schoodic-woods-natureWhile close to 3 million people visit Acadia National Park annually – and perhaps many more will this summer when the park celebrates its Centennial – most of them head for the deservedly famous mountains, trails and loop road on Mount Desert Island. Yet just a one hour drive further along the coast is the Schoodic Peninsula, a section of the park that offers more peace and quiet as well as an unforgettable camping experience at the new Schoodic Woods Campground. The campground is due to the largesse of a philanthropic family foundation that purchased 3,200 acres adjacent to the existing park. They built a visitor center, 8.5 miles of bike paths, 4 miles of hiking trails and a 100+ site campground which they then donated to Acadia National Park. The campground was unveiled last fall and opens for the 2016 season on May 24. Now is the time to reserve a space for summer and fall. Go to the National Park reservations site.