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.
Junior Ranger Program
Mid-May through mid-October, kids of all ages can take part in the Junior Ranger Program to learn about Acadia. Complete fun activities, participate in ranger-led programs, and take the junior ranger pledge to earn a signed certificate and an embroidered patch. For more information, click here.
Take a Ranger-Narrated Boat Cruise
Four different park-ranger narrated boat cruises are offered during the season. Touch real sea life brought up from the ocean floor; search for seals, porpoises, and bird life; and explore island life and maritime history. Cruises vary from 2 hours to 4.5 hours.
Visit the Nature Center
Hands-on exhibits to help you uncover the secretes behind how the park manages its plants and animals. What kinds of birds are found in the park? In which habitat can you find snakes or frogs? Visit the Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring to find out.
Play in the Sand
Sand Beach is one of only two sandy ocean beaches on Mount Desert Island. If the water there is too cold for you, only 55 F (13 C) at best, try Echo Lake Beach on Route 102 north of Southwest Harbor.
Go for a Hike or Bike Ride
The park has 125 miles (201 km) of easy to strenuous trails for hiking and 45 miles (72 km) of winding carriage roads for walking or biking.
Children's Bill of Rights
Did You Know?
Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. During certain times of the year, it is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.