Winter Coast

With 40 miles of ocean coastline, Maine's Acadia National Park is a summer playground. In the winter, when temperatures slip below zero and storm winds mash the North Atlantic against the rocks, it's no less appealing to the eye. Just less hospitable to the rest of the body. All the more reason to savor the season in these stunning photographs.

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Winter Coast

Steve Uzzell
 

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 Otter Point 
A winter storm approaches. Gusts of 45 mph drive high tide into the rocks along Ocean Drive on the eastern edge of the island. Otter Cliffs are in the background.

 Winter Shore 
Snow, sleet, and freezing rain glaze the island, dusting the rock remnants of a glacial age with powder and creating miniature ice gardens along the way.

 Bass Harbor 
The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse watches the harbor on the southern end of the island. It's caught here in the final rays of a winter day.

 Acadia National Park 
The 35,000-acre national park makes up about one-third of the land on Maine's Mount Desert Island. The city of Bar Harbor, on the island's northeast coast, is just outside the park's main entrance on Route 3.

Though less than 5 percent of the 2.7 million annual visitors to Acadia show up in the months of December through March, the park is still open. You can even camp. Services and facilities are cut back, however, and some roads are closed because of unpredictable weather. Winter temperatures range from daytime highs in the mid-40s to subzero at night. And the average annual snowfall is 60 inches.

To find out more, call Acadia National Park at 207/288-3338 or write to P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609. Or call the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 800/288-5103. Check out the park online at http://www.nps.gov/acad.

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