Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park, comprising more than 40,000 acres or about two-fifths of the island. Acadia is one of the most visited parks in the system and the only national park in New England. For those wishing to leave the driving to someone else while visiting Mount Desert Island there is a free island wide shuttle service, Island Explorer, serving all of the towns on the island and Acadia National Park.
There are 17 mountain peaks on the island including Cadillac Mountain which is the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Rio de Janiero.
The island is a natural wonderland boasting more than 80 species of land and marine mammals, reptiles and amphibians from white-tailed deer to harbor seals. There are more than 250 species of sea, shore and land birds including more than 20 species of warblers alone. Its intertidal zone is abundant with marine life living in the island's twice daily tides rising and falling between 10-12 feet.
On Mount Desert Island enjoy the diversity of busy towns, rich in history, with a wide range of restaurants, shops & galleries, music & art festivals and community celebrations. Go whale or puffin watching or cruise the harbors looking for eagles, ospreys or seals. Get active with hiking, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or just sit in a park and watch the world go by. A wide array of hotels, motels, B&B's and campgrounds cater to everyone's preference.