Acadia National Park & Bar Harbor

Towns & Villages near Acadia National Park, Maine

There are many towns and villages interwoven with Acadia National Park land in Maine, each with its own unique character and offerings for the visitor. All should be looked at as being part of a larger community. They range from quiet little fishing villages like Bass Harbor or Corea to larger and more well-known resort towns such as Bar Harbor. The best way to explore and become familiar with them is through the interactive maps where you can click on locations to access information and photos. The Mount Desert Island or Acadia Map covers the main portion of the park on Mount Desert Island and the surrounding villages. The Schoodic Map covers the portion of Acadia National Park that is located on the mainland and the communities surrounding it. Another way that gives a sense of discovery and serendipity is to just click on the photos like at the top of this page. This way, you may end up learning about a place you never heard of. As with the above mentioned maps, the following information about the towns and villages is sorted into those two disctict regions.

Towns & Villages on or near Mount Desert Island:

Towns & Villages on or near Schoodic Peninsula:

Note: More cities, towns, and villages will be added soon including Bangor, Blue Hill, Hancock, Searsport, Bucksport, Belfast, Lucerne-in-Maine, Camden, Castine, etc.

Schoodic Peninsula is an approximate 35-45 minute drive from MDI but well worth the trip if you can fit it in. There are fewer crowds and there is a long shoreline on the eastern, western, and southern sides making it ideal for sunrise and sunset type photography. Take along food and beverage for a picnic as there are not very many eating options over there. The mid-point in the journey is Ellsworth, the main commericial center for Hancock County and Down East Maine. There are some larger box stores there and a wide variety of other business options so you may want to plan around that as well.

Interesting Facts

  • The first settlement on Mount Desert Island (MDI) was in present day Somesville.
  • There are only four townships on MDI: Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert, and Tremont.
  • The current municipality of Bar Harbor was once called Eden.
  • Native Americans were here as far back as 4,000 B.C.

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