Directions & Transportation

Island Explorer bus on Acadia coastline
The Island Explorer

Photo Courtesy of Gregg Tehennepe

Island Explorer

Getting Here

Park Loop Road

Winter Road Access

GPS Coordinates

 

Winter Road Access

The Park Loop Road closes annually, from Dec 1 through April 14, with spring road opening being weather-dependent. Most of the Park Loop Road, including the road to Cadillac Mountain, is closed in winter.

Two short sections of Park Loop Road remain open all year:

  • A scenic one-mile (1.6 km) section along the ocean: Access via Schooner Head Road, two miles (3.2 km) south of downtown Bar Harbor
  • Access to Jordan Pond: Access via Route 3 and Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor.


Paved roads that close annually, Dec 1 through April 14, include:

  • Beech Mountain Road Parking Area
  • Duck Brook Road from Duck Brook Bridge to West Street Extension
  • Great Meadow Drive
  • Kebo Street (park-owned section only)
  • Schooner Head Road (southern end)
  • Stanley Brook Road
  • West Street Extension (park-owned section only)
  • Unpaved Roads closed annually November 15 through May 14.
  • Long Pond Road
  • Lurvey Spring Road
  • Seal Cove Road
  • Western Mountain Road
  • Schoodic Head Road (Schoodic Peninsula)
 

Go Local on the Island Explorer

During the summer months, the Park Loop Road and parking lots at carriage road entrances can be quite crowded. Parking is permitted only in posted areas, parking lots, and established roadside pullouts. To avoid the crowds and parking issues, it's a good idea to ride the fare-free Island Explorer.

From late June through early October, it provides service between park destinations, local communities, and Bar Harbor-Hancock County Regional Airport. Regularly scheduled buses stop at destinations in the park, including campgrounds, carriage road entrances, and many trailheads. You can also flag down buses along their route. Drivers will pick up passengers anywhere it is safe to stop. Bus schedules are available visitor contact stations, and the Island Explorer website.

 

Park Loop Road

The scenic 27-mile (43 km) scenic loop begins at Hulls Cove Visitor Center and offers access to Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain. An entrance station is one mile (1.6 km) north of Sand Beach on Park Loop Road. Entrance fees are required to enter any portion of the park. Most of Park Loop Road closes for the winter

Bridge clearances:

  • Stanley Brook Entrance: 10 feet 4 inches (3.1 m)
  • Sieur de Monts: 12 feet 2 inches (3.7 m)
  • Fabbri Picnic Area: 11 feet 6 inches (3.5 m)
  • Blackwoods Campground: 11 feet 8 inches (3.5 m)
  • Wildwood Stables: 13 feet (3.9 m)
 
 

GPS Coordinates

GPS users will find coordinates for many popular park locations in the chart below. All coordinates are given in decimal degrees from WGS84 datum. When using your GPS to navigate about the park, please keep these suggestions in mind.

  • Obey all posted signs and park regulations.
  • Don't blindly follow your GPS. It may know where to go but not necessarily the best way to get there (for example, some roads here are one way). An electronic device is no substitute for common sense.
  • Be wary of accidentally travelling on private lands in order to access public areas. This area is a patchwork of public and private lands.
 
Location Type Latitude Longitude
Bar Harbor Town Pier Boat Landing 44.392087 -68.204052
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse Parking Area 44.222568 -68.337273
Bear Brook Picnic Area Picnic Area 44.360353 -68.198953
Blackwoods Campground Entrance Station Info/Fees 44.310204 -68.204045
Cadillac Mountain Parking Area 44.352643 -68.224610
COA Pier (private) Boat Landing 44.395945 -68.219885
Eagle Lake Boat Ramp Boat Landing 44.376513 -68.250634
Echo Lake Beach Parking Area 44.314308 -68.336482
Fabbri Picnic Area Picnic Area 44.314381 -68.195138
Frazer Point Picnic Area Picnic Area 44.374892 -68.074710
Headquarters Parking Area 44.374423 -68.260078
Ikes Point Boat Ramp Boat Ramp 44.325744 -68.334241
Jordan Pond Boat Ramp Boat Ramp 44.322836 -68.253771
Jordan Pond House Building 44.320484 -68.253658
Jordan Pond House - North Lot Parking Area 44.321547 -68.251892
Jordan Pond House - South Lot Parking Area 44.319896 -68.253908
Moore Auditorium Parking Area 44.335228 -68.061067
Otter Cliff Parking Area 44.310803 -68.189828
Park Loop Road Entrance on Rt. 233 Park Entrance 44.381263 -68.230050
Ponds End Boat Ramp (municipal) Boat Ramp 44.354826 -68.363204
Precipice Parking Area Parking Area 44.349485 -68.187919
Pretty Marsh Picnic Area Picnic Area 44.333169 -68.406846
Sand Beach Parking Area 44.330198 -68.183998
Sand Beach Entrance Station Info/Fees 44.338797 -68.183168
Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) Park Entrance 44.336629 -68.057280
Seal Cove Pond Boat Ramp Boat Ramp 44.292104 -68.392393
Seawall Campground Entrance Station Info/Fees 44.240444 -68.304272
Seawall Picnic Area Picnic Area 44.237646 -68.302139
Ship Harbor Trailhead Parking Area 44.231745 -68.325446
Sieur de Monts Nature Center Building 44.362097 -68.207830
Thompson Island Information Center Parking Area 44.426989 -68.366619
Thompson Island Picnic Area Parking Area 44.426906 -68.364621
Thunder Hole Parking Area 44.321011 -68.189330
Visitor Center Parking Area 44.409286 -68.247501
Wildwood Stables Building 44.314663 -68.236661
Wonderland Trailhead Parking Area 44.233636 -68.320198
 

Getting Here

By Car

  • Mount Desert Island: From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth, and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island.
  • Schoodic Peninsula: Take I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, head north on U.S. Route 1 for approximately 17.3 miles to Hwy 186. Turn right on Hwy 186 and drive 6.5 miles. Turn left at yield sign, continue .5 miles and turn right on Schoodic Loop Road.

By Plane

  • Direct flights from Boston's Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the park. Car rentals are available at both airports.

Last updated: October 30, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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