Acadia National Park Photos

One of the great things about the Internet is that even if you haven’t been to a particular National Park, you can do a little research and see the photos that others have taken at it. These are some photos that make me want to visit Acadia National Park all the more:

Sand Beach at Acadia National Park:

Acadia sand beach
Courtesy of Lee Coursey

Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park:

Acadia Jordan Pond
Courtesy of kds4850

Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park:

Blue Hill Overlook on Cadillac Mountain Acadia National Park
Courtesy of Gary Brownell

View from Park Loop Road at Acadia National Park:

Acadia national Park park loop road view
Courtesy of Dana Moos

Schoodic Peninsula tide pools at Acadia National Park:

Acadia Schoodic Peninsula tide pools
Courtesy of Dana Moos

If you have visited Acadia and have a particular photo that you particularly enjoy, we’d love for you to share it with us!

Precipice Trail Acadia National Park

Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park is not your average hiking trail. If you are looking to do something a bit more adventurous (and you’re not afraid of heights), this would be one of the National Parks trails to put on your list. Precipice Trail has a nearly 1,000 foot vertical climb in less than a mile which entails bouldering, using rungs & ladders and making your way across narrow exposed ledges with steep drop-offs. You know you are getting yourself into something a bit more strenuous than a regular hike when the sign at the Precipice Trail reads:

Caution. The Precipice is maintained as a non-technical climbing route, not a hiking trail. Attempt this route only if you are physically fit, wearing proper footwear, and have experience in climbing near exposed cliffs and heights. Allow three hours for a round-trip climb. Avoid this route during inclement weather or darkness. Stay on the trail and do not throw or dislodge rocks onto hikers below. Persons have received serious injuries and others have died on this mountainside!

You will see how true this is with the video below (it will get your heart beat up just watching)

As the video and warning sign make clear, you definitely want to check the weather forecast before attempting to climb Precipice Trail. It’s also pretty obvious that you need proper footwear as non sturdy hiking shoes would not only make the climb uncomfortable, it would also make it quite dangerous. This is also a hike that looks to be much safer with a partner than alone.

Precipice Trail is definitely on my “to do” list when I manage to get to Acadia National Park. Be sure to check whether or not Precipice Trail is open because it does close temporarily during peregrine falcon nesting season from March 15 – August 15 (Precipice Trail may be opened earlier if the peregrine falcons are not nesting on the cliff, as determined by the park wildlife biologist). While the trail looks like a challenge, the reward is a beautiful view (photo courtesy of scudsone)

The view from the summit of Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park

and a climbing story that you will surely enjoy telling to your friends and family.