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.


Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing


Are you looking for current ski conditions?
Check out the grooming status at Friends of Acadia's Winter Trails Association.

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.

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.


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.




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.

Snowmobile regulations include:

  • All Maine state snowmobile laws are enforced in the park. Maine registration is required. As a reminder, tracked side-by-side (ATVs) are not permitted in Acadia National Park.
  • 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.


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.


Winter Camping


From December through March, a limited number of campsites at Blackwoods Campground are available for primitive camping only. Blackwoods is the only park facility that is designated for winter camping. Campers must obtain a free camping permit from the park's Dispatch Office located at Park Headquarters on ME 233 west of Bar Harbor.

The campground entrance road is gated and closed, requiring campers to hike in a distance of approximately one mile (1.6 km) to the campground. Parking is limited at the entrance gate; only five or six vehicles will be able to park at one time. To serve the greatest number of people, camping parties are encouraged to park only one vehicle at the campground entrance; additional vehicles can be parked at Hulls Cove Visitor Center, located on ME 3 north of Bar Harbor. Campers should be careful not to block other vehicles and should not park on the shoulder of ME 3. Vehicles parked on the shoulder may be towed by the state during a snowstorm. It is advisable to have the tools necessary to shovel out vehicles if they get plowed in.

Campers must be prepared for extreme weather conditions and must be self-sufficient.


  • Camping is limited to the established campsites in Loop B.
  • A hand pump for water and a drain for dumping gray water are available.
  • A portable toilet is available. Campers should bring their own toilet paper.


  • Please collect, bag, and pack out all food scraps and trash.
  • Cutting vegetation (e.g., tree branches) is prohibited. Large pieces of wood for campfires may be available in the campground; a hatchet is needed to split the wood into usable pieces.
  • Snowmobiling is prohibited in Blackwoods Campground.
Seasonal Closures

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).

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