Schoodic Peninsula is part of Acadia National Park and is about an hour drive from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island. Schoodic Peninsula is one of the less crowded areas of the Park with spectacular and unforgettable views of huge waves crashing onto the colored rocks covered coastline. This is the only part of the Park on the main land that can be easily accessed by road. After passing Winter Harbor town, this 11 mile one-way scenic loop road goes all around the Peninsula that runs parallel to the ocean and offers many attractive pullovers.
These photos are from our two day visit to Acadia National Park in mid September 2012.
Best things to do
- Drive alongside the beautiful ocean on the Schoodic Peninsula loop road. The scenic and relaxed drive offers many pullovers with stunning views of the ocean, crashing and splashing big waves, rocky beaches and tide pools, pink granite and boulders covered coastline, forested islands, lighthouses, seabirds, and most importantly, opens up for spectacular sunsets as well as sunrises.
- Enjoy hiking the Anvil Trail. This 2 mile out and back trail is located near Winter Harbor on Schoodic loop road and is rated as moderate. The hike opens up to a beautiful forest, ocean views and a chance to see wildlife
- Relax and relish the breathtaking view of the ocean at Schoodic Point. Schoodic Point is the southern tip of the Schoodic Peninsula and is totally exposed to ocean waves. It is really amazing to view the pounding waves during the rough seas as well as the stunning views of Cadillac Mountain to the West. Walk around the magnificent colored rocks and boulders and enjoy the breeze.
- Appreciate the colorful and various size boats at Winter Harbor, the harbor that is not freezing over in winter. Winter Harbor is an attractive port for the local fishermen