Unlike most parks, this one is located right in the middle of Hot Springs city. It's the oldest and the smallest National Park in the United States with a total of 5,550 acres, but size doesn't matter [...]
Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park was established in 1916 as the first one in this area. located on the coast of Maine east of the Mississipi, it has more than half of its acres sprawling on Mount Desert Island and the rest spread through smaller islands of the mainland. This is one of the favorite spots for campers in the United States because it's a great family place as it has activities for all types of people.
Activities and highlights
In Acadia National park you'll never have time to get bored. There are plenty of activities for you to immerse in the woods, get fresh air on the beach, or take on more adventurous and sporty activities. These are some of the places that you have to visit when in Acadia Park:
This mountain is the Atlantic coast's highest peak with 1530 feet, so the view when climbing it is one of the main attractions of the park and one that you won't want to miss. You can get to the top driving from Acadia's Scenic Park Loop or hike it from the different trail paths it has.
Driving through the same loop road that surrounds the park you can get to Sand Beach. This is the perfect place to stay and relax making a picnic and dipping your toes in its chilly waters while enjoying the landscape created by the ocean and its contrast with the rocky coastline.
Near the Sand Beach, you'll be able to hear some thunder-like sounds that will lead you to a small mysterious cavern that's one of the most impressive attractions of the park. This is a natural formation that makes a thunder echo sound when large waves hit. Staying there waiting for the waves to hit will be one of the most exciting things you'll do in Acadia National Park.
Jordan Pond, Great Long Pond, and Eagle Lake
If you're more into activities like boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, or kayaking, these ponds and lakes will keep you hostage of their beauty for hours.
Isle au Haute
Finally, you can go to Isle au Haute. Even though getting here is a little more complicated because you have to get there by two ferry rides from Stonington town, it's one of Acadia's most representative islands.
The park offers a lot of public campgrounds, including one at Isle au Haute and other popular ones like Blackwoods, Seawall, or Schoodic Woods. Here you can set your camping stuff, park your vehicles, light a bonfire, cook your meals, and rest from all the activities of the day. .If you want your own space Acadia National Park also counts with several private areas that you can rent.
So, take advantage of this gigantic playground and pack all of your camping gear. Besides your tent and sleeping bags, don't forget to include pillows, camping chairs, camping tables, flashlights, and everything you need to make your camping experience better.
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