Acadia National Park Facts

Acadia National Park Facts
Acadia National Park is a 47,452.8 acre park located in Maine, in the north-eastern United States. The region was inhabited by the Wabanaki Native people when the Europeans arrived in the 1600s. In the early 1900s a landscape architect had the idea to create the park. Land donations and government support brought the idea to reality. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson designated the area as Sieur de Monts National Monument. In 1919 it was designated Lafayette National Park. In 1929 it was given the name Acadia National Park in honor of the previous French colony Acadia that Maine was once a part of. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. furthered the parks development and restoration following a major fire in 1947. The park is one of the most popular in North America today.
Interesting Acadia National Park Facts:
In order to protect the peregrine falcon when nesting, Acadia National Park closes several trails in the summer to avoid contact with humans.
Approximately 20% of Acadia National Park is designated as wetland, and within each wetland there is a minimum of one rare plant species.
Snapping turtles, cormorants, and various reptiles and hawks can be seen from Acadia National Park. Humpback whales can be viewed in the Atlantic Ocean from the park.
Gray wolves and mountain lions once inhabited Acadia National Park but they are not found there anymore.
Acadia National Park's deepest lake is Jordon Pond, at 150 feet deep.
More than 40 mammal species live within Acadia National Park including moose, black bears, coyotes, beavers, minks, weasels, racoons, big brown bats, river otters, fishers, foxes, white-tailed deer, and porcupines.
The tallest mountain along the Atlantic Coast is Cadillac Mountain, located in Acadia National Park. It's 1,530 feet in height. Because of its height, it's one of the first spots in the United States that sees the sunrise each day.
There are over 120 miles of trails for hiking within Acadia National Park.
One of the rock formations in Acadia National Park is referred to as Thunder Hole because waves sound like thunder when they hit it. Water and air are also forced upward through the rock formation's cavern from the waves.
In 1947 a wildfire destroyed approximately 10,000 acres of land in Acadia National Park. It gradually regrew.
Acadia National Park has 26 mountains within its boundaries.
Rockefeller died in 1960 and the National Park Service failed to maintain the roadways that he had built. In the 1980s and organization called Friends of Acadia raised money and restored the roads to their former glory.
John D. Rockefeller spent a lot of time and money on roads and landscaping of Mount Desert Island. The granite blocks used as guardrails are referred to as 'Rockefeller's teeth.'
Mount Desert Island was named by Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who spotted the island while sailing by in 1604.
The majority of Acadia National Park is located on Mount Desert Island. The park also includes a few other islands (Little Moore, Baker Island, and Sheep Porcupine) and a peninsula.


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