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Acadia National Park

A Peaceful Paradise

In the American State of Maine, located near the State of New York; is the location of the Acadia National Park. The biggest island is that of Mount Desert Island but there are also a lot of smaller islands in the park. This just sits off the Atlantic coast; however Acadia wasn’t always the name of the park. It was firstly known as the Lafayette National Park back in 1919. It was the oldest park to the east of the Mississippi river; and the park was eventually renamed to the Acadia a decade later in 1929.

However, years ago, Acadia was inhabited by humans. It was John Rockefeller Jr who designed, directed and even financed the work of the carriage trail through the park. He was the man to put up the money to help create the trails so that anyone could enjoy a tour through the park. Rockefeller created the 17 granite bridges, as well as the trails and the two gate lodges – they are all in use today and have been highly maintained also.

The Fire Of 1947

In 1947, on the 17th of October, almost 10,000 acres across the park was destroyed by a huge fire that erupted. The fire started at the Crooked Road which is only a few miles away from Hulls Cove. This was a huge forest fire that was started because of the dry weather the area had and it continued all the way through until November, the 14th of the month to be exact. During this time however, the Navy, Army, Coast Guard and local residents were all on hand to help control the blaze; though the National Park Service also helped to control the blaze.

After the fire, there was a huge restoration program set up. Mostly the Rockefeller family helped the restoration program; but most of the regrowth program was natural. Some say that the fire helped to add beauty to the park. However, the fire did help to bring diversity to the population of trees because more were grown since the fire.

Throughout the years however, there have been many different groups of people who wish to restore some of the parts of the park which need care and attention. The Friends of Acadia program was launched in 1986 and this helped to restore the road system throughout the park. Of course many visitors come here every year so good roads and safety are vital.

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Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Acadia National Park.

The Terrain of Acadia National Park

The terrains in the national park include things such as oceanic shorelines, lakes, wood lands and mountain ranges. Mount Desert Island isn’t the only island in the park as there is also the Baker Island. There is the Isle au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula which is located on the mainland of the park. There is almost 47000 acres across the park and the Mount Desert Island is where a large part of the land is found – almost 30,300 acres.

Though, the Cadillac Mountain range is certainly going to be one of the more popular spots of the park. The mountain was named after the explorer Cadillac; and the mountain can be found on the east part of Mount Desert Island. Though a lot of the roads were built; and the mountains throughout Acadia National Park give the chance for those who love to ride a bike or hike, to be able to enjoy the scenery also. There are some spectacular views of the many island lakes, the pine forests and of course the ocean. There are almost two million visitors that come to the park yearly.

Acadia National Park does have many different species of wild life including;

-The bobcat

-Black bears

-Red squirrels

-Grey squirrels

-The white tailed deer

-Chipmunks

-The beavers

-Moose

-Foxes

-The coyote

-The porcupine

-Muskrats

There are however a lot of different types of specify out there also and numerous marine life also.

The explorations and excavations of the Mount Desert Island have shown remains of some native mammals. Things such as the bones of;

-The Elk

-The Grey Seal

-The Indian Dog

-The Wolf

-Deer

-The Beaver

-Sea Mink Which Are Extinct

-Muskrat

-Lynx

-Raccoon

However, beavers were introduced back into the island in 1920. There were two pairs of beavers released back onto the island and have since repopulated the island. Though, in 1947, there was a large fire which destroyed almost half of all of the trees on the island. This did make way for trees such as birch, aspen, maple, alder and a lot of other deciduous trees in the area. This really helped the beaver population to build and become stronger.

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Acadia National Park Landscape

There were once the grey wolf and the puma or mountain lion as it is also known as, found in the park. However, it is thought that these animals have been forced out of the park because of the fact that smaller animals or prey in the park has decreased. It is also thought that human activity near the park may have caused the decrease with the mountain lion and grey wolf.

There are many different parts of the Acadia National Park to visit including;

-The Eagle Lake

-Schooner Head

-The Bear Brook Picnic Area

-The Schoodic Peninsula

-Visitors Can Sail Along The Coastline

-View The Amazing Cadillac Mountain

-Visit Jordan Pond

-Visit The Beautiful Thunder Hole

-Enjoy The Sand Beach

-Climbing To The Summit Of Mount Penobscot

There are so many different attractions to visit while in the park and no matter what sort of day it is, there is going to be something for everyone. This is why the Acadia National Park is a popular choice for many and why more and more visitors flock to the park every year. It is truly a lovely and beautiful area to visit.

Glacier National Park

Between the border of Canada and the United States

 

The Glacier National Park is a great national park in the American State of Montana. The grounds of the National Park cover almost one million acres of land which makes it one of the largest in the world today. However, this does cover the sub ranges of the Rocky Mountains; and there are at least one hundred and thirty known lakes – all of which have been named. The park is the home of hundreds of different species of wild life as well as more than a thousand different species of plant life also.

The Glacier National Park is certainly one of the most loved national parks today. This park has a huge and almost pristine ecosystem which is some achievement; it is certainly the centre piece of the park. It can also be known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. This is a huge piece of land of the park which covers almost sixteen thousand miles of land.

What Visitors Can Do In the Park?

Glacier National Park is in fact quite a distance from many major cities. The park does still receive many visitors as it’s not in fact that difficult to find the park or get to the park either. However, there is a nearby airport – Kalispell airport in Montana; and in fact this park is only a few miles southwest of the park. However, visitors can also use the Amtrak trains which stop at the West and East Glacier and Essex also.

For the visitors, they will be able to use the 1930’s Red Jammers coaches, from the White Motor Company which have been restored, and can use these to tour around the park. This can include the main roads of the park; and the coaches were rebuilt in 2001 by Ford. The coaches were rebuilt because the bodies were actually removed for their chassis which were outdated and old; instead they were rebuilt on Ford E series chassis which are modern. They can also run on propane which helps to prevent CO2 emissions.

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Canoes in Glacier national park

Visitors can also be taken across some of the larger lakes in the park. There are very old wooden boats which date back to around 1920 which are used to take groups on a tour across the lakes. These boats are quite big as they can hold up around 80 tourists on one sitting. Though, hiking is very popular throughout the park.

Throughout the year, there are more than a million visitors which like to hike through the parks almost seven hundred miles of various trails. Many of the trails can be closed down during parts of the year because of snow. The National Park service take every precautions when it comes to keeping the park preserved as well as the visitors safe from accidents.

For any visitors, they are not permitted to bring any dogs into the park’s trails. This is because that there are large animals such as bears throughout the trails, so for safety dogs aren’t permitted on the trails. However, dogs can go to the campsites. The campsites are free from any sort of large mammals and it is considered safe for the family pet also. All campsites can be accessible via the paved roads though a vehicle is necessary to have when visiting the campsite.

For any Canadian visitors coming to visit the park across the border, they do need to have their passport. Though any visitor coming from Canada or America will be able to enjoy the park. Day hikes are certainly a very popular attraction the park has to offer; and there are plenty of back country trails to camp out at.

Some of the back country is not going to be accessible for hikers from the early part of the year because of snow which is usually found at the winter and spring months. Though in early June, some of the back country will be accessible but for higher altitude trails, the snow can stay to around July. This is because there is a higher risk of avalanches when there is an accumulation of snow.

There is a variety of campgrounds which offer vehicle access and many of the campgrounds are found the larger lakes. This offers perfect views for all visitors to sit and enjoy. Two campgrounds will be open all year including Apgar and St Mary but some of the conditions will be closed off such as no running water and restroom facilities are closed during the colder months.

Most campgrounds are going to be opened from around the month of June to around the middle of September. Though there will be a lot of shuttle and guided tours available for those who don’t have vehicle access to the park’s campgrounds.

Visitors can also take up fishing as this is a very popular pastime in the park. A lot of visitors head here to come fly fishing as this is one of the popular attractions the park has. There are not permits required when it comes to fishing but those who wish to fish in the park and its boundaries will need to follow the rules and regulations while fishing.

For any fishermen or women catching the bull trout, it absolutely must be released into the back immediately once caught – the bull trout is endangered and the park doesn’t want anyone catching these fish. During the winter, activities are going to be very limited. There is no snow mobiles allowed in any parts of the park and cross country skiing has to be limited also. Skiers also need to stay firmly away from the avalanche zones also.

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Mount Sinopah – Glacier National Park

Some of the perfect areas to visit while in the Glacier National Park

Wild Goose Island

Saint Mary Lake

Triple Pass Divide

Bowman Lake

Lake McDonald

Kintla Peak

Hidden Lake

The Big Drift

Going To The Sun Road

Iceberg Lake

Grinnell Glacier

Pass Logan

Chief Mountain

These are just a few of the most popular areas of Glacier National.

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