National parks are some of the most popular places to visit for RVers. The untouched land and rolling landscapes grow more popular every year with hundreds of thousands of visitors. One well-known national park and a favorite of RVers is Acadia National Park in New England. Here, an informative overview of Acadia including a brief history, what to do and where to stay.
A Brief History of Acadia National Park
Charles Eliot is believed to have the idea of preserving the lands of Acadia. George D. Boor and Charles’s father are credited with advocating for the land and procuring donations to make the park a reality.
On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson declared the land federally protected. At this point, it was known as Sieur de Monts National Monument. It was declared Lafayette National Park on February 26, 1919. This was later changed to Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929, to pay homage to the former French colony of Acadia.
What to Do Once You Arrive at Acadia National Park
There are some spots that immediately jump out as must-dos. These include taking a trek up Cadillac Mountain to start. This 1,530-foot peak would be quite paltry in other states, but it is actually the tallest mountain on the Eastern seaboard. It offers fantastic views of the coastline and surrounding ocean and no worries if you have mobility issues, you can take a drive right up to the peak.
If you’re looking to get in lots of sightseeing in, your best bet is to take the 27-mile Park Loop Road. This road will take you through several different portions of Acadia and give you several different environments to view including coastline, forests and rolling hills.
If you’re a big fan of wildflowers or an avid bird watcher there is no better place than the Gardens of Acadia. While small at just less than an acre, the Gardens of Acadia give you a great survey of all the different kinds of flowering plants and many of the birds that are found in Acadia National Park.
There are several other activities and things to do at Acadia, the outdoor lovers will enjoy exploring trails on foot or on a bike, kayaking, fishing, geocaching, climbing and, of course, the famous bird watching of Acadia. For those less active, Acadia offers several things to do as well including museums, shuttle tours, visitor centers and there are usually seasonal events lined up for you as well. Acadia has something for just about everyone.
When to Go to Acadia National Park
If you’ve never been to the extreme Northeast you should know that put, it can get cold. Acadia is not the ideal place to go in the winter, not only will your RV need to be prepared for extreme temperatures, many of the portions and roads in the park will be closed off for winter.
The shoulder season, such as spring and fall can be hit or miss for Acadia. You could enjoy some mild temperatures, but more than likely it will still be quite cool. That’s why it's recommended to visit Acadia in the summer for the long hours of sunlight and more bearable weather. It will be crowded, but it will be worth it.
Acadia is an excellent place to smell the salty New England air, explore the majestic Maine coastline, and do some excellent birdwatching. If that sounds like an ideal trip to you, consider Acadia National Park for your next big RV outing.