• Views from Penobscot Mountain summit.

    Acadia

    National Park Maine

Physical / Mobility

 
Getting Around
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.
 
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Parking
Designated accessible spaces are marked with the international access symbol. These are reserved for vehicles displaying an accessibility placard or license plate.

 

Accessible Facilities and Areas

 
Visitor Center

Visitor centers

 
Two visitors explore the 3-D map of the island at the visitor center.

Visitors explore a 3-D map.

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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.

 
The Islesford Historical Museum sits right on the water.

Islesford Historical Museum.

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Islesford Historical Museum, Little Cranberry Island
Open seasonally
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.

 
Fall colors

Fall colors

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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.
 
Lily on pond

Lily on a pond.

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Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center
Open late May to early October
Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms; access to flat, hard-packed trails.
 
Winter in Acadia

Winter in Acadia.

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Thompson Island Information Center
Open seasonally.
Information available on the park and local chambers of commerce. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.
 
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Area museums

 

Abbe Museum, Downtown Bar Harbor
Parking and entrance in rear of building. Accessible restrooms are available.
http://www.abbemuseum.org/

Abbe Museum, Sieur de Monts
Assistance may be needed for ascending steep paved trail to museum.
http://www.abbemuseum.org/

George B. Dorr Natural History Museum, College of the Atlantic
Assistance may be needed at entrance. Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms are available.
http://www.coa.edu/dorr-museum-microsite.htm

Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Northeast Harbor
Open seasonally. Only the first floor is wheelchair-accessible. Parking and restrooms are also accessible.
https://www.facebook.com/greatharbormaritimemuseum

Mount Desert Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
Numerous hands-on exhibits. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.
http://www.theoceanarium.com/

Old School House Museum, Mount Desert
Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms are available.
http://www.mdihistory.org/the-old-school-house

Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor
Ramp at side entrance; may require assistance.
http://www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/

 
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Picnic areas

 

The following areas all have wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, fire grills, and picnic tables.

Bear Brook Picnic Area
Some level sites.

Fabbri Picnic Area
A paved walkway leading to picnic tables.

Frazer Point Picnic Area, Schoodic Peninsula
Several level, grassy sites.

Pretty Marsh Picnic Area
Rough terrain beyond the picnic site

Seawall Picnic Area
One picnic site here is accessible. All others are on uneven terrain.

Thompson Island Picnic Area
Assistance is needed to reach the shore.

 
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Campgrounds

 
Wooded campsite includes tent, fire grate, and picnic table.

Blackwoods campsite.

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Blackwoods Campground
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
 
Eagle Lake with mountains in background at sunrise

Eagle Lake at sunrise.

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Seawall Campground
Seawall is open from late May through September. This campground has the following accessible sites:
  • three RV, 35-foot (10.7 m) maximum;
  • five drive-in;
  • five walk-in;
  • and one group site.
Use the paved road for access to the amphitheater. If staying in the group camping area, use the accessible restroom in the C loop, which is reached by a long, hard-packed ramp. For reservations: (877) 444-6777, www.recreation.gov

 
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Stores and restaurant within Acadia National Park

 

Eastern National Bookstore in Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Follow signs to accessible parking lot. Open April 15–October. An elevator is available to lobby. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms available.

Cadillac Summit Center
Open seasonally. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.

Jordan Pond House Gift Shop/Restaurant
Open seasonally. Restroom in restaurant.

Thunder Hole Information Station
Open seasonally. Outdoor vault toilet. No running water. Assistance may be required to enter the information station. Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms.

 
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Beaches

 

Echo Lake
Wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, changing rooms, and an accessible path to water.

Sand Beach
Wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, and changing rooms. Thirty-one steps make the beach inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Ike's Point
This is a boat launch area.

 

Activities

 
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Trails and paths
 

Sieur de Monts Spring Area
Wild Gardens of Acadia is adjacent to the parking lot. Garden paths have a packed gravel surface. Assistance may be helpful. Hemlock Road begins to the right of the parking lot entrance and meanders through woodlands at the base of Dorr Mountain for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) round trip.

Jesup Path
Accessible from Sieur de Monts area, this boardwalk path navigates through a white birch forest. Note: The path is wide enough for a single wheelchair and there are few pullouts that allow for passing or turning around.

Carriage roads
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.

Eagle Lake
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.

Bubble Pond
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.

Other trails

Ship Harbor
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.

Intertidal Zone
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.
 
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Other sites of interest

Cadillac Mountain
Access a portion of the park's highest summit for scenic views of Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands along this short accessible trail.

Thunder Hole
Park in the right lane of Park Loop Road or upper parking area near the restrooms and accessible walkway. A ramp leads to the upper viewing area of Thunder Hole.

Wildwood Stables
Two wheelchair-accessible horse-drawn carriages each accommodate two passengers using wheelchairs with up to four additional passengers. Call (877) 276-3622 in advance for reservations. Tour prices vary. Open late-May to mid-October.

 
Tour Boat
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.


Baker Island Cruise (4.5 hours)
Cruise with a ranger for an intimate look at this ocean-sculpted island. The cruise is accessible, but disembarking on the island requires transfer to a smaller boat and is not possible for wheelchair users. 1 West Street, Bar Harbor. Reservations: (207) 288-2386.

Dive-In Theater Boat Cruise (3 hours)
Cruise with a ranger in Frenchman Bay. Watch real-time video as a diver scours the ocean floor for marine life to bring aboard for exploration. College of the Atlantic Dock, Bar Harbor. Advance Ticket Sales: (800) 979-3370 or (212) 209-3370.

Frenchman Bay Cruise (2 hours)
Climb aboard a majestic 151-foot (46 m), four-masted schooner in search of wildlife and history. Inquire about accessibility. Bar Harbor Inn Pier. Reservations: (207) 288-4585.

Islesford Historical Cruise (2.5 hours)
Search for wildlife as you cruise to Little Cranberry Island for a stop at the Islesford Historical Museum. The boat cruise is accessible with assistance, but disembarking on Little Cranberry Island would be difficult for wheelchair users. There are seven steps up to the museum. Northeast Harbor Town Dock. Reservations: (207) 276-5352.

 
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Ranger-led programs

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.

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