Jordan Pond

Top choice in Acadia National Park

On clear days, the glassy waters of this 176-acre pond reflect the image of Penobscot Mountain like a mirror. A stroll around the pond and its surrounding forests and flower meadows is one of Acadia's most popular and family-friendly activities. (Sorry, no swimming allowed.) Follow the 3-mile self-guided nature trail around the pond before stopping for a cuppa at the Jordan Pond House.

There are numerous trails leading off from the lake, some easy, others strenuous. For a short but challenging climb up to a viewpoint overlooking the water, take the trail up to South Bubble, located in the northeast corner of the pond. It's steep, but it's only about 0.4 miles to the Bubble Rock, a massive boulder which seems precariously perched over the mountain's ledge.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Acadia National Park attractions

1. Cadillac Mountain

1.98 MILES

Don't leave the park without driving – or hiking – to the 1530ft summit of Cadillac Mountain. For panoramic views of Frenchman Bay, walk the paved 0.5…

2. Asticou Azalea Garden

2.55 MILES

Created in 1957, this lovely 2.3-acre garden is laced with paths, little shelters and ornamental Japanese-style bridges. Azaleas and rhododendrons bloom…

3. Somes Sound

2.69 MILES

This fjord-like embayment is one of the most striking natural features in Acadia. It was formed by glaciers and makes for a picturesque backdrop to a…

4. Thuya Garden

2.69 MILES

Some of the most beautiful gardens on the island lie hidden atop a forest-backed bluff overlooking the east side of the harbor. Flowers bursting with…

5. Abbe Museum at Sieur de Monts Spring


This summertime offshoot of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor is located at the Sieur de Monts Spring area inside Acadia National Park. This was the original…

6. Wild Gardens of Acadia

3.01 MILES

Botany buffs will appreciate the detail of these acre-sized botanic gardens, which show 12 of Acadia's biospheres in miniature, from bog and coniferous…

7. Acadia National Park

3.02 MILES

New England's only national park turned 100 in 2016 – it's a fine-looking centenarian. Within its borders are impressive coastal landmarks and great…

8. Thunder Hole

3.55 MILES

Waves rush into a natural opening carved into the rocks to create a thunderous splash, reaching high into the air when conditions are right. Steps from…