Acadia National Park

Planning Your Visit to Acadia

Acadia National Park is located on the rock-bound Maine island of Mount Desert. Here you will find soaring granite cliffs butting up against sand and cobblestone beaches. Glacier-carved mountains rear up from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Here, too, are meadowlands, marshes and dense evergreen forests. ...

Just For Kids

A visit to Acadia gives kids a chance to get back to nature and learn about plant and animal life, living history and the wonders of the ecosystem. At the same time, they’re able to gain a better appreciation of the role rangers play in keeping America’s parks preserved ...

Lodging & Dining

Accommodations are not available within the park boundaries, but inns, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and campgrounds are plentiful around Mount Desert Island.  LODGING When it comes to putting a roof over your head, Mount Desert Island has something for everyone. Altogether, the island has 4,500 rooms. You can choose from a romantic bed ...

Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park covers much of Mount Desert Island. Most of the park is preserved in its natural state, with commercial activity taking place outside the park in surrounding communities. Busy little resort towns offer modern services, lodging, dining spots, gift shops and antique stores. The eastern half of Mount ...


Acadia National Park has three wooded campgrounds, all within a five-minute walk of the ocean. Two are on Mount Desert Island and one is on Isle au Haut. Additional camping facilities are located outside the park. Blackwoods Campground Blackwoods Campground is located off of Route 3, five miles south of Bar ...

Carriage Roads

In 1901, a group of wealthy Mount Desert Island summer residents banded together to set aside the land that would later become Acadia National Park. One of the park’s early benefactors was John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the millionaire industrialist and philanthropist who later planned and built New York City’s ...

Important Numbers

General Park Information (207) 288-3338 TTY (207) 288-8800 Emergencies 911 Lost and Found (207) 288-8791 Weather Information (207) 667-8910 Camping (207) 288-3338 Bar Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce or (207) 664-2940 (800) 345-4617 Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce (207) 276-5040 Southwest Harbor / Tremont Chamber of Commerce (207) 244-9264 (800) ...

Nature & Wildlife

Not just any species of plant or animal can adapt to the ecological demands of Acadia’s overlapping environments, but Acadia’s flora and fauna have flourished. Most of the park’s animals are adept at avoiding detection, but look carefully (and quietly) at dawn or dusk and you may see them ...


An Island is Born Some 500 million years ago, what we now know as Mount Desert Island began taking shape on the ocean floor. Erosion swept sediments—sand, silt and mud, and later volcanic ash and seaweed—from the North American continental plate out to sea. There, they slowly amassed and hardened ...

Acadia National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Sheridan Steele
Acadia National Park, located on the rock-bound Maine island of Mount Desert, is full of soaring cobblestone beaches, sand, and soaring granite cliffs. Glacier-carved mountains rear up from the sea, cupping deep lakes in their valleys. Meadowlands, marshes and dense evergreen forests also thrive in the park. The ocean makes its presence felt with sights, sounds and smells that abound in the park.
Park Acreage: 
Highest Point: 
Cadillac Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1528 feet
Visitor Count: 
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
Has Volunteer Program: 
Has Recycling: 
Has Shuttle System: 
Park Sights: 
Carriage Roads; Sieur de Monts Spring Area; Thunder Hole; Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse; Islesford Historical Museum; Cadillac Mountain; Park Loop Road
Endangered Species: 
Peregrine Falcon
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Bar Harbor, ME
Gateway Communities: 
Hulls Cove, ME; Bar Harbor, ME; Salsbury Cove, ME; Seal Harbor, ME; Northeast Harbor, ME; Islesford, ME
Nearby Airports: 
Hancock County Airport (BHB); Bangor International Airport (BGR)

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