Physical / Mobility
Island Explorer fare-free shuttle buses operate daily from late June through Columbus Day (early October) connecting Acadia National Park to neighboring village centers. Buses are wheelchair-accessible. Schedules are available at visitor information centers and on the Island Explorer, www.exploreacadia.com.
Accessible Facilities and Areas
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Open April 15–October 31
In Hulls Cove, ME off Route 3. Follow signs to wheelchair-accessible parking lot and entrance.
Wheelchair accessible entrance, parking, restroom, and theater.
Islesford Historical Museum, Little Cranberry Island
Boat access to Little Cranberry Island is available in Northeast Harbor daily. There are seven steps into the museum. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and a water fountain are available in an adjacent building.
Park Headquarters, Route 233, Bar Harbor
Open 8 am - 4:30 pm,
weekdays: January - February and April 15 - October
daily: November - December (except Thanksgiving, December 24-25) and March - April 14
Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, restrooms, and water fountain.
Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center
Open late May to early October
Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms; access to flat, hard-packed trails.
Thompson Island Information Center
Information available on the park and local chambers of commerce. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.
Abbe Museum, Downtown Bar Harbor
Abbe Museum, Sieur de Monts
George B. Dorr Natural History Museum, College of the Atlantic
Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Northeast Harbor
Mount Desert Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
Old School House Museum, Mount Desert
Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor
The following areas all have wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, fire grills, and picnic tables.
Bear Brook Picnic Area
Fabbri Picnic Area
Frazer Point Picnic Area, Schoodic Peninsula
Pretty Marsh Picnic Area
Seawall Picnic Area
Thompson Island Picnic Area
Blackwoods has 12 accessible drive-in sites. RV sites have a 35-foot (10.7 m) maximum. There are hard-packed walkways to wheelchair-accessible restrooms and the amphitheater. Reservations are recommended May–October; (877) 444-6777, www.recreation.gov
Seawall is open from late May through September. This campground has the following accessible sites:
Stores and restaurant within Acadia National Park
Eastern National Bookstore in Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Cadillac Summit Center
Jordan Pond House Gift Shop/Restaurant
Thunder Hole Information Station
Trails and paths
Sieur de Monts Spring Area
Carriage roads offer the best access to interior areas. The two easiest roads are listed below. Others tend to be steeper and slightly uneven, with sections of loose sand, gravel, and rocks. Extended use of the carriage roads depends on your ability and endurance. When following the carriage roads, be aware of washouts, steep grades, bicycle traffic, and horses on some sections. Assistance may be helpful. Check with park staff for specific routes. Click here to download a copy of the carriage roads map.
The Eagle Lake parking area on Route 233 has wheelchair-accessible restrooms and parking. To the north, the carriage road leads toward Breakneck Pond, Half Moon Pond, and Witch Hole Pond, which is 5.3 miles (8.5 km) round trip. To the south, under the stone bridge, the carriage roads lead in two directions around Eagle Lake, 6 miles (9.7 km) round trip. There is a steep hill at the southwest end of the lake.
The parking area, located off Park Loop Road, has accessible restrooms and parking. Follow the level trail to the north end of Bubble Pond. From here you have access to the carriage roads, one of which borders the pond. Some sections are steep.
Park in the Ship Harbor parking lot west of Seawall Campground on Route 102 A. The first one-quarter mile (0.4 km) is a hard-packed surface leading to the mudflats. Access to intertidal pools is over rocky, uneven terrain. Steep grades will require assistance. Total distance is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) round trip.
The best access to an intertidal zone is on the gravel bar between Bar Island and Bar Harbor. Access is via Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. Automobiles may be driven onto the gravel bar, which is only exposed 1 to 1.5 hours either side of low tide. The road to the bar is steep, rocky, and uneven.
Jordan Pond Trails
Parking can be found in the north lower lot of the Jordan Pond area. Some paths are accessible and offer beautiful views of the pond and connections to the carriage roads.
Other sites of interest
Ranger-led boat cruises
Park rangers narrate four privately operated boat cruises. Accessibility and prices vary. Boarding is easiest at high tide when the slopes of the boat ramps are less steep. Participants can remain in their wheelchairs. For reservations and information about accessibility, contact the boat operators in advance.
Dive-In Theater Boat Cruise (3 hours)
Frenchman Bay Cruise (2 hours)
Islesford Historical Cruise (2.5 hours)
Ranger-led activities are offered from mid-May to mid-October. Check with park staff regarding details of specific programs. Accessible programs are listed in seasonal ranger-led program schedules, available at information centers and on Schedule of Events.