Beyond the City Proper: Acadia National Park started out as the dream of John D. Rockefeller. This legendary industrialist, who made his fortunes in the oil industry, worked with local improvement societies to finance the purchase of large tracts of land on Mt. Desert Island to create a nature refuge for the public. He subsequently had gracious, paved pathways built throughout the park to provide access to walkers, hikers and cyclists (but, ironically, no automobiles). Eventually, this refuge was turned over to the federal government to become Acadia National Park. In the fall, the park takes on an almost other worldly splendor as the paths course through majestic stands of trees ablaze with the colors of the season. These trails enables walkers to reach gorgeous landmarks throughout the park including Eagle Lake and Sand Beach for added enjoyment. Better yet, fall is a great time of year to visit Acadia. With the throngs of summer visitors to the park having long departed, there are times when you may almost feel like you have the park to yourself.