About
Acadia National park

Acadia is among the most-visited of the National Parks.

Acadia, Bar Harbor and, Mount Desert Island, are considered among the most beautiful places in North America.  For the same reason, Acadia is also one of the most richly photographed places in the world. the main Reception Center for Acadia National Park is located within just one mile of the Oceansedge property.  The property’s proximity to the park’s entrance (bicycling distance) is a boon to the property’s guests.

History

The Acadia National Park was encouraged by Teddy Roosevelt, who created the National Park system.  Acadia was organized by Harvard visionaries, largely capitalized by the Rockefellers.  Acadia was authorized in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson (the same President who enacted the progressive income tax which tarnished the Gilded Age for Bar Harbor’s summer elite).

Useful Information

Carriage Roads

The park’s 30,000 acres include 50 miles of “carriage roads.”  The carriage roads are meticulously maintained crushed gravel roads within the park. Vehicles are prohibited on the carriage roads, making them ideal for bicycling and jogging.  The many carriage road routes lead past lakes, ponds, mountain vistas, and on to the several shoreline villages and towns on Mount Desert Island.

Activities

A few activities you are able to partake in during your trip to the park include: bicycling, hiking and mountain climbing, camping, fishing, swimming at salt and fresh-water beaches (including at Sand Beach and Echo Lake) or photographing nature and the abundant wildlife present in the park.

Additional Activities in Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park’s host community of Bar Harbor affords visitors dozens of superior shorefront and mountain-top restaurants, bars and nightclubs – including Hulls Cove’s Chartroom which is one of Bar Harbors most popular restaurants. Other attractions include world-class athletic facilities – including the stunning and historic Kebo Valley golf club – whale watching, deep-sea fishing, sailing up and down Penobscot Bay, dozens of shops and, Maine’s signature lobsters, day or night.