Acadia National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
47,633 acres
Annual Visitation
2,431,052 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
February 26, 1919
Entrance Fee
$20 per vehicle per week
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean
Highest Elevation
1,530 feet on Cadillac Mountain
Lowest Average Temp
10F in January
Record Low Temp
-21F in 1994
Highest Average Temp
80F in July
Record High Temp
96F in 2002
Our Last Visit
October 2013

Park Contact Information

Acadia National Park
PO Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609-0177
Info at (207) 288-3338
Fax to (207) 288-8813

Park Creation Timeline

The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, founded by George S. Dorr and others for conservation, offers 6,000 acres of land to the federal government for a park.
On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signs the proclamation creating Sieur de Monts National Monument.
On February 26, 1919, Congress elevates it to national park status under the name LaFayette National Park in honor of Marquis de Lafayette, a strong supporter of the American Revolution
On January 19, 1929, the park name is changed to Acadia National Park.

Animals and Plants

Land mammals include moose, white-tailed deer, black bears, red foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and seven species of bats. Harbor seals and porpoises inhabit the ocean coast.
Reptiles are few due to the cold climate, but include common garter snakes, green snakes, and red-bellied snakes. Amphibians are a bit more common and include several types of salamanders and frogs.
338 species of birds are present at least part of the year, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons. The latter cause the closing of several cliff areas during their breeding season.
There are over 1100 vascular plant species. These include deciduous hardwood forests and conifer forests, made up of spruce, hemlock, fir, and pine. Blueberry thickets are common as well, as are a wide variety of grasses and wildflowers.

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