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Climbing Maine: Discover the Schoodic Peninsula because the Acadia is much less busy

Posted by Jeff on December 7, 2020 at 7:07 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: December 6, 2020

The Schoodic Peninsula is home to a remarkable landscape of dense spruce forests, jack pine forests, shrubby heaths, cobblestone beaches, granite headlands, deep harbors and rugged islands. The peninsula, bounded by Frenchman Bay to the west, Gouldsboro Bay to the east and the Gulf of Maine to the south, is a true natural gem of Maine’s bold Downeast coast.

Two cities form the Schoodic Peninsula. Winter Harbor encompasses the southern areas that house the extraordinary Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, the only part of the park on the mainland, while Gouldsboro occupies land on either side of US Route 1, which extends north from the center of the peninsula towards Tunk extends lake.

The “quiet side” of Acadia National Park is considered by most to be the west side of Mount Desert Island, but this label could be better applied to Schoodic. Although Schoodic attracted increased attention in late 2015 thanks to a large private donation of land and recreational infrastructure when it expanded to 3,450 acres thanks to a large private donation of land and recreational infrastructure, it still sees only a fraction of the annual visitors who visit the overwhelm the actual park – from Sand Beach to Jordan Pond to Bass Harbor Light – on MDI.

Enjoy the web of winding trails and bike paths, marvel at the wave-splattered pink granite at Schoodic Point, visit the cool wood and stone visitor information center, and maybe camp at the Schoodic Woods Campground in the park.

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