Trenton, Maine, is the last town you will drive through on Route 3 before crossing onto Mount Desert Island. There is a large general store, ample camping facilities, an Airport and car rental services. If you choose, there are also several locations available (during season) at which you may purchase the famous Maine Lobster and steamer clams for a succulent feast before entering the park. Most places have indoor and outdoor eating areas. My family would make their selections, have them cooked, and drive the short distance to the Acadia National Park picnic area on the small Thompson Island, between the mainland and Mount Desert Island, right across from the Park Information Center.
There are several places of note along Route 3 including the Hancock County - Bar Harbor Airport. The Great Maine Lumberjack Show (as seen on ESPN) is on Route #3 as well. Participate by cheering on your favorite team of lumberjacks during evening shows featuring chopping, sawing, log rolling, speed climbing and much more. The 35 acre Acadia Zoological Park, a preserve of native and exotic species including buffalo, moose and caribou, is on the left side as you drive toward the island. For the younger kids, there is a petting zoo. As a side note, the most famous lumberjack of all, Paul Bunyan, was recognized with a 31 foot high statue next to Main Street and the Civic Center in Bangor, Maine. If you are passing though Bangor on the way here, the kids might get a charge out of having their photos taken next to Paul Bunyan. The 395 bypass goes right by it.
For those wishing to park and leave the driving on the island to someone else, free transportation is provided via Island Explorer Shuttle Buses - clean propane-powered vehicles supported by the National Park Service, area towns, the US DOT, Maine DOT, local businesses, and Friends of Acadia. There are 7 bus routes linking inns, hotels, campgrounds and destinations within Acadia National Park and elsewhere on the island. You may park your vehicle and board one of the buses at the Trenton Marketplace IGA on Route 3 in Trenton.
Trenton, Maine, has an approximate population of 1,370 (per the year 2000 census) and covers 12,529 acres. Most of the businesses are along Route 3 and tap into the local tourism traffic somehow. A fairly large construction project has begun on a new Acadia National Park Visitor Center on the western side of Route 3 in Trenton that will include not only Park information, but have personnel from the various Chambers of Commerce to answer questions and promote each of their Chamber member's interests as well.
For local lodging, dining, activity, and Acadia National Park regional information, please refer to the links at the top or bottom of this page. To see some beautiful larger images of Trenton, select Trenton, Maine Photos.
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