Acadia National Park

Maine’s only national park and one of the main draws to Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park showcases and preserves the rugged scenic beauty of  Maine’s coast and diverse wildlife. With rock and sand beaches, mountains, lakes, woods, hiking trails, bicycle trails, camping, fishing, birding, climbing, and water sports, Acadia has something for everyone seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both. A photographer’s paradise, an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, Acadia’s unique natural wonders and berth of outdoor activities attract millions of visitors each year, making it one of the most popular national parks in the U.S.

Driving in the park?

  • Please watch for and obey the signs. Speed limits are strictly enforced, as are the rules about roadside parking. Wear your seat belt, it’s the law.
  • Cell phone users: Maine’s area code is 207. Cell service can be spotty at best on the island.
  • Raining?!  Fog? Don’t sit inside. Coastal drives can be beautiful. Inland roads and trails may be obscured.

Visitor Center

The park’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin your tour. Maps, guides, displays, and a fifteen minute movie familiarize you with the park and services offered by the Park Service. Books, maps, videos, and guide books are available for purchase. The rangers are very helpful if you have questions. Visitor information: (207) 288-3338.

Ranger Programs

The full program descriptions offered by the National Park Service were not finalized by press time. The Park will be offering many educational talks, walks, and hikes. Or take an educational cruise with a Park Ranger or go bird watching. Call the Park for details, 288-3338. Some programs require advance reservations, most are free of charge, but some have an admission charge. There are great Children’s Programs available through the park as well!

Park Loop Road

This scenic road begins at the Visitor Center (may be entered at many points along its course) and is approximately 27 miles long. This famous route is a must for every visitor. Be sure to take your camera and allow enough time to stop and enjoy the many overlooks. Consider parking the car and taking a bus or trolley tour.

Seasonal/other closures:

While Acadia National Park is open year-round, many of its most popular facilities and roads are closed seasonally, from Dec. 1 to April 14. Facilities may also close during the open season due to extreme or dangerous weather conditions. Some trails are closed during certain parts of the spring or summer to protect local bird species during breeding and nesting.