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    Acadia

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  • Trail Closure: Gorge Path weekdays, 7 am - 4 pm

    The section of the Gorge Path between the Hemlock Path intersection and the A. Murray Young Trail intersection is closed until rehabilitation work is completed. The closure will be in effect Mondays through Fridays only, from 7 am to 4 pm.

  • Bubble Pond Carriage Road closure

    Bubble Pond Carriage Road will be closed to all traffic Monday 9/15- Wednesday 9/17 from the parking lot to Triad-Day Mountain Bridge. More »

Winter Activities

Carriage Road in Snow
A cross-country skier moves along a snow-covered carriage road.
NPS/Todd Edgar
 
 

For more information, download the Winter in Acadia brochure.

Visiting Operating Hours and Seasons to see what facilities are open in winter and Temporary Closures to check on current weather, road, and facility updates.

 
 
Automobile

Scenic Drives

 

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.

 
snowshoeing

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

 
Forty-five miles (72 km) of carriage roads in the park offer the perfect setting for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ski tracks are sometimes laid down by volunteers on sections of the carriage roads when snowfall exceeds four inches (10 cm); nearly 32 miles (51 km) are designated for grooming when conditions and time permit. For the grooming status of these areas see the table below. The 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.

Grooming
Click here for a map of grooming routes. Some areas may not be groomed. The list below is accurate to the best of our knowledge; conditions may change between the time the routes are groomed and information is posted. You can help keep this list current; if you are out skiing and notice that conditions are different from what is listed here, please contact us.

 

March 28, 2014: Volunteers report currently the only good skiing is around Aunt Betty Pond. The first half mile from Eagle Lake is icy, but the center track is good for skiing. Use caution.

Route *Groomed or Tracked Comments Date Last Groomed
Visitor Center Groomers
Witch Hole Pond groomed
3/14/2014

Aunt Betty Pond & Seven Bridges

groomed
3/27/2014
Eagle Lake (except eastern side) groomed

3/8/2014
Brown Mountain Groomers
Upper Hadlock Loop groomed
3/16/2014
Amphitheater Loop groomed
3/16/2014
Around the Mountain - Lower Loop groomed

3/5/2014
Around the Mountain - Upper Loop
* groomed = tracks set by sled; tracked = tracks set by skis
 
snowmobile

Snowmobiling

 

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.

Snowmobile regulations include:

  • All Maine state snowmobile laws are enforced in the park. Maine registration is required.
  • Snowmobiles are not allowed on carriage roads, except for the east side of Eagle Lake to make the connection to the Park Loop Road at Bubble Road.
  • Snowmobiles are not permitted off-road or on any hiking trails.
  • Maximum speed is 35 mph (56 km/h) on Park Loop Road and 25 mph (40 km/h) on all unpaved roads.
  • Yield to anyone not on a snowmobile (skiers, snowshoers, and hikers).
  • Turn on your white headlight and red tailight 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet (152 m).
  • Towing people on sleds or skis is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to operate snowmobiles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Drivers must be an least 14 years old to operate snowmobiles in the park.
  • Anyone under 18 years old must wear approved protective headgear.

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.

 
hiking

Winter Hiking

 

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.

 
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Ice Fishing

 
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.


Ice fishing is a popular activity in Acadia when weather conditions permit. See Fishing for more information.

 
campground

Winter Camping

 

From December through March, a limited number of campsites at Blackwoods Campground are available for primitive camping only. For more information, click here.

 
Seasonal Closures

Dog Sledding and Skijoring

 

With the exception of the park's carriage roads, the use of dog sleds, dog carts, and skijoring with dogs is permitted on all closed motor roads and fire roads under the following conditions.

  • Dog sleds may be pulled by no more than four dogs, with a combined tow and tug line of not more than 12 feet. Sleds must be equipped with a braking system, and in the winter, with one snow hook.
  • Skijorers must utilize a commercially manufactured skijor belt with quick release and tugline. The tugline should be equipped with a built-in shock cord, and may not exceed a combined length of 10 feet. Skijorers may use up to two dogs, which must be harnessed with either an "X" or "H" harness. A simple dog collar is not considered a harness.

Did You Know?

A girl stands along the stone steps of the Kurt Diederich Path in this historic image taken around 1920.

Acadia National Park contains more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails. Many of these trails were established by local village improvement societies in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today many of the historic features, such as stonework, are still visible.