A few weeks ago I got to visit 😍The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast🌊 Acadia National Park!
Beginner’s Itinerary (I have a bad Knee so this Itinerary is catered to that)
Explore, climb, relax or just take in the views at one of Acadia National Park’s most popular beaches. 🌊
Sand Beach is a gorgeous little beach nestled between mountains and rocky shores on the east side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. Sand Beach Access is provided via the Park Loop Road.
The only ocean beach open to swimming within Acadia National Park. Located in a horseshoe-shaped cove and flanked by high cliffs on either side, it is as beautiful a beach as you will find, reminding me of the beaches in Hawaii. The sand is soft—oddly enough 70 percent of it is crushed shells—a rarity in Maine where most of the beaches are made of gravel and cobblestones. The only downside is that the average water temperature, even during the hottest months of the summer, is 55°F (13°C). Go early in the morning as the beach gets crowded during later in the day.
Sand Beach Parking GPS: Latitude 44.330198; Longitude -68.183998
Accessibility: Restrooms, changing rooms, and parking is wheelchair accessible. Beach is not.
NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, many things continue to be in a state of change. Refer to the National Park Service Website For Updates.
Wild thing, you make my heart sing 🌲🌿
Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States, an abundance of habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. This is a great place to social distance from others but still enjoy yourself. There’s swimming, hiking, biking, camping and so many other activities to take on.
My favorite hike:
Ocean Path the views along the way will leave you speechless.
Distance: 2.2 miles one way, or 4.4 miles out and back.
Summary: Mostly flat accessible path along the ocean. A quiet and uncrowded option for sunrise. Crowded 9 am to 3 pm in July and August (We got there at 8am and it was perfect). Since after my 3rd ACL surgery I had to take it a little bit easy.
Trailhead: One way section of the Park Loop Road, Sand Beach or Otter Point.
Acadia National Park is a stunning national treasure on the coast of Maine in the USA. You must add this to your travel list.
One of our favorite stops was Jordan Pond! This wasn’t along Ocean Path but about a 5 min drive from the end of the trail. Make sure to grab a Popover or a few from their Restaurant Jordan Pond House, you’ll thank me later!
The pond covers 187 acres to a maximum depth of 150 feet with a shoreline of 3.6 miles. The pond was formed by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet during the last glacial period. How cool is that?!! For other trails and things to do at Acadia, please check out the parks website.