- A historic village near Bar Harbor, Eden was once the primary entrance to Mount Desert Island.
- Accommodations and some basic services are available.
- Easy access to nearby towns, shopping, and lodging.
The location of this quintessential village depicts the settler's belief of what Mount Desert Island meant to them. The boats arrived for years at this protected anchorage in Thomas Bay, named after settler John Thomas. The railroad ended in Trenton, Maine on the mainland side, and those who ferried across arrived on Mount Desert Island at Eden. Many individuals, from artists and poets to industrialists and world renowned individuals, have made their way to Mount Desert Island and Eden in centuries past. Wealth, social status, and interests caused Eden to evolve. Horse racing, croquet, and large palatial estates became a large part of the area.
Eventually the area of Bar Harbor received its breakwater, and a bridge onto Mount Desert Island was constructed that allowed arrivals by different means and locations. As years passed so did the generations that cherished their Eden here on Earth. That special location is still adhered to by some who regard the tiny area at the head of Mount Desert Island as the Village of Eden.
Located just after the entrance onto Mount Desert Island, Eden is 25 minutes from Bar Harbor, 30 minutes from Northeast Harbor, and Southwest Harbor. The Village of Eden has lodging accommodations in the form of campgrounds, motels and Bed and Breakfast's.
Within the village of Eden are Bed and Breakfast's, motels, and campgrounds. Also located within this proximity are convenience stores and gas stations.
Eden, Maine is the gateway onto Mount Desert Island.
From here, Acadia National Park, boat tours, restaurants, and shopping within all island communities are within easy reach.
The free Island Explorer Bus service is available seasonally for ease of travel. These buses accommodate bikes and bags all over the Mount Desert Island area.
In Eden, marine research and museum facilities are located alongside Thomas Bay.
If traveling from the south, follow I-95 to Bangor. Follow I-395 to 1A until Ellsworth, where state routes 1 and 3 will eventually lead to Bar Harbor.
Visitors who are taking scenic Coastal Maine's Route 1 will travel through many communities offering small novelty shops, factory outlets, and dining. Eventually arriving on Main Street in Ellsworth, which is lined with many more shops, and restaurants offering visitors the chance to find special gifts, and souvenirs. From there visitors can take High Street, which ME-3 and US- 1A merge together, precede through Trenton, Maine across the bridge onto Mount Desert Island bear left onto ME-3 towards Bar Harbor, and into Eden, Maine.