Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and surrounding villages

Wild Gardens of Acadia

Wild Gardens of Acadia in Bar Harbor, Maine

The Wild Gardens of Acadia in Acadia National Park, Maine is maintained by a diverse group of community volunteers. It reflects the typical habitats as found on Mount Desert Island. More than 300 native species are labeled to make identification easy in nine separate display areas. The garden is open year round and is located at the Sieur de Monts Spring and Nature Center, 2 miles south of Bar Harbor near the intersection of the Park Loop Road and Route 3 on Mount Desert Island. There is no entrance fee required.

Acadia National Park When you first drive into the parking area, it may not seem like much is here. But trust me, when you get out and start your walk past the brown building, a magical natural world unfolds which not only includes the Wild Gardens of Acadia, but the original park location of the Abbe Museum and the Nature Center as well. There are a few little benches in special spots where you can relax, absorb the surroundings and become more familiar with the diversity of plant life that creates such a unique mixture on the coast of Maine.

Boardwalk on one of Acadia Hiking TrailsBehind and to the right of the gardens are some hiking trails. Your may want to spend some time exploring these while you are here as well. To the left, the walking path goes to Sieur de Monts Spring House then continues to Abbe Museum. A trail continues south from here to The Tarn. If you go to the right of the gardens, you may connect up with Jesup Trail which goes towards Bar Harbor. There are some striking views along these trails.

The Island Explorer Shuttle Bus has a pickup and drop-off point here. (View nearby hiking trails.)

Weddings in Acadia National Park: Visit the weddings section for information about having a wedding ceremony within Acadia National Park or elsewhere on MDI or nearby villages and towns.

Nature Center GPS: Latitude 44.362097; Longitude -68.207830

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