Acadia

When I think of Acadia National Park, I first think about going with my dad to see and hear the Thunder Hole and then ride up to the top of Cadillac Mt to see the ocean views. The Mt is the highest on the Atlantic Coast. There is a lot more to see but it can involve some physical activity. Are you ready to climb up to see the Bubble Rock, the Beehive or the Precipice?

Acadia National Park is less
than two hours south of Bangor. We’re about half way between Acadia
and the huge Baxter State Park, Woods and Waters National Monument
and The AT-Appalachian Trail. Even closer to Bangor is the original
Fort Knox and Penobscot Bridge Observatory.</p>
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<p><p> Ever wonder why there are two forts with the same name? First there was the original one that closed and then many years later there was another constructed in Kentucky to honor the same Gen Henry Knox. The first Fort Knox, now Fort Knox State Park or Fort Knox State Historic Site, is located on the western bank of the Penobscot River in the town of Prospect, Maine, about 5 miles from the mouth of the river. It is just across the river from Bucksport and the former Verso Paper Mill. In the Spring of 2020, you’ll be able to see the construction of the new Fish growing facility where the Verso Mill smoke stacks are. Built between 1844 and 1869, it was the first fort in Maine built entirely of granite; most previous forts used wood, earth, and stone.  Henry Knox, the first U.S. Secretary of War and Commander of Artillery during the American Revolutionary War.The Maine Fort is a virtually intact example of a mid-19th century granite coastal fortification, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and declared a National Historic Landmark on December 30, 1970. Fort Knox also serves as the entry site for the observation tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge that opened to the public in 2007. The newer Fort Knox is a United States Army post in Kentucky, south of Louisville and north of Elizabethtown. It is also adjacent to the United States Bullion Depository, which is used to house a large portion of the United States’ official gold reserves. The 109,000 acre base covers parts of Bullitt, Hardin, and Meade counties. It currently holds the Army Human Resources Center of Excellence to include the Army Human Resources Command. </p><p></p><p>

Acadia is a beautiful place on MT Desert Island and something to see. It is one of the most visited parks in the US. Martha Stewart recently described it. Although I am a relative newcomer to Mount Desert Island, having purchased my house on the edge of Acadia National Park in 1997, I feel as if I have always been there. I have become totally enamored of everything the place has to offer: the park, the woods, the moss, the sea, the
granite cliffs and outcroppings, the ponds, the climate, the views,
the other islands, the abundant seafood, and the diverse outdoor
activities. Recently we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Acadia with a series of events that ran the gamut, from lectures to cocktail parties and dinners to gala evenings, and even a four-day weekend of carriage rides chaired by my friend Gail Clark to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Acadia and the park’s carriage roads. Originally constructed by John D.
Rockefeller Jr. in the early 1900s, these rustic, car-free pathways
meander through the woodlands, offering scenic vistas of the
landscape. Decades ago, they suffered neglect, but they are now maintained beautifully, thanks to a joint private-public partnership between the Friends of Acadia and the National Park Service. They are enjoyed by bikers, joggers, baby strollers, and horseback riders, as well as horse-drawn
carriages. Martha Stewart who is passionate about preserving and protecting it for the future — hosted a dinner for the Friends of Acadia
to benefit the carriage roads that wind through this beautiful
place.