The most dramatic event in modern Bar Harbor history was the 1947 wildfire that burned from October 17th to November 14th, much of that time out of control.
The first summer visitors who came Down East to Mount Desert Island beginning in the 1840s, because of their appreciation for a vacationing ‘rustic’ lifestyle, became known as the Rusticators.
The term comes from the 19th century age of sail, when there were no Interstate highways, and bulk freight traveled by coastal schooner instead of tractor-trailer.
The Western Mountains dominate the landscape in the, yes, western part of Mount Desert Island. Traditionally this area has been known as the island’s ‘backside,’ although in recent, more genteel years a movement has been underway to get people to refer to it as the ‘quiet side.’
This 839-foot peak, located between Echo Lake and Long Pond, provides hikers with probably the best view, for the least effort, anywhere in Acadia National Park.
Rising to 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain achieves the highest elevation in Acadia National Park and on Mount Desert Island.
Previously known as Dry, and then Flying Squadron, this 1270-foot peak just to the east of Cadillac Mountain today is named for George B. Dorr, “the Father of Acadia.”
This is the name given to the natural bump (a ‘huge knot’?) on the headland you cross when hiking the Beachcroft Trail on the northwest side of Champlain Mountain. In earlier times Huguenot Head (692’ up) was known as Round Peak or Picket Mountain.
An enjoyable loop trail, which the park classifies as moderate, circles around Great Head in less than two miles, providing excellent ocean views along most of the way.
This pedestrian path along the edge of Frenchman Bay, maintained by the Village Improvement Association of Bar Harbor, begins at the town pier and extends nearly a mile.