Acadia National Park is an amazing gem that is tightly tucked on the outside of Bar Harbor, Maine. It is essentially on an island which is home to some of the most beautiful and lush coastal views in the entire state. Acadia National Park is an Atlantic coast recreation area primarily located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Woodland, rocky beaches, and beautiful granite peaks mark Acadia’s landscape.
Tourism throughout the area is very common during the summer months. The local surrounding towns become filled with people from all over the world with many different outlooks on life. Therefore, properly planning your trip here is important. I certainly don’t want you to think I’m preaching to you by any means, but proper preparation perfects poor performance. Yes, you can find seclusion in the park at any time of year, but if you are a nomad like myself, it’s best to visit in either the spring or late fall. Due to the park being right next to the ocean you can find yourself battling the elements in all seasons. Henceforth, why it is so important to be prepared for your hike. As Malcolm X once said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Upon entering Acadia National Park you’ll find yourself staring at the highest summit in the park, Cadillac Mountain, which has an elevation of 1,530 feet. In an effort not to make the same mistake I did, I feel obligated to inform you that there is a road in which you can drive to the summit. During my first visit in the park I was unaware of this an found myself staring at multiple cars of people who were taking photos of the beautiful landscape. Although, I am a fan of people being able to see such beautiful views who otherwise wouldn’t get that opportunity, I however wasn’t impressed. The sense of joy that overcomes someone once they summit a new peak for the first time is unexplainable. However, I found myself observing the people dressed in everyday clothing who expelled little effort to get to the top. They didn’t have to work to get there, and I was slightly discouraged. This didn’t stop me. I hiked back down the way I came and proceeded to conquer three additional trails that day.
I ended the day by hiking the Jordan Pond Loop which brought me to one of the most beautiful sights I have yet to lay my eyes upon. At first the trail seems like a walk on the beach, literally. I will add that walking a beach in hiking shoes is a little strange, but once you reach the end of the beach you will have to traverse over a small stream and onto the beautiful granite you go. It’s not a long hike but it’s very rewarding. Once you reach the top, you’ll find yourself standing on a cliff which will be overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Just off the shore line you can see multiple lobster traps bobbing through the waves and if you’re as lucky as I was you may even spot a dolphin or two off in the distance of the ocean. As Ben Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
This article was written by The Mountain Frog. Follow him and his other adventures on Instagram. I would also like to congratulate Caleb on his acceptance into Mannheim University located in Germany! I wish the best for you buddy. You’re going to enjoy it!