In early December, this hiker got a really good look at everything new at the new Schoodic Woods land that’s been added to Acadia National Park, Down East on the Schoodic Peninsula, most especially the hiking trails and bike paths. My wife Fran and I enjoyed a wonderful day in the unseasonably mild weather, tallying 9 1/2 miles on foot on a big loop walk that used trails, bike paths and park roads. I wrote about our adventure in the Maine Sunday Telegram a couple weeks later. You can read all about it here: Expansion at Acadia is reason to celebrate.
Space is limited in the paper, so I wanted to share with you a few more images of the Schoodic hike, as well as a few interesting notes from my research and conversation with a park official that didn’t make cut. Enjoy!
The National Park Service acquired the original 2,366-acre Schoodic property in 1929, including four islands: Little Moose, Pond, Rolling and Schoodic.
The rich species diversity on Schoodic includes 343 vascular and forest plants. Most abundant is the maritime forest of red spruce and balsam fir.
About 1.5 miles into the hike, we turned onto the new bike path network and headed for Buck Cove Mountain. Carey Kish photo.
Common mammals on Schoodic range from moose, deer and coyote to shrews, squirrels and hares.
A total of 96 species of migrating and breeding birds are found at Schoodic.
Around the time of the orginal land donation in the late 20’s, John D. Rockefeller was working with the National Park Service to build the Park Loop Road on Mount Desert Island, but the road could not be completed around Otter Point because of the US Navy radio communication station located there (marked by a monument across from Fabbri Picnic Area). The NPS got the Navy to move the station from Otter Point to Schoodic Point. In exchange for this, the NPS built the fabulous Rockefeller building and a number of other base structures.
The infrastructure of the new Schoodic Woods section of the park was entirely built and donated to Acadia National Park by a private family concern under the name of Schoodic Woods LLC. Schoodic Woods LLC donated the conservation easement on the land to the park, then transferred the land to the National Parks Foundation. The next step is for the NPF to deed Schoodic Woods to ANP.
When I queried John Kelly, management assistant with Acadia National Park, about the potential for groomed cross-country skiing, he replied, “I don’t know yet. The public has certainly asked for it.” Keep your fingers crossed.
The new hiking trails and bike paths at Schoodic Woods enable adventurous visitors to walk the length of the Schoodic Peninsula from Blueberry Hill to Route 186.