Hio Road, Mount Desert Island, Maine
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Hio Road goes through a heath meadow. Not the Scottish kind, but the old Acadian type under balsams. Itís still based on peat moss, but instead of being bare and open itís almost a jungle of green. This is where to see a real Acadian forest. Basically, the entire place is a bowl holding water and peat. So full of plants and animals! Not many birds I could see, so perhaps we were too late in the season. Itís supposed to be birdersí paradise, but maybe not in September? Big Heath (Seawall Bog) is a 420 acre section of the park. The main part of Acadia National Park was burned in 1947 and is still recovering. The Quiet Side escaped that devastation, so itís an older more established forest.