UPDATE 4/3/15: Just learned of a way you can get a copy of “Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park” for free – by joining the American Hiking Society at the family level. FalconGuides, publisher of the guide, is one of AHS’s partners in its Families on Foot initiative, to encourage families, particularly those with kids, to hike.
Officially published today, April 1, and Amazon.com is already selling our new third edition fast! Only 15 copies of “Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park” in stock as of this morning, and more will be on the way.
(See sidebar for note about Amazon.com links in this blog. The book is also available for purchase online at www.barnesandnoble.com and elsewhere. And it should also be available in Bar Harbor at Sherman’s Bookstore and at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center when it opens up for the season.)
Light in weight, deep in content
The 4.2 x 0.3 x 7-inch, 2.7-ounce paperback is the perfect size for a day pack or even a large jacket pocket, and includes the newest trails, the Quarry and Otter Cove Trails, inaugurated just last June, during National Trails Day.
These new trails are an important addition to the efforts by Acadia National Park and the Friends of Acadia to create a car-free – and carefree! – experience in the park, by connecting Blackwoods Campground to Gorham Mountain, and allowing Otter Creek residents and visitors to more easily stroll down to Otter Cove and other parts of the park.
A total of 21 day hikes are featured in the new book, including such popular ones as Sand Beach and Great Head Trail, Wonderland and Jordan Pond Path. But you won’t find the Beehive or the Precipice in this book of easy hikes, or the trails on Schoodic Peninsula or Isle au Haut.
For those hikes, you can refer to the 2nd edition of our “Hiking Acadia National Park,” or wait for the 3rd edition to come out in 2016, Acadia’s Centennial year.
“Best Easy Day Hikes” provides directions to trailheads, easy-to-follow maps, GPS coordinates, and a trail finder to help you select the best hikes for children, peak baggers or dogs, and bits of history and tips on avoiding crowds.
New to the 3rd edition: New Island Explorer bus stops, if you are visiting during peak season and want to make use of the increasingly popular fare-free service; and an appendix with contact information for the park, local nonprofits, historical societies, and chambers of commerce.
There are no photos, however, to help keep it a handy pocket guide. For color photos, see the big book, “Hiking Acadia National Park,” or check back at our blog as we continue with our historic hiking trail highlights series leading up to Acadia National Park’s Centennial.
The other thing that’s new about the 3rd edition, compared with the 2nd: An updated description of the Great Meadow Loop and Jesup Path, to encourage hikers to walk from Bar Harbor to Sieur de Monts like the rusticators of yore, an experience the park is emphasizing as part of Centennial efforts.
And there’s also an updated description of Schooner Head Overlook and Path, which is especially worth a stroll since the park reopened the historic vistas, as we by chance happened to witness in the works last September.
We’ve sent review copies of the book to Kurt Repanshek, editor of National Parks Traveler; Aislinn Sarnicki, writer of the popular 1-minute hike series in the Bangor Daily News; and Aimee Beal Church, editor of the Friends of Acadia Journal. So if there are any reviews of the book to share, we’ll be sure to do so.
While record snows have delayed the springtime opening of the Park Loop Road and carriage roads of Acadia, may curling up with a copy of “Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park” help transport you to a time when you can walk the trails without snowshoes, crampons or heavy-duty winter coat.
Thanks to the insights from members of the Acadia National Park staff, in particular Charlie Jacobi, natural resource specialist, and Gary Stellpflug, trails foreman, as we re-walked the trails of Acadia and dug ever deeper into its long and storied history, for the 3rd edition of “Best Easy Day Hikes,” and also for the 3rd edition of “Hiking Acadia National Park.”
Results of giveaway of “classic” 2nd edition of hiking guide
Finally, we want to announce here that four people have won the giveaway of the 2nd edition of “Best Easy Day Hikes, Acadia National Park”, three of whom we’ve described on our Facebook page, and one of whom we’re still awaiting details from.
And because we haven’t heard back from a fifth winner by March 31 despite repeated outreach attempts, we have one more copy of the 2nd edition – now a classic with the 3rd edition out today! – to give away.
Existing subscribers to this blog (except for previous winners), or new subscribers who sign up by April 15, will have a chance for this final giveaway. So sign up today!