Closures for Winter
December 2, 2013: Acadia is now in winter mode, which means that most of Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mt. road, is closed. Still open is the Ocean Drive section,from Schooner Head overlook to Otter Cliff Rd., and Jordan Pond area via Jordan Pond Rd. More »
From December 1 through March 31, Blackwoods Campground is available for primitive tent camping. Blackwoods is the only Acadia National Park facility on Mount Desert Island that is designated for winter camping. Before camping, campers must obtain a free camping permit from the park's Dispatch Office, located at park headquarters on Route 233 west of Bar Harbor.
The campground entrance road is gated and closed, requiring campers to hike in a distance of approximately one mile 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 Route 3 north of Bar Harbor. Campers should be careful not to block other vehicles and should not park on the shoulder of Route 3, as vehicles parked on the shoulder may be towed by the state highway department during a snowstorm. It is advisable to have the tools necessary to shovel out vehicles if they get plowed in during a snowstorm.
Campers must be prepared for extreme weather conditions and must be self sufficient.
Visit this page for information on Winter Activities in Acadia.
Did You Know?
Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...