- Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain - Watch a fast-motion sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain. Video courtesy Kristi Rugg. (There is no sound with this video.)
At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in Acadia National Park, but it is also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States.
Millions of years ago, the earth’s tectonic and volcanic forces pushed the land upward to form the mountains on the island. Then, during ice ages that followed, huge 1-2 mile high and slow moving glaciers sheared off the top leaving the rounded off appearance we see today.
Largely composed of pink granite, it is covered with spruce and pitch pine forests, tiny sub alpine plants (such as cinquefoil), short gnarled trees, wild blueberries, and boulders of all sizes and shapes.
Plan your visit to Acadia National Park and learn tips for viewing the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.