The Breathtaking Beauty of Acadia National Park
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
A Little Bit About Acadia National Park
Along the northern coast of Maine lies one of the United States' most beautiful sights, Acadia National Park. As the only national park in New England, Acadia encompasses over 47,000 pristine acres of breathtaking natural beauty. With its rugged, rocky stretch of coastline and its tree-covered mountains, Acadia National Park is one of our preeminent national treasures.
A Philanthropist's Vision
Acadia is the first national park to be established entirely through private land donations. In the early 1900's, John D. Rockefeller, a scion of one of America's greatest finance and philanthropic families, purchased and then donated 11,000 acres of land to help establish Acadia. Rockefeller was determined to keep automobiles from spoiling its natural beauty and commissioned the building of over 50 miles of woodland carriage roads to be used exclusively for hikers, horse riders, and horse-drawn carriages. Those carriage trails, along with 17 granite bridges and two gatehouses, exist to this day and lend to the serene and untouched feel of this national park.