Acadia National Park

Hiking in Acadia National Park is the best way to experience coastal Maine’s most beautiful landscapes. This well-traveled park — America’s oldest east of the Mississippi — wends century-old carriage roads and rough-and-tumble trails around weathered granite peaks, giving its 2 million annual visitors a taste of life beside the sea.

Some of the best hikes in Acadia National Park are low-mileage, perfect for families eager for a half day excursion. And the park’s resident animals, from moose to falcon to the occasional black bear, will be sure to keep you on your toes for the duration of your stay.

Best 100 Miles: Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, ME

This mile of heart-pounding mountain climbing is among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.