Breathe in fresh coastal air, hike pine-filled trails, and discover a new kind of natural serenity with Moon Acadia National Park. Inside you'll find:
Flexible, strategic itineraries for every season, from the best of Acadia in one day to a two-week road trip, designed for day hikers, campers, families, outdoor adventurers, and more
The top experiences and unique ideas for exploring Acadia: Island-hop by sea kayak, see the tide surge at Thunder Hole, or embark on a whale-watching excursion. Pedal the park's famed carriage roads, ski fresh powder, or drive the scenic byways and admire the stunning fall foliage. Wiggle your toes in the warmth of Sand Beach, hike the rugged and remote Isle au Haut, or climb to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Peruse the galleries in downtown Bar Harbor, take a dip in Echo Lake, and watch the sunset over a feast of freshly caught lobster
Practical tips for hiking, cycling, kayaking, wildlife spotting, and more, plus essential packing and health and safety information
Detailed hike descriptions with mileage, elevation gains, difficulty ratings, and trailhead directions
Local insight from born-and-bred Mainer Hilary Nangle
Honest advice on when to go and where to stay inside and outside the park, from forested campgrounds to historic inns
Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, and reservations, plus strategies for getting to Acadia National Park
Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
Coverage of gateway towns, including Bay Harbor, Northeast and Seal Harbors, the Southwest Harbor, Tremont, and islands near Mount Desert
Recommendations for families, seniors, visitors with disabilities, and traveling by RV
Thorough background on Acadia's wildlife, terrain, culture, and history
With Moon Acadia National Park's practical tips and local know-how, you can experience Acadia your way.
Exploring the rest of Maine? Try Moon Maine or Moon Coastal Maine. Hitting the road? Check out Moon New England Road Trip.
For full coverage of America's national parks, check out Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks.
About the Author
Despite brief out-of-state interludes for college, grad school, and stints as a ski and whitewater bum, Hilary Nangle has never been able to resist the lure of her home state. She grew up on Maine's coast, spending much of each winter skiing in the western mountains. Her sense of wanderlust was ignited when she became a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide on the Kennebec River, which gave her a chance to explore the central and northern regions of the state.
When she tired of her parents asking when she was going to get a "real job," she drew on her writing skills and began seeking out editorial work. She started out editing pro ski tour publications, and then became a managing editor for a food trade publication and a features editor for a daily newspaper. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor, contributing to regional and national publications.
Hilary never tires of exploring Maine, always seeking out the offbeat and quirky, and rarely resisting the invitation to mosey backroads and byways. To her husband's dismay, she inherited her grandmother's shopping gene and can't pass a used-book store, artisans' gallery, or antiques shop without browsing. She's equally curious about food and has never met a lobster she didn't like. Hilary still divides her year between the coast and the mountains, residing with her husband, photographer Tom Nangle, and an oversized dog, both of whom share her passions for long walks and Maine-made ice cream.
To follow Hilary's travels, visit mainetravelmaven.com.