Regionalism as Seen Through the National Parks
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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK-MAINE
Acadia, located in Maine, is an excellent example of an environment that protects the rugged coast line of rocks and cliffs formed by the movement of glaciers. “Water is the music of Acadia, played by ocean waves as they rhythmically crash against the rocky, cliff-lined coast and then retreat, setting the tempo for shoreline life”.(Reader’s Digest p.21) There is much to see and do in Acadia National Park. The cold waters and rocky coastline invite you to explore the various types of sea and shore life. You may bird watch, explore sea caves, observe a lobster fisherman pull in his traps, collect shells from Seawall Beach, hike on the more than 120 miles of wooded trails somewhat inland. Cadillac Mountain, is the highest point on the North American Eastern coast. From it you can see for miles. The distant islands in Frenchman’s Bay, harbors, and towns invite you to visit them. Modernized lighthouses warn ships of the dangers along the coast line. Many birds and animals can be observed such as seals, eagles, and wood ducks. National Park Service naturalists conduct walks, campfires, sea cruises, and present interpretive programs of interest to all age groups. “Acadia is a park of great appeal. It combines sea, mountain, forest, valley, and lake”. (Melbo p.121)