Schoodic Peninsula, Bar Harbor

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
The Schoodic Peninsula is a peninsula in Down East Maine. It is located four miles (6 km) east of Bar Harbor, Maine, as the crow flies. The Schoodic Peninsula contains 2,266 acres (9 km2), or approximately 5% of Acadia National Park. It includes the towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor. The peninsula has a rocky granite shoreline containing many volcanic dikes. The peninsula is home to the former United States Navy base, NSGA Winter Harbor, which has been converted into a National Park Service training center. A 3,300-acre (13 km2) resort development was proposed for land abutting Schoodic Peninsula's national park holdings to the north. An anonymous donor eventually bought the entire 3,200-acre tract and built the Schoodic Woods Campground and miles of gravel bike paths before donating all of it to Acadia National Park. Opening in 2015, Schoodic Woods is the newest campground in Acadia National Park, and the first built in the park since the original campgrounds were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression beginning in 1936. In the summer, the Schoodic peninsula is currently served by two separate ferry services from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor that run daily.

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  • Great drive to see while in Acadia. The one day was rainy during our stay and we did the Schoodic drive since it wasnt hiking weather. Beautiful views. Even in the rain. Dont miss it!  more »
  • We drove here for lack of other things to do on a cloudy (soon to be raining) afternoon. It was well worth the drive and there was hardly anyone around. I enjoyed this area a lot more than thunder...  more »
  • There’s a beautiful route for cycling around the tip of peninsula. Winter Harbor is an ideal starting point. Accessible by ferry from Bar Harbor.
  • Loved the serenity and the hikes here after Bar Harbor’s frenetic crowds.

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