Acadia National Park, Maine
you sit at
sunrise atop Cadillac
Mountain, you will understand why each year thousands of
vacationers head to Acadia
National Park in Maine, the....
..."First National Park East of
the Mississippi". Located primarily on Mount Desert Island,
with outcroppings on
Isle au Haut
and Schoodic Peninsula,
Maine's Downeast region...
...the Acadia Park covers
nearly 47,000 acres, including conservation easements.
With 125 miles of hiking trails, 45 miles of
carriage roads, kayaking, canoeing and fishing, saltwater and
...Acadia Park camping at four locations, and
spectacular cliff side
overlooks, the park is one of the most scenic places to vacation
to, or visit in
Only minutes from the waterfront of Bar
the park is easily accessible from either the Hulls Cove Entrance on
Route 3, or further south from the Cadillac Mountain Entrance.
year-round, fall foliage
in Acadia is very popular, and when winter weather
...the park offers cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing. Because of icing, winter hiking in Acadia can be
treacherous and is often not advised.
Additionally, most facilities,
...Hulls Cove Visitor Center, museums, picnic
Harbor Campground and Seawall Campground, and many roads,
close during the winter
Since the 3.5 mile summit road to Cadillac
Mountain, and portions of the scenic Park Loop
Road - a 27-mile paved road that winds along the
coastline and the park's interior...
...are shut down from December 1 through
April 14, and at other times when inclement weather creates dangerous
...it is wise to visit an Acadia visitor center
before entering the park off-season.
Acadia National Park, Maine Information
Staffed by park rangers,
several area visitor centers provide free
Acadia information. If you visit between
June and October
don't miss out on the free Beaver Log...
...the park newspaper with
program schedules, tide charts, sunrise and sunset times, and
information on fees
Also at any visitor center
you can pay the Park
Loop Road entrance fee - currently $20
per vehicle from June 23rd to early October, $10 from May 1st to June
22nd and early October to October 31, $5 for a pedestrian, motorcycle,
bicycle, etc. Vehicle passes and individual passes are good for seven
days, including the day of purchase. You may also buy an Acadia Annual Pass
note, current Acadia Park
entrance fees may be higher.)
Cover Visitor Center - Open from April 15 through
31, the Hulls Cove Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin a
visit. Located to the right of the Hulls Cove entrance, the center
...a free 15-minute audiovisual program about the
park (available in English, French, and German), a bookstore, a 3-D map
of Mount Desert Island, restrooms, drinking
fountains, and available for purchase - an Acadia auto tour.
But when visiting, beware...
The Hulls Cover Visitor Center sits at the top of
a small hill, with fifty two steps leading up to it.
For people who cannot navigate the stairs or need a wheelchair accessible entrance,
use the handicap parking lot which sits at the top of the hill, to the
the visitor center.
Headquarters, Winter Visitor Center - Open year-round
(although closed on weekends from April 15 to October 31) Park
headquarters is located on Route 233, just west of Bar
The facility serves as a Winter Visitor Center when the Hulls
Cove Visitor Center is closed. Free park information, restrooms,
drinking fountains, and a bookstore are available.
Island Information Center - Open from mid-May to
mid-October, with displays of Acadia area information, restrooms,
drinking fountains, and a nearby picnic area, the Thompson Island
Information Center is located on Route 3 at the head of Mount Desert
Acadia National Park, Maine Audio Tour
Michelin Guides, Mobile Guides, AAA, (and myself), the Acadia National
Tour is available at park visitor
centers and at some motels and hotels in Bar
The cover of the CD proclaims that it is "A Guided
Tour in the Comfort
of Your Car!".
The auto tour CD is a wonderfully informative
of the Acadia history
and what you are viewing as you travel through the park. It takes you
...Hulls Cove Visitor Center
parking lot, to Frenchman's Bay overlook, and on to...
- Fire of '47 Overlook
- Sieur-de-Monts Nature Center
- Beaver Dam Pond
- Schooner Head Overlook
- Sand Beach
- Thunder Hole
- Otter Point
- Gulf of Maine and Cranberry Island Overlook
- Jordan Pond parking area
- Bubble Pond parking area
- entrance to Cadillac Summit Road
- top of Cadillac Mountain
- Sargent Drive (from junction of Routes 233 and
Accompanying the CD is an Acadia
National Park map, printed driving
instructions, and photos
of Acadia with instructions on how to use them as desktop
Acadia Bus, the Island Explorer, and Acadia Tours
Although having your own car will give you total
flexibility, there is a wonderful way to experience
Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park in Maine without driving.
The propane-powered Island
has eight bus routes linking Bar Harbor ...
..."hotels, inns, and campgrounds,
destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers".
Island Explorer is operated by Downeast
Transportation out of
Ellsworth, Maine. In addition to offering bus service in
Bar Harbor and the
Acadia Park area, they also offer car-free alternatives for getting to
and from Mount Desert Island. For more information...
Explorer - www.exploreacadia.com, 207-667-5796,
For Bar Harbor
cruise ship passengers and tourists who would rather enjoy Acadia
sightseeing without the hassle their automobile, Acadia bus tours and
trolley tours are also available, through...
Park Tours - www.acadiatours.com, 207-288-0300,
Trolley - www.acadiaislandtours.com, 866-9-Trolley
offers motor coach tours for groups.
Operating from Wildwood Stables on the Park Loop
Road, Carriages of Acadia
offers the truly unique experience of
horse-drawn carriage tours on the world famous carriage roads built by
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. For more information visit...
of Acadia - www.carriagesofacadia.com,
Throughout the park, ranger-led programs
on the mountains, in the forests, and by boat, are a great way to be
introduced to the Acadia history, it's geology and wildlife.
Ranger led Acadia schedules are available at the park visitor