Location of Acadia National Park
Location of Acadia National Park
 
 
Close-up of a cormorant bird
Close-up of a cormorant bird
 
 
Beaver
Beaver
 
 
Harbor seal
Harbor seal
 
 
Crab
Crab
 
 
Rounded hills called bubbles
Rounded hills called bubbles
 
 
Somes Sound
Somes Sound
 
Acadia <br>National Park
Topic(s):   National Parks (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Name Acadia National Park
Size 47,000 acres
Opened 1919 as Lafayette National Park (changed to Acadia in 1929)
Created by President Woodrow Wilson
Location Maine

Acadia was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Glaciers shaped the park. The Wabanaki Indians dug clams there. They called it the sloping land. A French explorer called it the island of barren mountains. English settlers came to fish. They farmed and built ships.

Acadia has over 300 kinds of birds. Cormorant birds live near the water. They feed on fish. Eiders love to eat mussels from the sea. The beaver swims in the water. Seals live on the rocky coastline. Crabs are found near the shore of Acadia. Mollusks live here, too.

Acadia is filled with many kinds of wildflowers. Asters bloom in August. After that, yellow goldenrods pop up. Blueberries feed the birds. Birds also like to eat the cranberries. Grasses grow in the park. Ferns love the shaded areas. Along the rocky coast are many kinds of seaweeds.

Cadillac Mountain is the highest point in Acadia. It is also the tallest mountain on the United States Atlantic coast. There are hiking trails to its granite peaks. Trails also go to the rounded hills. These hills are called the Bubbles. Biking on carriage roads is popular.

Somes Sound is the only fjord on United States east coast. The coastline is rocky and jagged. Thunder Hole is an opening in the rocks. The surf roars loudly there. The Scenic Park Loop Road shows beautiful ocean views. Acadia has two museums. They show Indian artifacts. The museums also tell about early island life.

Resource information

Acadia National Park | Facts & History| Britannica.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/place/Acadia-National-Park

Acadia National Park - National Geographic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/acadia-national-park/

Acadia National Park (U.S. National Park Service). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

Acadia National Parks Conservation Association. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.npca.org/parks/acadia-national-park

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