Visitor Center open Daily 9-5
Park Passes available
Main St Construction Update
|Town meeting splits sessions |
MDI shows love of Rockefeller land, and its owner
Charter school bill benefits MDI High
Bar Harbor officials ask court to dismiss former police chief’s claims
Chamber names new executive director
|Transportation Planning for Acadia Begins |
Vista Clearing in Acadia
Thunder Hole Opens
Carriage Roads Open to Walkers
Prescribed Burns Planned for Acadia
|Wendell Gilley Museum's Annual Spring Open House, Carving Show, and Sale|
17th Annual Acadia Birding Festival
Free Military Appreciation Weekend 2015 at Smuggler's Den Campground
Southwest Harbor Police Department's 2015 Bike Rodeo
|Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings
MDI Hospital Nursing Excellence Award Winners Named
MDI Hospital Launches CNA Program
Acadia National Park to offer car-free mornings
Southwest Harbor Artisans - Celebrating our Move!
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.