This 27-mile paved road on the eastern half of Mount Desert Island, as its name implies, loops through Acadia National Park, providing an excellent introduction to the park’s many different scenic glories including Sieur de Monts Spring, the Ocean Drive, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliff, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain.
Across Frenchman Bay to the east of Bar Harbor, Schoodic Peninsula sticks out into the Gulf of Maine south of Maine Route 186.
The Seawall area, along Route 102A as it circles between Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor, provides Acadia National Park visitors their access to the ocean on the western half of Mount Desert Island.
The five-mile-long body of water that divides the eastern and western halves of Mount Desert Island, like the town of Somesville at its northern end, is named for Abraham Somes, one of the first settlers on the island.
The 237-acre Echo Lake, nestled in a scenic wooded area at the base of the Beech Mountain cliffs, has an average depth of 66 feet.
The 437-acre Eagle Lake is the largest ‘pond’ wholly within the boundaries of Acadia National Park.
One cruising guide calls Frenchman (not Frenchman’s) “Maine’s most dramatic bay.”
The Gulf of Maine, a unique ‘sea within a sea’ up to 1,500 feet deep, is sometimes called “New England’s own ocean.”
There has been a lighthouse since 1839 on Bear Island, smallest of the Cranberry Islands at the entrance to Northeast Harbor.
The area’s only lighthouse actually on Mount Desert Island, the 32-foot Bass Harbor light was built in 1858 to guide mariners around the southwestern end of the island and in and out of Blue Hill Bay.