Acadia National Park


Acadia National Park comprises 30,000 acres of:

  • Hundreds of miles of walking and hiking trails, particularly including fifty miles of “carriage trails”
  • Lakes and ponds
  • Fresh and saltwater beaches
  • Boundless woodlands
  • Bicycle and jogging paths
  • The highest promontory on the East Coast (Cadillac Mountain)
  • Peerlessly beautiful ocean


Acadia is among the most-visited of the National Parks.  Acadia, along with 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 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).

Proximity to Reception Center for Acadia National Park

Importantly, 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.

The 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.

Things To Do

Just a few of the “things to do” within Acadia National Park include:

  • Bicycling
  • Mountain climbing
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Swimming at salt and fresh water beaches, including at Sand Beach and Echo Lake
  • Photographing wildlife

Additional Opportunities for Things To Do in the Park’s Host-Community, Bar Harbor:

  • Dozens of superior shorefront and mountain top restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, including Hulls Cove’s Chartroom(one of Bar Harbour’s most popular restaurants)
  • 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
  • Maine’s signature lobsters, day or night