Park Loop Road opening
May 17, 2013: The entire Park Loop Road and all other paved roads in the park open today. All dirt roads in the park, including the Seal Cove Road, will open on June 3.
April 22, 2013: The Precipice, Orange and Black, Valley Cove, and Jordan Cliffs Trails are closed until further notice because of nesting peregrine falcons. All other trails in the park are open, whether accessible from the park or from state roads.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
May 17, 2013: The visitor center will open on May 19 and will be open 9-5 every day. All park passes are available there. There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building for those who have trouble climbing stairs.
Group campsites, which accommodate groups of 15 people, are located at both Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds. Seawall Campground has five sites, and Blackwoods Campground has four sites. Reservations are required and are made through the park (see below). Fee: $50 per site per night, paid upon arrival.
Grills, picnic tables, and fire rings are available at each site. Drinking water and flush toilets are located nearby. Showers and laundromats may be found a short distance away in local communities.
Space is limited. Keep tents and vehicles to a minimum. RVs are not permitted. Only three vehicles may be parked at each group site. Extra vehicles must be parked off-site.
Group Camping Season
To view or download a reservation form; visit Group Camping Reservation Form (pdf-135kb) Fill out the form and fax it to (207) 288-8792 or mail to:
Entrance fee waivers are granted on the above two criteria. Camping fee waivers must meet a third requirement. Camping fee waivers are granted only if camping in a National Park Service campground is directly related to and required for completing the educational purpose of your trip. Camping fees cannot be waived solely because an overnight stay is required. As a result, CAMPING FEE WAIVERS ARE RARELY GRANTED.
Send all fee waiver requests to the above address c/o Fee Manager.
Resource Protection: Place all camping equipment, cars, tents, etc., on bare soil only, not on vegetation or the leaf layer of the forest floor. Digging trenches and driving nails into trees is prohibited. Feeding wildlife and picking wildflowers and other plants is prohibited. Only three vehicles are allowed per group site. RVs and travel trailers are not to be used on group sites. Wheeled vehicles and/or trailers must be in established parking areas. Food should be stored in a rigid food locker, vehicle, or in such a manner as to be inaccessible to raccoons, squirrels, and similar animals.
Fires and Firewood: Kindle fires only on the concrete grill pad and do not leave them unattended, including when retiring for the night. Collect dead and down wood from the forest floor only. Standing trees and their limbs, dead or alive may not be taken. Firewood can be purchased locally.
Quiet Hours: 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. Turn off all generators and audio devices. At all times, noise must at a reasonable volume and cause minimal impact on other campers.
Disorderly Conduct/Intoxication: It is illegal to be in the park while under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substances. The possession of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is prohibited.
Traffic Regulations: Campground speed limit is 15 mph and all roads are one-way. Observe the stop sign at the ranger station each time you enter. Bicycles must obey all traffic signs and regulations. Remove detachable mirrors when not towing. Skateboards and rollerblades/skates are prohibited.
Water Use/Disposal: Washing dishes or hair at water spigots or in restrooms is prohibited. Please wash at campsites. Waste water outlets on RVs must have a bucket under them.
Pets: Pets must be leashed, caged, or otherwise under physical control at all times. They must not be left unattended at any time.
Check-Out Time: 10 a.m. Please drop windshield permit in check-out box.
Payment/Registration: Camping in Acadia National Park requires appropriate registration and payment of use fees.
Campsites: Campsites must be obviously marked with personal property to show it is occupied, such as with a tent, sign, tablecloth, or low-value item. Camp only in designated sites.
Utilities: Connecting to any water or electric utility is prohibited.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps performed important work in Acadia National Park, including clearing brush, setting stones, and constructing Seawall Campground. Today park headquarters is located in the former CCC camp.