History can be seen in all areas of the Acadia: at overlooks along the Park Loop Road, along the miles of carriage roads and hiking trails, on guided ranger programs, and from both summits and coastline.

The map of Acadia we see today has shaped and evolved since its establishment. Developed areas have expanded and grown since their initial planning and construction. Motor roads, carriage roads, and hiking trails criss cross the landscape to give visitors more access for exploration. Park history and the culture of this area are evident in its places: historic structures, lighthouses, memorial paths, bridges, and more.

Two people riding horseback under stone bridge

Carriage Roads and Gatehouses

Learn the history behind Rockefeller's planning and construction of the famous carriage road system.

A fire tower with people standing on the platform

Fire Towers

Two lookouts were located on Beech Mountain and Sargent Mountain, and used for short periods of the park's history.

Wooden directional sign pointing in different directions

Historic Trails

Some routes in the park are part of a impressive historic trail network that stretches across Mount Desert Island.

Historic photograph of a lighthouse on an island


Lighthouses play an important role in understanding the nautical history of Mount Desert Island and along Maine's coastline.

A bronze plaque on granite next to a lakeshore

Memorials & Monuments

The park today contains a wealth of memorials that give us information into its history, establishment, and management.

Historic photo of cars on a scenic road

Motor Roads

Acadia’s motor road system involved engineers, landscape architects, conservationists, local skilled laborers, the federal agencies.

Last updated: August 4, 2021

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