Schoodic Peninsula, Winter Harbor, Maine, USA

The fabulous and scenic Schoodic Peninsula is a peninsula in Down East Maine. It is located four miles east of Bar Harbor, Maine, as the crow flies. The Schoodic Peninsula contains 2,266 acres  or approximately 5% of Acadia National Park. It includes the towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor.

The peninsula has a stunning rocky granite shoreline containing many volcanic dikes. The peninsula is home to the former United States Navy base, NGSA Winter Harbor, which has been converted into a National Park Service training center. A 3,300-acre  resort development was proposed for land abutting Schoodic Peninsula’s national park holdings to the north.

An anonymous donor eventually bought the entire 3,200 acre tract and built the Schoodic Woods Campground and miles of gravel bike paths before donating all of it to Acadia National Park.Opening in 2015, Schoodic Woods is the newest campground in Acadia National Park, and the first built in the park since the original campgrounds were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression beginning in 1936. In the summer, the Schoodic peninsula is currently served by two separate ferry services from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor that run daily.

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