The beauty of Acadia National park in summer is undoubtedly wondrous, which is why it brings millions of tourists to its over 47,000 acres during the season each year. Maybe it’s the heat of the sun on bare legs and arms, the flowers in full bloom or the lush green landscape welcoming you at every turn. And then in the fall, the leaves change and the landscape comes alive in a way that is classically New England. But when winter starts to settle in, the tourists pack their bags and head home, leaving the park in the rearview mirror.
And let me tell you something: they’re missing out.
Every year, outdoors reporter Aislinn Sarnacki reminds readers that while most of Acadia’s roads are closed to vehicle traffic during the off-season, the trails, lakes and ponds remain open to the public for a wide variety of activities. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fat-tire biking, ice fishing, horseback riding and dog walking are all permitted in the park during the winter, though some activities are limited to certain trails and roads.
I’m new to Maine, having moved to the state in January to work for the Bangor Daily News. I look at pictures of Acadia in winter and I regret not immediately heading out that way with my camera. But I had no idea what I was missing, and now we both do.
More fantastic photos of Acadia in winter: