Ask Acadia on My Mind!

Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park helped prove the Ice Age

Ask Acadia on My Mind!

This page provides a link to our Ask Acadia on My Mind! series of questions and answers. If you have a question about Acadia National Park on your mind, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time fan, feel free to leave a comment below, or contact us through the About us page.

Launched in May 2015 when we got a question on our Facebook page from a first-time visitor interested in camping in Acadia, this Q&A series can help address queries about things to see and do, places to stay and eat, and how to get around car-free.

While our focus has been on the approximately 155 miles of hiking trails in Acadia National Park, as a result of the hiking guides we’ve written for Falcon, we’ve gotten to know other aspects of the park and surrounding communities in our travels as well. We’re not restaurant critics or travel agents, but we have opinions and experience that we’re happy to share if asked.

jordan pond house

Tea and popovers on the lawn of the Jordan Pond House is a must-do for visitors to Acadia National Park. Photo by niece Sharon.

On this blog, we’ve covered such varied topics as running in Acadia, Snowy owls, the park centennial in 2016, history, diversity and nature. Reporting for the blog and the hiking books helps inform what we can bring to Ask Acadia on My Mind!

We may not be able to answer every question, or respond right away, but we’ll do our best. As we answer additional questions in this series, we’ll post links below. Subscribe to our blog so you won’t miss any of our posts.

Have a question? Then Ask Acadia on My Mind!

Planning a trip to Acadia in winter? Question from Tom Campbell of Denver, North Carolina, about climbing Cadillac to see the first sunrise on New Year’s Day – answered December 18, 2016.

Grand Tour of Acadia Peaks: How many to hike in 1 day? Question from Bonnie Jean, about how many peaks it’s possible to connect in one day – answered July 2, 2016.

Camping in Acadia National Park? Questions from Steve and Janet, Anna, and Jaymi, about everything from tenting, RVing, tenting on an RV site, and where to go swimming or get a lobster dinner – answered June 17, 2016.

Visiting Acadia during Centennial? Question from Peter of Eugene, Ore., who doesn’t want to feel like an ant on a trail if it’s crowded in August in the year of the Centennial – answered May 8, 2016.

Bicycling Acadia carriage roads? Question from Jay Miller of Brighton, Mich., about biking from Blackwoods to carriage roads – answered March 8, 2016.

Good place for stargazing in Acadia? Question from Les, about best places to set up telescope in the park at night – answered Nov. 4, 2015.

Looking for romantic things to do? Question from Aaron of Cleveland, who’s celebrating his 1-1/2 year anniversary with his girlfriend – answered Oct. 13, 2015.

Camping or cruise ship question? Questions about finding quiet in Blackwoods from a camper, and getting to hiking trails from a cruise ship passenger, from Robert F. of Boston and Lynn M. – answered September 27, 2015.

Where’s bus to Jordan Pond House? Question about taking Island Explorer, from Nancy Murphy – answered August 29, 2015.

Where to stay, eat in fall in Acadia? Questions from first-time visitor Nancy from Tyngsboro, MA, and from Jessica of southern NJ, who’s running the MDI Half Marathon – answered August 2, 2015.

Planning a visit to Acadia in August? Questions about Perseid meteor showers, Precipice Trail reopening and best spots for scenic photos for engagement announcement, from I.D., Dave, and Q – answered July 17, 2015.

Is Otter Creek a good place to stay? Question from Evelyn Sullivan – answered June 27, 2015

First-time visitor to Acadia? Question about camping in the park from Ryan – answered May 2, 2015

Cobblestone Bridge in Acadia National Park

Cobblestone Bridge can be found along the 45 miles of carriage roads in Acadia National Park, and can be hiked to along the Jordan Stream Trail.

22 thoughts on “Ask Acadia on My Mind!

  1. Travis

    My wife, two-year-old son and I are visiting for a few days April 9-12. Any suggestions on things to do/easy hikes would be great!


    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Travis, thanks for the query! While the main Park Loop Road, including road to Cadillac Mountain, don’t open until April 15, there are still some easy hikes you can do: Wonderland, Ship Harbor Trail, low-tide walk to Bar Island and Jordan Pond Loop. Here’s a link to a Facebook group we created, where you can ask for other recommendations, and up to date conditions. At the top of this group page is a link to a springtime guide we put together, for things to see and do in Acadia:


  2. Carla

    I plan on going to Acadia from May 31st through June 4th. It doesn’t seem like a popular time to go. Is this because of the black fly season? Does that mean we won’t be able to do anything outdoors? How much will it impede our vacation and outdoors activities? Thank you.

    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Carla, thanks for the question. Actually, that’s a good time to go, because it’s less crowded, and the weather is fine. Black flies aren’t much of a problem. We’ve gotten plenty of hiking in at that time of year. There’s even an Acadia Half Marathon that is run around that time of year. Will expand upon this some more as an “Ask Acadia on My Mind!” feature. Thanks for asking!

  3. Rachel Richardson

    Hi! I’m excited to be visiting the park this new year’s weekend! I’m just headed to the area by myself and plan on doing the hike up Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day. While I’m an experienced hiker, I haven’t done an in-the-dark hike before and I would love to try and connect with some others who are planning the hike to meet up with them in the morning. Do you know anyone who is hiking Cadillac Mountain that you could connect me with? Or just pass along my name and email – I would appreciate it!!
    Thank you. Happy New Year!

    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Rachel, thanks for reaching out! We posted your request on a group we host about Acadia National Park hiking, and there seem to be a few good suggestions already. Here’s the Facebook group page, and feel free to join as a member and post yourself:

      We’ll also try to e-mail Tom Campbell, who first asked the question about hiking Cadillac on New Year’s Day, with your info, to see if he’s looking for company.

      Be sure to have the proper gear for the dark and wintry conditions you may encounter. Ice can be treacherous, as a hiker recently found out on the Precipice Trail on Christmas Day.

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  13. Q.fg

    Hello Acadia on my mind,

    First, thank you for this Q&A. It is incredible helpful as I’m researching for my first trip in August!

    I’m also getting married so my friend, who is on this trip, will help take some engagement photos. I’m hoping to have some shoots at the Cadillac Mt. (sunrise/sunset), Thunder Hole, Bass Harbor, the stone bridges… do you have any other recommendations that would make a great shoot?

    Thank you!

    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Q, you couldn’t pick a better place than Acadia for beautiful engagement photos! Will address your question in the next Ask Acadia on My Mind! Q&A. Thanks for checking out the blog.

  14. Dave


    I’m excited to be visiting Acadia with my fiancee this coming August 3-4, for the first time in about 15 years. We’re planning to make the most of our short visit by packing it full of some of Acadia’s best hikes. We’d been hoping to be able to climb the Precipice Trail, but I have since learned that it’s usually closed through August for falcon nesting. Any chance of it opening back up a little early this year? If not, what are some similar alternatives you’d suggest that would be open? Beehive? Jordan Cliffs Trail? We are both experienced hikers, and do not expect anything in Acadia to be beyond our skill/fitness levels.

    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Dave, thanks for the question! Will answer more fully in a blog post in the next week or so, but here are a couple of alternative trails worth checking out. They’re among the most challenging in the park, and are not closed during peregrine nesting season:

      – The Ladder Trail up Dorr

      – Cadillac West Face Trail, beginning at Bubble Pond

      The Beehive is also good, since no nesting peregrines there.

      Will do a fuller answer shortly. You can subscribe to the blog to be sure not to miss the post. Thanks for asking Acadia on My Mind!

  15. Lynn Minkow

    We are arriving on Holland America and will be in Bar Harbor from 7am – 3 pm.

    7 adults (good shape) would like to do some hiking in Acadia – an hour or so hike.
    We would like to take the public bus as transportation round trip.

    Can you suggest which bus to take from near the pier and a trails to hike?

    Thank you!

    1. Acadia on my mind Post author

      Hi Lynn, assuming you’re arriving today, and it’s not too late for some suggestions: Walk over to Village Green park information center (straight down Main Street and right on Firefly lane) and ask for Maureen (tell her Acadia on My Mind sent you).

      Get your visitor’s pass, park map and Island Explorer map from her. Our hiking books may also be for sale there.

      Take the Island Explorer’s Sand Beach line. Here are a few ideas for 1-hour (or about 2-mile round trip) hikes accessible by the bus line:

      – Sand Beach to Great Head Trail – easy to moderate, and a great way to get a flavor of Acadia’s magnificent coast line.

      – Ocean Path – very easy but can be crowded and best to do early. Can start at Sand Beach and walk south past Thunder Hole and as far as Otter Point. Can hop on bus whenever tired, back to Bar Harbor. No need to turn around to Sand Beach since bus parallels Ocean Path.

      – Jordan Pond Path – Take the easier east side of the path, and turn around after half hour so you have 1 hour out and back. It’s easy and you can have lunch at Jordan Pond House. If you’re fast hikers and don’t mind the more rugged west shore, you can just do whole loop around pond, about 3 miles, ending back at Jordan Pond House. Be sure to make lunch reservation before you hit the trail.

      These are some quick ideas. Sorry didn’t get your message earlier. Else would have done a specific Q&A on what cruise ship passengers can do for a short hike. Actually, might still use your question as a jumping off point for a more in-depth Ask Acadia on My Mind! Q&A for cruise ship passengers. Thanks for asking!

      Hope you get this reply on time. Enjoy!


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