February 26, 1919
$20 per vehicle per week
0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean
1,530 feet on Cadillac Mountain
Lowest Average Temp
10°F in January
Record Low Temp
-21°F in 1994
Highest Average Temp
80°F in July
Record High Temp
96°F in 2002
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.