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Acadia National Park

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Overview

People have been drawn to the mountainous coast of Maine for many years. Awed by its stunning and diverse landscape, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that eventually became Acadia National Park. Home to many different plants and animals, the park is comprised of rocky mountains and lush forests that display amazing colors in the fall. From atop this mountainous terrain, visitors will enjoy incredible views of the sea. Today, visitors come to Acadia to hike rocky peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or decompress and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

To learn more about Acadia National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Hours of operation vary by day and season. To see current hours of operation, visit the park's website.

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center: Open daily, year round. Hours vary by season.
  • Park Headquarters: Open from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Days vary by season.
  • Thompson Island Information Center: Open daily from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, mid-May through mid-October.
  • Village Green Information Center: Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm from May 25 to Columbus Day.
  • Islesford Historical Museum: Hours and days vary by season.
  • Sieur de Monts Nature Center: Open 9 am to 5 pm, weekends only for May. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, June through early September.

Visiting Tips

Acadia National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Weather in Acadia can be unpredictable, and visitors should come prepared for sun, snow, fog, ice, or anything in between. Certain park facilities and amenities are only open seasonally. Park Loop Road is closed annually from December 1 to April 14, weather dependent, and the unpaved roads in the park are closed from November 15 to May 15. For more information on current closures, visit the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
The park operates three main campgrounds in addition to several remote campsites on the Isle au Haute and a stock campground. Reservations for group and individual campsites at Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds are accepted seasonally and are recommended during peak season from May to October. To learn more about camping in the park, visit the park's website.

  • Blackwoods Campground:Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online.
  • Seawall Campground: Open from late May to early September. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online.
  • Schoodic Woods Campground: Open from lat May until Columbus Day. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online.
  • Duck Harbor Campground (Isle au Haut): Five primitive sites available from May 15 to October 15 by reservation only. Reservations can be made by mailing in a reservation request form which can be found online.
  • Wildwood Stables Campground: Only open for visitors with stock animals.

Lodging:
There is no lodging located within the park. Visitors looking for lodging will find plenty of options in the nearby towns outside of Acadia National Park.

Food & Drink

The Jordan Pond House is the only dining facility located in the park. This restaurant serves lunch, tea, and dinner from mid-May through late October. There are many dining options available in nearby communities outside of the park.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Acadia National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

In addition to these program, the park also offers bus and carriage tours and ranger-narrated boat cruises. To learn more about these tours as well as to see current information about pricing and making a reservation, visit the park's website.

Shuttles:
Acadia National Park offers a free shuttle service that features eight routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in the park. To learn more about this shuttle service, click here.

Other Activities

There are many other opportunities to enjoy the wonder that is Acadia National Park. Whether hiking, driving, camping, fishing, boating, birdwatching, horseback riding, swimming, or picnicking, the park is sure to have something for everyone. Options for winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. In the summer, be sure to grab a bike and ride some of the amazing carriage roads weaving through the National Park. For those looking for additional adventure, look no further than the great opportunities for rock climbing in the park.

Maps & Guidebooks

If you're interested in learning more about great day hikes, weather, camping / lodging, and geology, check out James Kaiser's Guide to Acadia National Park.

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Acadia National Park - 8

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gem Favorite The sun rises over Cadillac Mountain and the archipelago.

Cadillac Mountain Summit

(73) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, ME. with permission from E Koh

Sand Beach

(58) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

Thunder Hole

(54) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite The Iconic Bass Harbor Lighthouse

Bass Harbor Head Light

(36) Tremont, ME
gem Favorite rockline

Otter Cliff

(29) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite Surf at Schoodic after recent storm

Schoodic Point

(19) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite Jordan pond crane pose after a famous “popover”.

Jordan Pond House at Jordan Pond

(29) Bar Harbor, ME
gem Favorite View from Beech Mountain Fire Tower

Beech Mountain Fire Tower

(13) Tremont, ME

Recommended Routes in Acadia National Park - 19

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Favorite Jordan Pond, ME. with permission from E Koh
Easy/Intermediate

Jordan Pond Path

3.4 mi 5.5 km 29' Up 8.91 m Up 28' Down 8.55 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Intermediate/Difficult

Gorham Mountain Loop

3.6 mi 5.9 km 774' Up 235.82 m Up 781' Down 238.17 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite View from Great Head Peninsula.
Intermediate

Great Head Trail

1.5 mi 2.3 km 232' Up 70.82 m Up 235' Down 71.56 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite View from Acadia Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Acadia Mountain

2.5 mi 4.1 km 657' Up 200.12 m Up 656' Down 200.01 m Down

Tremont, ME
Favorite Precipice Trail lives up to its name.
Difficult

Precipice Loop

2.3 mi 3.6 km 1,072' Up 326.81 m Up 1,071' Down 326.54 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite Jordan Cliffs Trail. View of Jordan Pond in the fall.
Difficult

Penobscot Mountain Loop

5.2 mi 8.3 km 1,043' Up 317.8 m Up 1,043' Down 317.94 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite A proper Acadian hello.
Easy

Wonderland Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 59' Up 18.07 m Up 59' Down 18.08 m Down

Tremont, ME
Favorite View from the summit of South Bubble.
Intermediate/Difficult

Bubble Rock

1.2 mi 1.9 km 288' Up 87.74 m Up 288' Down 87.64 m Down

Bar Harbor, ME
Favorite Views of Long Pond from Beech Mountain
Intermediate

Beech Mountain Trail

1.2 mi 1.9 km 353' Up 107.61 m Up 353' Down 107.48 m Down

Tremont, ME

Acadia National Park Hiking

  • 235 Miles 378 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Gems Gems
  • 49 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 75 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 21 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Acadia National Park - 126

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0.6 mi 0.9 km #1Beehive Trail
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 116 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #2Ocean Path
Easy/Intermediate
Bar Harbor, ME
Easy/Intermediate
Bar Harbor, ME 52 
2.1 mi 3.4 km #3Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 41 
4.0 mi 6.5 km #4Cadillac South Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Intermediate/Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 33 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #5Precipice Trail
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 27 
2.3 mi 3.6 km #6Bubbles Trail
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 29 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #7Gorge Path
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 18 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #8Acadia Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tremont, ME
Intermediate/Difficult
Tremont, ME 13 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #9Pemetic South Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Intermediate/Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME 14 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #10Canon Brook Trail
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME
Difficult
Bar Harbor, ME

Photos of Acadia National Park - 227

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The Iconic Bass Harbor Lighthouse
Jul 12, 2016 near Tremont, ME
Milk Way Above Eagle Lake, Acadia National Park, ME
Apr 1, 2015 near Bar Harbor, ME
Near Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park
Aug 25, 2015 near Bar Harbor, ME
The sun rises over Cadillac Mountain and the archipelago.
Mar 30, 2017 near Bar Harbor, ME
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, ME. with permission from E Koh
Jun 21, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Sunrise on Cadillac.
Apr 7, 2016 near Bar Harbor, ME
Hop across the road from the Anvil Trail to soak up this gorgeous Schoodic Peninsula coastal landscape.
Mar 30, 2017 near Gouldsboro, ME
Trail conditions and walking path.
Jul 9, 2020 near Bar Harbor, ME