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  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

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

  • Cultural Connections programs rescheduled for 7/16/2014 due to weather

    Ash Log Pounding demo will take place today 11 am-3 pm at the Abbe Museum downtown (26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor). The Burnurwurbskek Singers have been rescheduled to perform on Cadillac Summit next Wed, July 23 at 11 am.

Permits- CUA and SUP

Obtaining a permit at Acadia National Park


Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)

A commercial use is defined as any activities, services, agreements, or anything offered to park visitors and/or the general public for recreational purposes which uses park resources or is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under local, state, or federal law.

You are required to apply for a CUA if any of the following apply:

  • commercial transportation/tour operators and those who own, lease, charter their vehicles to other tour operators, or rent their vehicles from such places as a rental company for commercial tour purposes
  • person(s), organization, or group that arranges for the transportation and tour services, assumes responsibility for financial risk and management, and determines who shall be transported upon what terms, conditions, or charges
  • provide guided trips or services for biking, boating, hiking, climbing, kayaking, tours, etc for the public.
  • provide transportation services such as taxi, van, or limousine
  • photography or painting workshops or tours
Click here for more information on CUA permits.
Special Use Permits (SUP)

A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service in order to protect park resources and the public interest.

Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include:

  • filming/photography (this does not include photography workshops or tours)
  • wedding ceremonies (parties of 10 or less do not need a permit)
  • scattering of ashes
  • military operations
  • First Amendment activities
  • other special events such as sporting events, reunions, picnics (over 20 people), etc.
  • non commercial groups- A non-commercial group is one that is traveling together, such as scouts, a club, a church, or a family reunion that has created its own itinerary. The group may have hired a driver for transportation.
  • commercial not-for-profit groups- A commercial not-for-profit group may meet the criteria for a non-commercial group if the organization derives no taxable income from providing leisure/recreational services. This may include summer camps, etc.
Click here for more information on Special Use Permits.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.