Acadia National Park occupies more than 40% of Mount Desert Island, where Bar Harbor is located. More than 3.3 million people visit Acadia every year, making it one of the most visited National Parks in the U.S.
The shoreline of Acadia is like no other, with sheer rock faces, crushed shell beaches, and everything in between. While you can explore Acadia’s most popular sites in three or four days, don’t be surprised if it leaves you wanting more.
Drive or Ride
Well-maintained, paved roads permit you to travel easily throughout Acadia, with turnouts or parking lots at major attractions including the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond House, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs and Sand Beach. To help beat congestion and get a better look out the window, you can let someone else drive. Try a guided bus tour or hop on the free Island Explorer Shuttle.
Bike, Run, or Walk
Explore one of Acadia’s favorite features — over 45 miles of historic carriage roads, kept carefully groomed for runners, walkers and bikers of all speeds. Rent a bike, bring your own, or just lace up your sneakers to experience the woods and shoreline away from car traffic.
Hike Acadia National Park
Choose your hike through Acadia National Park from over 125 miles of well-kept trails. Terrain varies from smooth and level to steep and rocky, so take a look at a trail map to find the right hike for you.
Technical rock climbers seek out the sheer granite cliff faces of Acadia, many of which are directly over water. Lessons are available if you’d like to try it yourself.**
**Technical rock climbing can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone without the knowledge, skills and equipment to safely engage in this activity. If you intend to climb or hike “off the trail,” you should directly contact Acadia National Park for more information.