Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Bass Head Harbor Lighthouse.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. Currently a private residence for the commander of the local Coast Guard unit, the lighthouse has short trails on either side that provide spectacular views.
Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.
At 1,530 feet (466 m), Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Cadillac Mountain is accessible via a winding, narrow, 3.5-mile road. The road is closed from December through April 14 and whenever weather condtions (e.g. dense fog or ice) require.
Isle au Haut cliffs.
Isle au Haut
"High Island" is the English translation for Isle au Haut, the name given by the French navigator Samuel Champlain during his explorations of the Maine coast in 1604. For more information, please download the Isle au Haut brochure.
Ocean meets granite cliffs.
Park Loop Road
The 27-mile (43 km) Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views of the park's ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes. This historic road system is open from April 15 through November, weather permitting (small portions remain open all year).
Wild Gardens of Acadia
On less than one acre, the Wild Gardens of Acadia offer a microcosm of Mount Desert Island's natural habitats. As you stroll the level gravel and pine-needle paths, see what's in bloom and learn to recognize a variety of native plants, which are labeled to aid in identification. Watch the abundant bird life or just listen to the spring-fed brook in a most tranquil setting. Please refrain from smoking or bringing your pets into the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Firewood brought in from other areas may contain non-native insect species that pose a serious threat to Acadia National Park's resources. Quarantines have been issued for some areas. Please leave your firewood at home. Firewood is available locally near both Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds. For more information, see the pest alert produced by the National Park Service.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Watch a free 15-minute audiovisual program about the park, available in English, French, German, audio description, and captioned. Plan your visit using a three-dimensional map of the island. An audio tour of Acadia and the surrounding area is available for purchase.
When Hulls Cove Visitor Center is closed, the Winter Visitor Center at park headquarters on Route 233 west of Bar Harbor serves as the primary visitor contact station.
Hikers with dog on a leash.
Thompson Island Information Center
Located on Route 3 at the head of Mount Desert Island, this center displays area information that can help guide your visit.
Isleford Historical Museum
Explore the Cranberry Isles and the lives of their hardy inhabitants in the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. The island is accessible by mail boat or tour boat from Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor. From late May through September, the park offers the ranger-narrated Islesford Historical Cruise, which makes a 45-minute stop at the museum (see the Schedule of Events for dates and times).
Located on Route 3 the campground is 5 miles (8 km) south of Bar Harbor. It is open all year, with the following restrictions:
- May - October: Reservations recommended. Fee: $20 per site, per night.
- April and November: Weather permitting, Fee: $10 (self-registration)
- December - March: A limited number of campsites are available for primitive camping only in the off season at Blackwoods. During this time campers must obtain a camping permit from the dispatch at park headquarters (8am - 4:30 pm daily). Facilities are limited to a hand pump for water and a portable toilet. The campground entrance road is closed to automobiles during this time; campers are required to hike in from the campground entrance on Route 3. Campers must pack out all trash. Fee: Free. For more information, visit the Winter Camping page.
Located on Route 102A this campground is 4 miles (6 km) south of Southwest Harbor. It is open from late May through September. Reservations are suggested; however, only a portion of the sites can be reserved. Approximately half of the campsites are non-reservable and will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the campground.
Fee (per site, per night): $14 walk-in tent sites; $20 drive-up tent, camper, and motorhome sites.
Reservations for Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds
Reservations for individual sites are handled by the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), not the park.
888-448-1474 (Customer Service)
Group camping at Seawall.
For information about group camping seasons, fees, and regulations, click here.
To view or download a reservation form; click here. Fill out the form and fax it to (207) 288-8792 or mail to:
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Attn: Group Reservations
Fall colors in the fog.
Duck Harbor Campground
Located on Isle au Haut, a rugged island off the coast of Stonington, Maine, this remote and inaccessible to automobiles campground is linked to the mainland by mailboat. Five primitive sites are available at Duck Harbor from May 15 to October 15 by advance reservation. You must have a reservation to camp. Camping is permitted in designated sites only, and party size is limited to six persons per site. Facilities include:
For information on reservations, click here
For a camping reservation application, click here.
For a map and brochure of Isle au Haut, click here.
Horses of Wildwood Stables.
Wildwood Stables Campground
Open only to visitors with stock animals. For more information, visit Wildwood Stables website.
While never ablaze in bloom, an interesting succession of plants appears at the Wild Gardens. Although the subtlety of the park's plants often requires careful observation, the Wild Gardens are home to native flora that are sometimes quite showy.