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Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Reach us at: or call 207-244-9264

Acadia eyes sewer work

Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson to speak Feb. 19

County airport needs more passengers

Improvements eyed for Otter Creek Hall

Derby is cancelled
Centennial Winter Events

Acadia Receives Funding through the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Program

Summer Teacher Fellowships at Acadia National Park and Saint Croix International Historic Site

Workshop to Look for Emerald Ash Borers Offered

Acadia National Park Suspends Search for Missing Man
Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

The Village Green Arts Association Presents A Winter Concert Series

SWH Library Presents: One Park, One Read

Acadia Winter Festival

Harbor House's Annual Great Harbor Shoot-Out
News from Healthy Acadia: Neighbor4Neighbor Fund Seeks Applicants and Donors

Hit the Trails - Get Moving Outdoors this Winter with the Healthy Trails Challenge

Kevin Schneider Selected as Superintendent at Acadia National Park and St. Croix Island International Historic Site

Healthy Acadia Offers Free Medline Plus Tutorial Sessions

Your Pet's Next Best Friend Veterinary Clinic Rabies Clinic

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular port for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation.

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