, Hemlock Trail and Stratheden Trail. For more information on the Wild Gardens of Acadia, click here.

Bear Brook and Beaver Dam Pond
Explore the picnic area as well as the pond and wetland across the street.

Precipice
View the cliff for nesting peregrine falcons (mid-April through early August) and for other raptors passing by and explore the wetland across the street.

Otter Point Area
Explore Otter Cliffs and ocean, Fabbri Picnic Area, Otter Cove overlook from the Fabbri Memorial, area woods, Old Soaker (island off of Great Head and Sand Beach).

Carriage Roads
Grab a bike and binoculars and take a ride. Just about everywhere you go you can find a feeding flock of songbirds. Great starting locations and loops: Eagle Lake, Witch Hole Pond Loop, Aunt Betty Pond, Jordan Pond, and Bubble Pond.

Seawall Area
The Seawall, on both sides of the road, Seawall Picnic Area (remember the cove to the west), Seawall Campground, Hio Road (northern end of the campground, road is closed to vehicles).

Wonderland and Ship Harbor
Both trails and along the road for parts of the Big Heath.

Schoodic Peninsula
Frazer Point and Mosquito Harbor, Loop Road, power-line cut path, and backroads and trails in this area are great for birding.

Cadillac Mountain
In the summer, come early to avoid crowds. In the fall visit with HawkWatch on North Ridge Trail.

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.