Although most of Park Loop Road is closed in winter, two sections remain open, Oean Drive and Jordan Pond Road. Scenic areas of Acadia are also visible and accessible from public roads that travel through and along the park. Visit Temporary Closures for updates on current road conditions and closures.
Ocean Drive: scenic, one-way portion of Park Loop Road is accessible from Schooner Head Road, one-mile (1.6 km) south of downtown Bar Harbor on Route 3, and stretches for 2 miles (3.2 km) along the coast. Stay in the right lane, as snowmobiles are permitted to use the unplowed left lane. Exit Ocean Drive via Otter Cliff Road to Route 3.
Jordan Pond Road: two-way and accessible just north of Seal Harbor. Follow the Jordan Pond Road to Park Loop Raod, which is plowed to the Jordon Pond House Restaurant parking areas.
Sargeant Drive to Northeast Harbor and Route 102A to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse also offer scenic winter views of Acadia and Mount Desert Island.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Carriage Road User's Map can help you find your way on the carriage roads.
You may also cross-country ski on unplowed park roads. Be careful, as snowmobiles are permitted to use most of these unplowed park roads. Skiing on hiking trails is not recommended because of the uneven and steep nature of trails, ice falls blocking the path, and trail routes obscurred by snow. Please do not snowshoe or allow dogs to walk in cross-country ski tracks.
Ski equipment and rentals are available in local communities.
January 12, 2015: All ski-able carriage roads have been groomed and tracked, except Around the Mountain - Upper Loop. Ski conditions are pristine and snow continues to fall.
Snowmobile travel is allowed on the 27-mile (43 km) Park Loop Road system (including the road up Cadillac Mountain) and most fire roads. Maps of the east side and west side show snowmobile routes and parking.
Click here for a map of snowmobiling routes.
Snowmobilers are encouraged to utilize the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot to access the winter snowmobile routes. Snowmobile rental is not available on Mount Desert Island.
Acadia's trails become icy and/or snowpacked in winter. Be prepared for unfavorable conditions and early darkness. If you are considering hiking in Acadia during the winter months, be sure to follow these winter hiking guidelines.
December 26, 2013: Area lakes and ponds are covered in a thin layer of ice and many areas have open spots. Conditions are not safe for ice fishing at this point. Please use extreme caution as snow covers the ice making it hard to estimate.
From December through March, a limited number of campsites at Blackwoods Campground are available for primitive camping only. For more information, click here.
Dog Sledding and Skijoring
The use of dog sleds, dog carts, and skijoring with dogs is prohibited in the park due to the 6 foot (1.8 m) leash requirement per 36 CFR § 2.15(a)(2).