Acadia National Park

Along the rugged coastline of Maine is a gem of the Northeast—Acadia National Park! With 45 miles of historic carriage roads to bike and 125 miles of trails to hike, Acadia is a premier destination for the adventurous and outdoorsy! Among the park’s granite peaks is Cadillac Mountain, which at 1,530 feet stands as the tallest mountain on the United States Atlantic coast.

The gorgeous Maine landscape includes ocean shoreline, coastal forests, remote islands, and rocky young mountains. The coast is marked by historic lighthouses like Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mt. Desert Island.

The park is a great place to boulder and rock climb; Otter Cliffs and Great Head have spectacular sea cliff climbs with scenery that will take your breath away. You can also canoe, kayak, and sail on the lakes and ponds of Mt. Desert Island. The extensive trail system takes hikers to lovely vistas that sweep across the mountains and coastline. The Park Loop Road takes visitors on a 27 mile scenic drive around the park. Enjoy the pristine beaches and take a dip in the ocean if you can handle the cold!

In this diverse environment, you can fish for both freshwater fish like trout and salmon, and saltwater fish like mackerel and bluefish. To see more of the ocean wildlife, sign up for a whale watching boat tour.

Acadia national park is truly multi-seasonal. Come in the magical Maine winter months to cross-country ski, snowshoe, dogsled, or ice fish!

—Caroline Griffith

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Air pollution is among the most serious threats to national parks. The National Park Service has established the NPS air quality webcam network to show “live” digital images of more than a dozen parks. Click here to see current air conditions at Acadia National Park.







Acadia Mind

January 18, 2015

While most people visit Acadia National Park in the summer and fall, there are many things to do in winter - with no crowds! We recently blogged about winter in Acadia National Park featuring links to activities both indoors and out, lodging and restaurants open year round and other useful info for planning your trip to Acadia in winter:


June 29, 2014

We so enjoyed the beauty of the park and Bar Harbor was a picturesque little town w/lots of fun shops sharing many Maine products. 2 days was not nearly enough to explore all of the park...we'll have to come back another time.


April 3, 2014

My wife & I have enjoyed many October vacations exploring Acadia focused around the 12'th, our anniversary. My wife bikes and I run around the waterways stopping to take in the foliage often reflected in the water making for breathtaking views. Hiking also affords beautiful views of all the waterways. It is comfortably cool, with very few people there but it still is our favorite time of year. We have had glider plane rides over the park, again, with spectacular foliage views as well as a better understanding of the topography of Acadia. We find good restaurants open with plenty of seating available. It makes for the best memories of our 20 years in Maine.


July 14, 2013

We want to go to Acadia in mid-October, is that a good time to go, I have been in all the states but Maine.


July 13, 2013

Acadia is where my family unplugs and reconnects. Blackwoods campground is home for a week. The whole area is pet friendly, including the park busses. Most economical vacation, whether we are walking the carriage roads, shopping or dining in Bar Bar Harbor, or just chilling by the campfire doing MadLibs & munching SMores.

Lady di

July 10, 2013

Dreaming, dreaming, dreaming . . . planning, planning, planning to visit Acadia soon; maybe this fall, 2013. Want to miss to "high" tourist season. I am flexible because I am RETIRED . . . praising God!!! Any good (not bad)suggests when I should be in Maine? I love to kayak, bike, snow-shoe, cross-country ski, boulder, trek/hike etc. etc. Love meeting new people and shopping in little unique shops . . . preferably belonging to a "MA & PA" fam!!! Hope to see yall soon!!!


March 7, 2013

Visited Acadia for the last 5 years- already booked our stay for this year. So much to see and do- best for hiking, biking, kayaking, ENJOYING.

Betty & Bill

September 2, 2012

Visited first week of August this year. While visting Bar Harbor we discovered Acadia NP and are still taking about the natural beauty is beyond discription and must be experienced to really appriceate it. We will go back!!!

Mainer Mom

August 29, 2012

"Where the mountains meet the sea", just returned from our 18th trip to ANP in 20 years. We discover something new with each visit, and with Bar Harbor being close by - visiting the park can be for the "rugged outdoors types" or the "bed and breakfast" lovers, and anywhere in between. If you limit yourself to sites and venues located on Park Loop Road, however, you miss some of the best experiences on the island. Free shuttle bus to campgrounds and many park sites as well as Bar Harbor. There are no "bad" or "meh" trails. Recommend Perpendicular Trail - Great Notch - Gilley Field loop.


July 25, 2012

Thanks to Steve's June 6 comment on his enjoyable trip on US Hwy 1 from Bath, Me to Acadia NP. I have a son in the Navy stationed in Bath and am currently constructing an itinerary to bus from Louisiana to Maine-with my bike- and visit both. Concord Trailways has a daily bus schedule between Portland and Bangor that stops at Bath; and one can continue on to either Searsport to bike to Ellsworth, or Bangor to shuttle to Ellsworth. The last shuttle that operates between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor on Mt. Desert Island is Columbus Day.


June 6, 2012

The Ride from Bath to Acadia along Route 1 is a bonus of beautiful scenary. Climbing the "Precipace" was a fun time. It is a tough decision every year whether to go the Acadia or the White Mountains.

native maine man

January 28, 2012

I have hiked numerous mountain trails all around and in Acadia and never have gotten tired of it after a lifetime !


December 11, 2011

One of the most wonderful places in the East Coast


November 8, 2011

The most magical place on the East Coast, I fell in love with Acadia four years ago, and go back, at least once a year; this year for our 25th wedding anniversary. What a blessing to have this park.


November 8, 2011

Visiting Acadia National Park as a child had a huge impact on my life. It was were I first discovered my true love of nature and my life calling. I am now studying geology and hope to go back there to work someday


November 8, 2011

Our family has been going to Acadia every 2 years for about 10 years we just love it. Our children have been hikers since they could walk and they love the trails.


November 4, 2011

This park is so lovely in the fall!!

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