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Discover Acadia National Park, 2nd: AMC Guide to the Best Hiking, Biking, and Paddling (AMC Discover Series) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: AMC Discover Series
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books; 2nd edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192917358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929173587
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Here is your ultimate guide to outdoor adventure in Acadia National Park. Published by the Northeast's oldest and largest outdoor club, this completely updated guide features 50 of the best hiking, biking, and paddling trips on Mt. Desert Island, Isle au Haut, and the Schoodic Peninsula. Each detailed trip description summarizes trip time, distance, and difficulty, and now indicates the closest stop in the Park's easy-to-use shuttle system. Eighty additional hiking trails are also described, making this the most comprehensive guide to outdoor activities available for the Park. A full-color, pull-out, contour map shows every hiking trail in the park, as well as carriage roads, park roads, paddling launch sites, and shuttle bus stops. Whether you are planning a day hike or a week-long visit, you'll get the inside story on where to go and what to do during a visit to the Northeast's only National Park.

Inside you'll find:

* 50 hiking, biking, and paddling trips for all abilities
* Descriptions of all hiking trails on Mt. Desert Island
* Updated pull-out map with trails, carriage roads, shuttle stops, and boat launches
* At-A-Glance Trip Planner that helps identify the best adventures for you
* Appendices including campgrounds, boat trips, outfitters, and more

About the Author

Jerry and Marcy Monkman photograph and write about the wild places of New England. Their work has been published in many magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker, Natural History, Canoe & Kayak, and Yankee. They are also regular contributors to the publications of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conference, the Northern Forest Alliance, and Manomet Observatory. They live in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with their two children.

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The appendices and index were a nice touch.
R. Bragdon
If you are specifically going to hike and do some very fun peak bagging, buy the Acadia Trail map in Bar Harbor.
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Because of information in book, I was able to plan ahead and use my time to get the most out of the trip.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Butler on August 1, 2005
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and we were sure glad we bought this book. The map that comes with the book is five stars for sure. There were countless times we used the map to find out where we exactly were. The map was used to help people on the trail know exactly where they were. The book itself was a helpful planning tool for our hiking and biking times. I didn't get to spend as much time before the trip in it as I would have liked. It could be a five star book, but I haven't read enough of the book to feel comfortable giving it that rating; however, I do know that what I did read was accurate and helpful. It will certainly be an excellent resource for our next trip to Acadia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bragdon on September 6, 2008
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Because our trip focused on hiking and bicycling, this book was perfect. We didn't paddle, but the hikes and bike rides were well-described. Because this is not a general guide like the Moon book, more space can be dedicated to these activities. The appendices and index were a nice touch. Although the book comes with the paper version of the wonderful AMC Hiking, Biking and Paddling Map, I'd highly recommend buying the separate tyvec version, as it is more durable. You'll use the AMC map almost exclusively because it has all the hiking trails, the carriage roads, the regular roads, and the shuttle bus stops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Mom on September 4, 2008
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Unless you're just there for a day or two to do the driving tour, you'll find good use for this guide and map. In fact, the map alone is worth the price. For example, you'll find parking areas that aren't indicated on the NPS map; no small advantage for visitors to this often crowded park. Another plus, the book has well organized trail charts to use in choosing your outing. And finally, there are descriptions of natural history to help you appreciate the ecology of the park. We found nothing inaccurate in the map or trail descriptions, but it must be noted that we sampled only a small portion of the trips described in the book. And I must add, if you are planning a trip to Acadia and have two reasonably well-functioning legs, make sure you get yourself out on a bike on the carriage paths. I don't know that you can get a cycling experience like that anywhere else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on August 21, 2008
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You are not going to Acadia to bag another national park; you are not driving hundreds of miles just to drive up another mile to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, or to take a tour bus to the popover capital of the universe, Jordan Pond House. No. You are going there to bike your buns off. You're taking your kayak to feel the salty Atlantic spray in your face. You are going to bag Acadia's peaks the old fashioned way, by hiking up. You are going to need the Appalachian Mountain Club's book, "Discover Acadia National Park, Second Edition." You are going to need the pocket-sized map inside the back cover, and when your trip is over and you put it back in its sleeve, it's going to be dog-eared and wet. Your souvenir will be your sunburn; you'll do Acadia your way.

Cycling
Most of you will bike, it's the national sport here. The carriage paths (so called because John D. Rockefeller Jr. had them constructed for horse-drawn carriages), criss-cross the entire park, including the high elevation parts with the best views. When the AMC classifies the "Around The Mountain Loop" as "Difficult," you can expect to perspire a little. But honestly, the AMC tends to exaggerate a little. That "Around the Mountain Loop" isn't going to take you anything like 4 hours; it's going to take 2.5 hours at most. That 4 hour estimate is going to give you time to change a flat tire. And the Eagle Lake Loop will take a fit novice 50 minutes, not 2 hours.

Kayaking
The freshwater kayak excursions are very popular, but you didn't drive hundreds of miles to the Maine coast to paddle in ponds. Okay, loosen up in Eagle Lake, but eventually you're going to want to paddle Frenchman's Bay, The Porcupine Islands, or Somes Sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackieblue on September 5, 2007
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We liked this book and did three hikes out of it. Overall the book was accurate. Probably next time we'd buy a pocket-size book, however, it was nice to read some of the detail and history about the areas we were hiking through. One item we suggest in the future is some drawing of the route. Although the book comes with a map and that worked (if we had it with us or handy).
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