Carroll Homestead

Carroll Homestaed Grounds 

The Carroll Homestead is a part of Acadia National Park that most tourists never visit. This isolated part of Acadia National Park was a farm during the nineteenth century. The old farmhouse is the only building on the grounds. This building is typical of nineteenth century buildings with the exception of a contemporary asphalt shingled roof and some modern vents to apparently prevent mold and decay. The interior of the house is vacant and in some disrepair. Someday the National Park Service may repair and open this home showing the living conditions of a nineteenth century family. Currently, this day-use area is an excellent place to have a picnic or just rest in the shade of a tree. On days when Acadia National Park is swarming with visitors, the Carroll Homestead will often be vacant allowing the visitor to escape the teeming hoard of visitors elsewhere in the park.

Carroll Homestead House 

The entrance to the Carroll Homestead is off State Route 102 about 1/3 mile (1/2 kilometer) south of the entrance to the Echo Lake swim area on the left side (east side) of the highway as one drives towards the center of Southwest Harbor. A trail from the parking area leads to the grounds or one can can continue to follow the road to the handicap parking area which is adjacent to the Carroll Homestead grounds. There is a port-a-potty at the handicap parking area. This area is remote and primitive. The Carroll Homestead trail terminates at the Carroll Homestead grounds. There are no other trails in this area. Do not attempt to make your way through the forest to access other parts of Acadia National Park. Keep an eye on children. The forest in this area is dense. Rescuing a lost person in this area of the park is difficult.

Carroll Homestead Trail 


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