• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Carriage Roads to reopen

    All park carriage roads will reopen to foot traffic only on Friday, 4/25. Bikes & horses are not permitted at this time to prevent damage during the spring thaw. Use caution as seasonal repairs are not completed. For more info: 207-288-3338.

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Laws & Policies

Enabling Legislation and Public Laws

 
 

Regulations

 

Park rangers enforce a number of federal regulations in the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 (36 CFR), and the United States Code, Titles 16, 18, and 21.

Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the right to make park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, aid in scientific research, provide for equitable use of facilities, and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. These park-specific regulations are found in the Superintendent's Compendium. Included below is a partial list of park regulations.

 
Automobile

Accidents
Accidents must be reported to park rangers if property damage or personal injury are involved.

 
alcohol

Alcohol Use/Possession
The following areas are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can, or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:

  • All public buildlings and facilities, excluding the area served by the Jordan Pond House Restaurant and staff housing
  • Parking lots and pull-outs
  • Sand Beach
  • Echo Lake Beach
  • Lake Wood shoreline
  • Along the shoreline within 0.25 mile (0.4 km) of the cliff and swimming area known as "Tyson Camp," "Ranger Camp," or "the Cliffs", located on the southeast end of Long Pond.

It is illegal to be in the park when under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. The possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor (less than 21 years old) is prohibited.

 
ATV
ATVs/Motorbikes
All motorized vehicles are prohibited on park trails and carriage roads. All-terrain vehicles are not allowed anywhere in the park.

 
campground
Camping
Camping is permitted only in designated campsites at Blackwoods, Seawall, and Duck Harbor (Isle au Haut) Campgrounds. For complete camping regulations, click here.

 
bird

Feeding Wildlife
Feeding wildlife is prohibited. This includes gulls and any roadside begging animals. All stored foods must be in a hard-sided locker or vehicle, or kept in such a manner as to be inaccessible to foraging animals.

 
fire

Fires/Firewood
Contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campgrounds and designated picnic areas in park-provided receptacles or private grills.

Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park, provided that wood is not collected from within the campgrounds (except from park-provided wood piles) and chainsaws are not used to gather wood.

 

Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.

The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

For regulations on firearms in Acadia National Park, please read: Maine Firearm Laws

For more information visit: www.nps.gov/nero/firearms/

 
Fireworks
The possession or use of fireworks or firecrackers is prohibited.

 
fishing
Fishing
Fishing is permitted in accordance with State of Maine laws. For more information, see Fishing.

 
horseback
Horses
The use of horses and other pack animals is permitted on the certain trails, routes, and roads in the park. For more information, see Horseback Riding.

 
lighthouse
Hours of Operation
The park is open 24 hours a day. However, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse closes to visitors and motor vehicles at dark, while Carroll Homestead, Lake Wood, and Thompson Island Picnic Area are closed to motor vehicles at dark.

 
Hunting
Hunting and trapping are prohibited.

 
skateboard
In-Line Skating
Roller skates, rollerblades, roller skis, skateboards, and any other coasting devices are permitted on roads closed to automobiles.

 
kayak
Island Closures
A number of islands in the park are closed at certain times of the year to protect nesting bird species. For more information, see Boating.

 
parking
Parking
Parking is limited to specific areasin the park. For more information, click here.

 
pets
Pets
Pets must be leashed (six feet or less) or otherwise physically restrained at all times. For more information, click here.

 
camera
Permits
Permits are required for activities such as scientific research and collecting, commercial photography/filming, commercial tours and activities, etc. Please see the Superintendent's Compendiumfor a complete list of activities and events that require a permit.

 
rock
Public Property/Natural and Cultural Features
The possession, injury, destruction, removal, or disturbance of park property or natural resources, including animals, plants, minerals, cultural, and archaeological objects is prohibited. This includes collecting rocks, cobbles, plants, marine organisms, other natural materials, and historic objects and artifacts.

 
RV
RVs/Load, Weight, and Size Limits
RVs are permitted in the park, but some areas are not accessible due to low bridge heights or limited turnaround space. For more information, see Vehicle Restrictions.

 
Automobile
Seat Belts
Federal law requires that seat belts are worn when driving or riding as a passenger in a national park.

 
snowmobile
Snowmobiles
Snowmobiles are permitted in certain areas of the park.

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.