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Park Service launches new 'Find Your Park' campaign


BAR HARBOR, Maine - Acadia National Park is one of Maine's natural gems. It attracts more than two million visitors each year and is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2016. First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush recently launched a 'Find Your Park' campaign, designed to encourage visitation to local national parks and to highlight the National Park Service programs. This new website makes it easy to find the nearest national park, along with facts about the park and listings of centennial events.

Jordan Pond. Credit: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Jordan Pond. 
Credit: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Acadia National Park will be celebrating its centennial with a yearlong, community-based world-welcoming celebration starting on January 1, 2016. More than 100 Acadia Centennial Partners are working together to host numerous events throughout the year, including a windjammer parade, Sieur de Monts Nature Center dedication and many more arts, culture, and heritage-focused workshops and educational opportunities.

"From Acadia National Park on the East Coast, to Yosemite on the West; from Glacier National Park in the North, to Big Bend in the South; I've collected national parks like stamps. I've even lived in a national park, the White House," said Laura Bush in a recent release. "Our national parks are the treasures of our country. I am happy to celebrate 100 years of America's best idea, our national parks. I invite all Americans to join me in Find Your Park. 

How much do you know about Maine's Acadia National Park? We've compiled this list, from A to Z, of fascinating facts and things to discover about your park.. 

A - Acadia National Park protects more than 47,000 acres with 125 miles of hiking trails, many miles of coast to explore, and 45 miles of recreational carriage roads. 
B - Bar Harbor is a popular tourist destination located on Mount Desert Island. Home to the College of the Atlantic, Jackson Laboratory, and some of the largest parts of Acadia National Park, this small town has many of the island's restaurants, shops and accommodations. 
Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain. Credit: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain. Credit: Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
C - Cadillac Mountain is the highest point on the east coast of the U.S. and from Oct. 7 to March 6, it is the first place to see the sun rise in the United States. Accessible by car and created by volcanic forces, Cadillac Mountain offers visitors breathtaking 360° views of the island. 
D - George B. Dorr, the first superintendent of Acadia National Park, built a charming octagonal gazebo located at Sieur de Monts Spring. This spot features walking trails, the Nature Center, and the Wild Gardens of Acadia. 
E - Erratics, or glacial debris, are evident all over the island. One of the most recognizable is Bubble Rock, the huge boulder left sitting on top of South Bubble Mountain. 
F - Somes Sound is the only fjard on the East Coast and was named after settler Abraham Somes. 
G - Good Morning America crowned Acadia National Park "America's Favorite Place" in 2014. 
H - The 125 miles of hiking trails in Acadia National Park range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Terrain varies from rugged shorelines to deep woods, to open mountain summits with views of the ocean and outer islands. 
I - The Islesford Historical Museum's exhibits tell the story of the Cranberry Isles and its people through ship models, navigation aids, dolls and toys, photographs and tools. It is located on Little Cranberry Island and can be reached by mailboat or tour boats from Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. 
J - John D. Rockefeller Jr. not only donated 11,000 acres of land but also built Acadia National Park's carriage road system. 45 miles of crushed stone roads were built between 1913 and 1940 in accordance to Rockefeller's vision. These roads are considered the best example of broken stone roads in the United States and are an engineering wonder. 
Grab a kayak and explore! Credit: Coastal Kayaking Tours
Grab a kayak and explore! 
Credit: Coastal Kayaking Tours
K - There are several places in Bar Harbor to rentkayaks. From novice to expert, the sea-kayaking opportunities in Bar Harbor will challenge all skill levels. There are even several area companies that offer instruction and tours. 
L - The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Tremont was built in 1858 after the U.S. Congress appropriated $5,000 for construction. In 1876, a fog bell and tower was added but has been since removed. Today, the lighthouse is a private residence and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
M - Maine Trail Finder is a great resource when planning hiking and biking adventures. 
N - Acadia Night Sky Festival is one of the premier night sky events on the eastern seaboard, happening on Sept. 10-14 in Bar Harbor. Maine's spectacular rocky coast is home to some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies thanks to Acadia National Park and a 'night sky friendly' outdoor lighting ordinance in Bar Harbor. 
O - Ocean-side views of West Street's Millionaire's Row are available along the Bar Island Walk. But be careful, you'll want to check the tide charts before heading out on this jaunt. At low tide, there is plenty of time to walk across the shell-covered sand bar from Bridge Street to Bar Island. 
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