New images: Acadia National Park – Schoodic Peninsula
Acadia National Park is made of three units. In my two previous stays in the park, I had visited only the largest and most well-known unit, on Mount Desert Island, which most equate with Acadia National Park. In March 2010, taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and snow-free ground, I decided to have a look at the two lesser known units.
The Schoodic Peninsula is the only part of the Park on the mainland, as the two other units are on islands. I found it a bit reminiscent of the eastern coastal section of Mount Desert Island from Grand Head to Otter Point. The lack of the tall Otter Point headland is made up by the variety of orientations, permitting nice sunsets as well as sunrises, and the presence of off-shore, tree-covered, islets. Great slabs of pink granite are also present, but besides, the flatter terrain hosts also extensive tide pools and beaches. In particular, there is an interesting cobble barrier beach close to the tip.
The road follows closely the shoreline. If you see something of interest, just find a pull-out, park your car, and walk to the shore. Do not drive too far past what you saw, since the road is a one-way loop.
The visitation is very light, which is a welcome change from the main Park Loop on Mount Desert Island (last fall, I wasn’t able to find parking at Jordan Pond in the afternoon). From one hour before sunset, to one hour after sunrise, I saw no more than a couple of other cars. True, it was a winter mid-week day, but remember Acadia sees more than 2 million visitors each year, and the Schoodic Peninsula is readily accessible, as it takes about the same time to drive there from Ellsworth as to Bar Harbor.
Yet, this was considerably more people than I saw on the Isle au Haut unit, that I will describe in the next post.