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.
Magnificent Views at Every Turn
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.
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.
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.’