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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.
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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?

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.