Acadia National Park

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73 mi 118 km

Hikes

173 mi 279 km

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Gems
8 Gems

Easy Trails
61 Trails
Intermediate Trails
45 Trails
Hard Trails
37 Trails

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: $30 per site from May to October. $15 per site April and November (weather permitting). Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online.
  • Seawall Campground: $22 per night for walk-in tents, $30 per night for drive-up sites. Open from late May to early September. Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or online.
  • Schoodic Woods Campground: $22 per night for hike-in sites. $30-$40 per night for drive-up sites. 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.

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.

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.

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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream Shop Amazing little harbour scenerie well worth a quick stop to eat and take pictures for photographers and families, that visit the States!
Sips Try the Saffron Risotto with Scallops. Normally don't eat risotto, but this was slightly creamy and truly delicious.
The Colonel's Restaurant The donuts out front are excellent and the fried clams are great!
Two Cats Try the butter milk biscuits with stawberry butter!! AWESOME
130 Cottage St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-2808
Jordan's Restaurant The toasted blueberry muffin is out of this world. Fantastic staff as well.
80 Cottage St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-3586
Poor Boy's Gourmet Un incontournable à Bar Harbor !!! Salade au homard et desserts excellents !!! La tarte à la noix de coco est sans doute la meilleure au monde !
300 Main St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-4148
McKays Public House The portobello piccata was absolutely delicious!
231 Main St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-2002
Cafe This Way The blueberry pancakes are a strong contender for the best pancakes I've ever had.
Adelmann's Deli great ice cream
224 Main St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-0455
Side Street Cafe fantastic!! favorite place for locals.....great gimlets, lobster rolls, and much more!!
49 Rodick St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 801-2591
Leary's Landing Irish Pub Sexiest bartenders in town.
Morning Glory Bakery Cilantro cream cheese on a cheese bagel. They give you so much extra cream cheese that you could put it on a whole other bagel!
39 Rodick St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-3041
Bar Harbor Popcorn Sweet and Salty popcorn is awesome!
The Independent Café Support this little cafe. The owner, Tim, is a real mensch, and he serves java from Coffee By Design, one of the best Maine roasters.
164 Main St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 756-9883
Bar Harbor Club White sangria has no booze...so I'm angry
Gringos Delicious smoky salsa and house margaritas! Guac is tasty but nearly puréed in texture.
30 Rodick St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-2326
Rosalies Pizza No free refills? Wtf? I thought this was America
46 Cottage St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-5666
Bar Harbor Beerworks Try the Scorned Woman Martini if you're up for a challenge!
119 Main St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 288-2886
Epi's Better than the Subway down the road!
8 Cottage St, Bar Harbor ME — (207) 801-2516

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.
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#1 Beehive Trail
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Muddy, Some Mud - Mostly clear and an incredible trail. Some of the very steep sections are very wet and slippery so depending on your ability it ...
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#15 Beachcroft Path
Bar Harbor, ME
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#17 Bubbles Trail
Bar Harbor, ME
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Tremont, ME
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#20 Ocean Path
Bar Harbor, ME
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