We're planning a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, USA. It would be in July or August. We'll be spending two days, with a night in a hotel in one of the surrounding towns. (We haven't chosen that spot yet!)
Our group includes able-bodied hikers and climbers; and people who need wheelchairs, walkers and canes. The park is large, with several different types of terrain, so we think it's a good choice for a mixed group.
It's mostly a mission to see and record as many types of birds as we can, including ocean birds; and report the data to an environmental conservation group. We also want to just explore and have fun!
Obviously the more able-bodied will have the best viewing opportunities, and the freedom to be adventurous. They'll take turns helping the the rest of us, but we'd like to be as independent as possible.
Which road has the best accessible areas to see the most birds? We want to be in the woods, by the ocean or both. Handicapped parking would be nice, but is not necessary if it would limit our opportunities.
Where are there flat, or mostly flat, trails? What about wooden or gravel trails that wheelchairs can handle? The itinerary is customized for the wheelchair bound, but they can stop at nice places on a trail while the device-aided walkers venture farther.
I'm sure there are accessible lookouts along the roads, but we want to go deeper into the park to experience nature and fulfill our birding mission.
I don't want to be off-topic by just asking for opinions, but in our situation experience would be very helpful.
There must be good information somewhere with guidelines and directions or maps. I'd appreciate those too.