Since people have interacted with this place since time immemorial, history is infused in every rock and road. They lived with the land and sea, leaving behind a window into the living heritage of this landscape. With the creation of Acadia National Park, engineers, planners, designers and skilled workers added places places and spaces with visitors in mind. Explore these places that make up Acadia National Park.
Carriage Roads & Gatehouses - 1913-1940
Learn the history behind the design, planning, and construction of the famous carriage road system.
Historic Trails - 1800s - 1930s
Mount Desert Island’s present-day trail system evolved over centuries of human use and settlement of the land.
Motor Roads - 1922-1958
Acadia’s motor road system involved engineers, landscape architects, conservationists, local skilled laborers, the federal agencies.
Lighthouses play an important role in understanding the nautical history of Mount Desert Island and along Maine's coastline.
Historic Structures & Bridges
Learn about the buildings, bridges, and other historic structures of Acadia and the people who built them.
Last updated: April 25, 2022