Description - Fog is a common site along this byway, muting the landscape with its romantically gray mists. In the midday sun, the sea's bright blue surface is studded with colorful lobster buoys. Seen at sundown from Cadillac Mountain, the sea glows in soft pinks, mauves, and gold.
As the name suggests, the Acadia area was French before it was American. French explorer Samuel Champlain sailed into Frenchman Bay in 1604. He named it Mount Desert Island because of its landmark bare top. Today, the National Park Service owns approximately half of the island that makes up Acadia National Park. The island boasts lush forests, tranquil ponds, and granite-capped mountains, where exploring is made easy by an extensive system of carriage roads and hiking trails. This alternate transportation network provides access to all areas of the park for walkers, equestrians, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers.
Villages on Mount Desert present a variety of lifestyles on the island today. Bar Harbor offers many accommodations and amusements. Northeast Harbor shelters sailboats, both large and small, and a summer colony. Bass Harbor and Southwest Harbor retain more of a traditional flavor of Maine's coastal villages.
- The Acadia Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
Directions from : If you are traveling to this byway from the south, north, or west (like 99.9% of the people in the United States do), follow I-95 north to Bangor, Maine. Follow the Route 395 Connector to Route 1A south to Ellsworth. Continue straight onto Route 3. The Acadia Byway begins in Trenton at the Thompson Island Bridge.
If by some chance you are traveling to this byway from the east (some people in parts of southern Nova Scotia and Washington County in Maine come this way), take Route 1 south to Ellsworth, and then turn right on Route 3 for Bar Harbor.