At 1,532 feet, Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and is the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7 through March 6. It is one of over 20 mountains on Mount Desert Island, Maine, that were pushed up by earth's tectonic and volcanic forces millions of years ago. Were it not for the once huge glaciers that sheared off their tops, they would be even higher than what we see today. Note the slopes on the islands in the distance to see the impact the glaciers had on the land. The northside is on the left and the steeper slope or the down side is on the right. (mobile)
Cadillac Mountain is actually in the city of Bar Harbor, Maine, a rising coastal resort with a unique blend of the ambiance of a Downeast Maine fishing village, combined with quiet New England sophistication, and expressed on a canvass that is covered with rugged geographical features. There is a wide array of activities and entertainment, both nature based and community based. Much revolves around the coast and the National Park itself. During season, there is a free bus service available to most important points on the and several on the mainland.
Cadillac Mountain is largely composed of pink granite with forests of spruce and pitch pine. Views of Acadia National Park from the top of the mountain are spectacular. And, when combined with tiny subalpine plants (such as cinquefoil), squat, gnarled trees, wild blueberries, and various sized boulders, it is unsurpassed. The Bar Harbor shopping district is to the northeast. The Cranberry Islands are to the southwest. During certain times of the year, visitors to the summit are the first to see the rising sun in the United States.
The winding and scenic road that ascends to the top of Cadillac Mountain is approximately 3.5 miles long and was officially opened in 1931. There are several small observation points along the way that offer prime viewing opportunities. It is easy to get caught up in the views while driving but remain attentive as much of the road is right beside steep cliff like areas. Excercise caution when getting in and out of your vehichle. During the 1880's, there was a slow cog railway excursion to the summit. But unfortunately, due to a much faster descent than expected, it was short lived. (See fall mountainview)
Cadillac Mountain GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.352643; Longitude -68.224610
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