Our first day in Acadia National Park included a quick trip to the visitor center. Tony and I collect pins and patches from the different destinations and parks we visit. While we were there in August, the building was only half open for safety reasons.
After passing this initial entrance with park information and maps on the boards we were met with the stairs. The sign says there are 52 steps to the main building. After sitting in a car for 8 hours it felt like 520 steps to me!
The visitor center had a pretty lengthy line of individuals looking to buy the park pass. They were standing six feet apart and wearing masks. We had purchased the $30 weekly pass ahead of time and had it printed out to display on our windshield. I would recommend doing this as well to avoid wasting time on a line. Or to have a more contactless experience if you’d like.
The visitor center store had a separate line and we waited all of 3 minutes to get in. After buying our souvenirs and using the restrooms, we drove over to park loop road. We showed our park pass at the entrance and stopped at a few overlooks including Egg Rock Overlook. I could see Egg Rock Lighthouse in the Mount Desert Narrows.
Schooner Head Overlook was the primary destination. But there are plenty of places to stop and take in the views. The road is also a one way for a good portion with two lanes. It’s perfect because you can bypass slower drivers or be the slower car like we were at times 🙂
We parked at the small lot at Schooner Head Overlook. The quarter mile walk down to the rocky shore is paved. There aren’t any trail markers, but they aren’t needed. It’s a very well worn path to the bottom.
Soon we cleared the trees and got a nice view. Coming to Acadia I knew we’d be looking at water most days, but I never get tired of admiring it.
One of the first things I noticed was the mansion on Schooner Head. Anyone know how much this house is worth??? No, I’m seriously asking. We placed bets on price.
The tide was low but coming in. We were able to get pretty far down on to the rocks. Another park visitor told us he spotted starfish here.
There were tide pools and caves in the area we explored. I would want to return here during the lowest tide and go further into those caves!
After poking around and staring down sea life, it was time to head back to the car. The tides were changing quickly. We didn’t want to risk getting caught by a rogue wave while high tide was coming in. I wasn’t even wearing appropriate footwear to risk getting wet!
Schooner Head Overlook trail is a great place for someone who wants to explore the rocky shore during low tide. It’s an easy walk and a short distance from the parking lot. And the tide pools would be so much fun for children and adults alike.
“Esta locura viene, y yo, pues, yo me voy con ella”Yesika Salgado