Thursday, October 11, 2012

Acadia National Park - Cadillac Summit Trail

Cadillac Summit Trail

Length: 0.5 km Loop
Time: 15-20 minutes
Terrain: Easy

1,500 feet above sea level at the top of Acadia National Park is the Cadillac Summit Trail. This short 0.5 kilometer loop provides great panoramic views of the region from Bar Harbor to Otter Cove. Parking is located at end of Cadillac Mountain Road which is off the Park Loop south of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center.

Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak in Eastern US within 25 miles of the coast. This trail is a very popular spot in the morning hours as it is home to the first sunrise in the country. The hike starts at the eastern edge of the parking lot near a plaque dedicated to Stephen Tyng Mather.

Frenchman Bay
As you walk the loop you'll enjoy the best views of Acadia National Park. If you are a photographer, or even an amateur one, this hike is going to take a lot longer then it should. For those who are not into taking pictures, there are numerous information plaques that provides a geological history of the region, specifically the mountain.

Cadillac Summit Trail is a must-do when visiting Acadia National Park. It's safe and enjoyable for children, parents, grandparents and even dogs. When you leave the park this will by-far be one of your best memories.

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