• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.


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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.

  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

Scenic Driving

Driving along Ocean Drive
The Park Loop Road south of Sand Beach offers some of the best coastal views in the park. A section of the road here stays open all year, even when the rest of the Park Loop Road is closed for the winter.
NPS/Ginny Reams

Park Loop Road


The scenic 27-mile (43 km) scenic loop begins at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and offers access to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. Most of Park Loop Road closes for the winter (December - April 15). For more information, visit Road Closures.

To download a map, click here.

Bridge clearances:

  • Stanley Brook Entrance: 10 feet 4 inches (3.1 m)
  • Sieur de Monts: 12 feet 2 inches (3.7 m)
  • Fabbri Picnic Area: 11 feet 6 inches (3.5 m)
  • Blackwoods Campground: 11 feet 8 inches (3.5 m)
  • Wildwood Stables: 13 feet (3.9 m)

Park entrance fees are collected at the entrance station one mile (1.6 km) north of Sand Beach on Park Loop Road. Entrance fees are require to enter any portion of the park.




Federal law requires you to wear seat belts while driving in a national park.

Please obey all speed limits. Unless otherwise indicated, the maximum speed limit in the park is 35 mph (56 km/h).


Other Drives


State and country roads may offer scenic views. The loop road located on the Schoodic Peninsula offers views of the rugged coast.

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.