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Enjoy Historic Maine Camping at Coastal Acadia National Park

Bass Harbor Head Light, Acadia National ParkAcadia National Park was first established as Sieur de Monts National Monument on July 8, 1916, making it the first national park established east of the Mississippi River. It was changed to Acadia National Park on January 19, 1929. This coastal national park is rich with human history spanning back 5000 years, from indigenous people to waves of French and English settlers. The natural beauty and rich human history make this a wonderful Maine camping destination.

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Acadia National Park is open year round, the busiest months being July and August while January and February are the slowest. The entrance fee is $20 per vehicle, a year pass for Acadia is $40, and the national pass that grants entry into most National Parks is $80. Acadia has excellent fishing spots and a fishing permit is required for fresh water fishing, which is $14 for one day, $24 for three, and $37 for a week long permit. While the park is open year round, many of the scenic roads do close down in winter, as well as most of the facilities, including the visitor center, museums, and picnic areas. There are miles of walking trails and carriage roads, so be prepared to take in the beauty and culture of Acadia National Park on foot. There are also bus and carriage tours available. Be prepared to get wet, as Acadia’s climate has been ranked second only to the Pacific Northwest in annual precipitation. Rain is common throughout the year and it is advisable to be prepared for any kind of weather at any time of the year.

The natural beauty of Acadia National Park is combined with its rich cultural history in many of the attractions. Cadillac Mountain, for example, has a .3 mile trail along the summit which includes wayside exhibits about both the natural and human history of the park. Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain in both the park and along the eastern coast. It looks out over beautiful views of Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay and rises above the town of Bay Harbor. It is accessible by a long, winding road that is closed December 1st through April 14th, and as weather requires. The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is another beautiful attraction with trails along side it that offer magnificent views. Late May through early June is an excellent time for wild flowers and migrating warblers and the first half of October is a terrific time to see the beautiful fall foliage as well as raptor migration. With many attractions, beautiful nature, and a rich human history, Acadia National Park is an excellent Maine camping destination.

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