Acadia National Park Celebrating 100 years at the 2016 Winter Festival
In 2016 Acadia National Park will be celebrating 100 years of its founding at the 2016 Winter Festival. The festival will be over 10 days starting February 26, 2016 on the Schoodic Peninsula and then shifts geographically to Mount Desert Island from March 2-6, 2016.
Acadia National Park protects a scenic landscape of coastal islands and glacially sculpted mountains rising from a bold rocky Atlantic coastline. The park offers visitors a broad range of experiences through a designed network of historic carriage roads, hiking trails and motor roads interwoven through a mosaic of diverse ecological systems.
Acadia is the oldest eastern national park and the first national park created from private lands gifted to the public through the efforts of conservation minded citizens. Most of Acadia National Park is on Mount Desert Island, located mid-way along Maine’s coast. The park is a one hour drive to the southeast from Bangor or less than 2 hours from Freedom House Bed and Breakfast in Dover-Foxcroft. Acadia National Park holds over 49,000 acres.
Some interesting statistics about Acadia National Park:
- Fifth smallest national park but top ten visited national park
- 150 miles of hiking trails
- 45 miles of carriage roads in park
- 26 mountains with 8 mountains over 1000 feet
- 26 lakes and ponds
- 2.5 million visitors last year
- 1,101 species of flowering plants
- 40 species of mammals
- 11 species of amphibians
- 7 species of reptiles
- 338 species of birds
- 24 species of fish
Winter activities include: cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing & ice skating.