Acadia National ParkSand Beach is a geologic rarity - one of the few cold-water, shell-based sand beaches in the world. Sand beaches are uncommon in Maine, because cold water traps gases that dissolve seashells and most of the coastline consists of hard granite that erodes slowly. But here, the offshore rock, called "Old Soaker," diverts a strong current into a glacially formed pocket which captures shell fragments. This beach also is affected typically by a 12-foot variance between low and high tides. Do not underestimate the strength of the tides and currents. The surface sands rest on a huge bed of granite cobbles - both of which can totally disappear after hurricanes reclaim them into the Gulf of Maine.Beach Safety Tips · Watch for slippery or loose rocks. · The water is cold - 45-55°F (7-13°C). · Be alert for changing tides and strong waves that could carry you out to sea.Protect the Park · Pets are not permitted on this beach in the summer. · Stay off the dunes and grass. · Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||19T E 565081 N 4908779|
|Decimal Degrees||44.32936667, -68.18371667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 19.762', W 68° 11.023'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 19' 45.72" N, 68° 11' 1.38" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Ocean Path, Bar Harbor ME 04609, US|
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