Closures for Winter
December 2, 2013- Acadia is now in winter mode. Most of Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mountain Road, is closed. Still open is the Ocean Drive section, from Schooner Head overlook to Otter Cliff Road, and Jordan Pond area via Jordan Pond Road. More »
A permit is required for the scattering of ashes. There is no charge for a memorial permit. Click here to download an application.
The park's inspiring vistas and natural settings are ideally suited for small, informal weddings. All weddings require an approved wedding permit. For more information, see Weddings.
A commercial filming/photography permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props. For more information about photography and filming permits, including restrictions and application procedures, download the Commercial Film/Photography brochure.
Special Use Permits
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 that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
First Amendment Activities
Special Use Permit Application
Special instructions are listed on the application form; please read carefully. A completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50 in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to National Park Service.
Reservations are required for organized commercial and noncommercial climbing groups wanting to climb at Otter Cliffs. They are not needed for groups of friends climbing together. The reservation season will run from Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Organized groups of five persons or less do not need a reservation for Otter Cliffs.
Click here to download a fillable copy of a permit and for more information.
For more information about special use permits, contact the Special Use Permit Coordinator at 207-288-8793.
Some additional activities require permits as well, but these permits are administered separately from special use permits. For more information about obtaining authorization for these activities, please follow the links provided.
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.