6 Must Sees
Drive or bike 3.5 miles to the summit at 1,530 feet to enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the Cranberry Islands. Or take in the unusual vegetation and the hawk activity as you hike up one of four trails: North Ridge, Gorge, West Face, or South Ridge.
A cozy beach only 290 yards wide snuggles between the mountains and draws sunbathers, sand castle makers, and swimmers willing to brave ocean temperatures rarely warmer than 55°. The curious come at night to marvel at the phosphorescent sand and surrounding cliff faces.
Jordan Pond House
Stop in for fresh, warm popovers with strawberry jam, homemade ice cream, and delectable lobster stew. Or, as in the late 1800s when it first opened, relax with afternoon tea.
On the eastern face of Champlain Mountain, you'll discover the most challenging of the park's hiking trails. With an exposed 1000-foot surface that's practically vertical, the climb is strenuous, recommended for experienced, fit, and fearless adventurers. The Precipice is also home to a good number of endangered peregrine falcons.
Visit just before high tide when the surf races into the naturally carved inlet and explodes as high as 40 feet with a thunderous roar. As you watch and listen, enjoy views north to Sand Beach and south to Otter Cliff (pictured on page 13).
Sieur de Monts Spring
George B. Dorr, the first superintendent of Acadia National Park, built a charming octagonal gazebo with a tiled roof over the spring in 1909 and inscribed the words The Sweet Waters of Acadia on a nearby rock. Located at the south end of Great Meadow, the lovely spot features walking trails, the Nature Center, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia, which identifies and labels 300 native plant species.