Newport, at the eastern end of the Acadia National Park range, today is called Champlain Mountain in honor of the French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, who gave Mount Desert Island its name.
Acadia National Park’s best known hiking trail, the Precipice, ascends the east face of Champlain Mountain. The trail begins just off the Park Loop Road, and rises about 1,000 feet in only 0.8 of a mile. Near the top of the trail, ladders and iron rungs assist hikers on their way.
These two very popular Acadia National Park hiking trails are found about a mile apart on the southwest shore of Mount Desert Island.
This bump on the southern slope of Champlain Mountain, which provides a scenic backdrop for visitors to Sand Beach, looks… well, like a beehive.
Sieur de Monts Spring was a favorite location of George Dorr’s, the first superintendent of Acadia who built a springhouse there in 1909 and had the words ‘Sweet Waters of Acadia’ carved into a large rock.
Located along the Park Loop Road, just to the southeast of the Jordan Pond area, Wildwood Stables takes advantage of the scenic carriage roads whose construction was supervised and financed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. between 1913 and 1940.
The 187-acre Jordan Pond, second-largest body of water in Acadia National Park (after Eagle Lake), is also the park’s deepest, dropping to 150 feet.
The Otter Cove area (just past Otter Cliffs and Otter Point) provides one of the best viewpoints along the Park Loop Road, giving visitors good looks both out to sea and inland.
Since the mid-1970s, Otter Cliffs, about 500 feet wide and up to 100 feet high, has become the most popular rock climbing spot in Maine, and one of the few places anywhere where you can climb right above the ocean.
Acadia National Park’s scenic Ocean Drive begins at the park entrance station and continues along the coast, passing Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Otter Cliffs.