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Plan Your Visit

With a little advance planning, you can make the most of your trip to Acadia. Be sure to check out the contents of this website, which should answer just about any question you have. Once you are here in the park, park rangers can help plan your visit. Stop by the visitor center (April 15 through October) or park headquarters (year round) for assistance. If you plan to visit between June and October, the park newspaper—the Beaver Log—is a great resource for trip planning.

While the park is open all year, the visitor center, most of the Park Loop Road, and many facilities are closed in the winter. For more information, visit Operating Hours and Seasons.

Directions

Acadia National Park is located along the rugged, rocky coast of "Downeast" Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is accessible by vehicle. The park is approximately six hours north of Boston.

By Car

* From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth and on to Mount Desert Island.
* For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Isnd.
* Hulls Cove Visitor Center (April 15-October 31) is located on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor. Park Headquarters is located on Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road), two miles west of Bar Harbor.
* In the winter, access is limited; see Operating Hours & Seasons.

By Plane
Direct flights from Boston's Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, located 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the park. Car rentals are available at both airports.

By Boat
A ferry to Nova Scotia sails between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Schedules vary depending on the season. Phone 888-249-SAIL or 207-288-3395.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Acadia National Park is open all year. Information is available at park headquarters all year and at Hulls Cove Visitor Center from April 15 through October.

Most facilities—including the visitor center, museums, picnic areas, Seawall Campground, and many roads—close during the winter. Most of the Park Loop Road, including the road to Cadillac Mountain, is closed from December 1 through April 14 and at other times when severe weather creates dangerous conditions.

Please see the list below for operating hours and seasons of park facilities. Detailed information about seasonal closures and road closures is available.

Fees & Reservations

FEES
Visiting Acadia National Park requires payment of an entrance fee between May 1 and October 31, no matter how you enter or where you go in the park.

There is a fee for a few additional activities, including camping and some ranger-led programs (most are free). Be sure to visit Operating Hours & Seasons to find out when the campgrounds are open and programs are offered.

Camping (per site per night)
Blackwoods Campground: $20 (May 1-October 31), $10 (April and November), free (December 1-March 31)
Seawall Campground: $14 walk-in, $20 drive-in (when open)
Ranger-Led Programs - All other programs are free.
Beyond the Beach: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12, free under 5
Knowing the Night: $10 adults, $5 children 8-12
Riding the Roads: $15 adults, $10 youth 14-16
Boat Cruises: Prices vary; check with boat operators.

RESERVATIONS
Reservations are recommended for camping at Blackwoods Campground from May 1 to October 31.

Some ranger-led programs require reservations made no more than three days, or three business days, in advance.

Things To Do

Acadia National Park is a destination for more than two million visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone.

The average visitor spends three to four days in the area, although you easily could fill a week with activities in the park and nearby attractions. Listed below are some suggestions based on length of stay. Use the information on this website to tailor these activities to suit your own interests. Whatever you chose to do, remember to take some time to relax and enjoy your time in the park.

Things To Know Before You Come

Planning ahead can often make the difference between a good trip and a great trip. Explore these pages to discover the essential things you need to know before you leave home—where to eat and sleep, how to get around the park, where you can and can't bring your pet, and more.

Firewood Alert: If you're camping in the park, be sure to leave your firewood at home. Firewood brought in from other areas may contain non-native insect species that pose a serious threat to Acadia National Park's resources. Quarantines have been issued for some areas.

History & Culture

Acadia National Park has a rich human history that includes Native Americans, European settlers, artists, conservationists, and more. Each group has made its mark on what is today Acadia National Park. Explore this section to discover the people and stories of Acadia.

Nature & Science

Acadia National Park is a land of contrast and diversity. Comprised of a cluster of islands on the Maine coast, Acadia is positioned within the broad transition zone between eastern deciduous and northern coniferous forests, and hosts several species and plant communities at the edge of their geographic range. Steep slopes rise above the rocky shore, including Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet is the highest point on the U.S. Atlantic coast. While surrounded by the ocean, the entire fabric of Acadia is interwoven with a wide variety of freshwater, estuarine, forest, and intertidal resources, many of which contain plant and animal species of international, national and state significance.