Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MAP OF BEAR CAVE - ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

You will find the words OLD BEAR CAVE on old maps that date back to before Acadia National Park was founded.  Back than Bar harbor was named Eden and the bear cave was a trail the locals liked to hike.  Since there was no park, let alone a park loop road, it took me a while to finally locate the bear cave, and as it turned out, I had passed right by it many times without ever knowing it was right there, tucked in behind the trees.
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The Bears Den - Acadia National Park


To locate the bear cave, drive along the ONE WAY section of the park loop road, like your heading to Sand Beach.  You will pass the turn off for the Wild Gardens of Acadia and the Nature Center, stay on the park loop road and continue driving until you come to a pond on the right hand side of the road - you can't miss it.  Drive pass the pond and park at a pull over on the left and side of the roadway just up ahead.
Now walk down the side of the roadway, on the right hand side of the road, until you reach the end of the ledge, where you can look into the woods.  You will see a large dark shadow in the tree's, this is the opening to the bear cave.  A well worn but unmarked path leads to the opening.

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