Without hesitation, I believe I can say that one of my favorite things about Acadia National Park was Jordan Pond. It’s serene and it’s just enough of a hike that you break a sweat, but you don’t feel like you are going to die (which is okay for some things, but not for most).

The trail begins at Jordan Pond House – where if you are fortunate, you can grab popovers and jam. The day we were there, we missed out, because while not many people were doing the hike, everyone and their Grandma were waiting to get a popover. (Another time, perhaps).

From JP House, we decided to go the right. There doesn’t seem to be a set way to go, and the left path was through the woods. We thought we’d enjoy the shade more after we were at the end of the 3.4 miles, so right it was.

Not far in, we had to stop and wait while the oldest boy proved to himself and us that he could get out to a large rock in the pond without falling in. He did…but his shoes got soaked, and the rock was covered in bird poo…

Onward…

At the midway point, there’s a couple of bridges where we stopped to have a snack and a drink. Oh and BEAVERS. There are signs of beavers everywhere…felled trees with the tell-tale chewed shapes, dams galor…but no actual beavers to speak of.

The rest of the hike, though…that’s the magical part. Through the woods, over streams and finally to the famous boardwalk. It was added simply to keep our feet up off the foliage, but it was the entire reason I was mad about this hike.

I mean…look at this thing…


 

It’s like a fairy-tale wonderland.