Frequently Asked Questions
Planning a visit to any national park can generate lots of questions. While we have attempted to answer some of those questions here, taking the time to explore this website will provide you with much more detailed information. These frequently asked questions have been divided into five categories: general information, camping, history, park regulations, weather, and wildlife.
Where is Acadia National Park located and what is the travel distance to the park?
What is the best driving route to take to Acadia from the south?
Do I need a car to visit Acadia National Park?
How many days should I spend in Acadia?
How much does it cost to visit the park?
Is there any lodging in the park?
What is there to do in Acadia?
What ranger-led activities are available?
What is there for children to do in Acadia?
Are pets allowed in the park?
When does the Park Loop Road open and close each year?
How long is the Park Loop Road and how long will it take to drive it?
Where can I bicycle in the park?
When does the Island Explorer Shuttle Bus run and where does it go?
What if I've lost something while visiting Acadia?
If you wish to leave a report in person, stop by the Lost and Found Office located at Park Headquarters Dispatch Office.
How can I get more information about the area?
What is the origin of "Acadia"?
In our own day many believe that the term is derived from the native Mi'kmaq term akadie or cadie, meaning a piece of land (generally with a positive connotation), which was rendered l'Acadie by the French who explored and settled present-day Maine and Maritime Canada. George B. Dorr's inquiries led him to conclude that "the word Acadia has never had a place in English geographic usage…the French word was Acadie, not Acadia.. [and] that after the treaty of Utrecht in 1713…the name even in the French form creased to apply to any region except historically."
In 1929, NPS Director Stephen T. Mather embraced the historic lineage of the Native American term, emphasizing that in renaming Lafayette National Park the federal government now prioritized a geographic term that was in use "before recorded explorations of the area by either the French or the English."
Is it Mount Desert Island or Mount Dessert Island?
Are there campgrounds in the park?
Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut is open May 15 - October 15. Reservations are by mail only after April 1.
Visit Campgrounds for more information.
What is the difference between Blackwoods and Seawall?
Does my camping fee cover the entrance fee into the park?
Are there water and electric hookups in the park campgrounds?
Is there backcountry camping in Acadia?
Can I winter camp in Acadia?
Are there private campgrounds on the island?
What is the weather like?
When are blackflies and mosquitoes common at Acadia?
What is the best time to see fall foliage?
How much snow does Acadia receive?
What winter activities are there?
Where can I see puffins?
Is Acadia a good birding park?
Are there moose or bears in Acadia?
Where can I see seals and whales?
What park regulations should I know?