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.
Bicycle Express on hiatus for 2020 Visitor Season
Due to construction on the Eagle Lake Carriage Road, and other factors, the Island Explorer's "Bicycle Express" will not be offered for the 2020 visitor season. The service, which ferries cyclists from the Bar Harbor Village Green to Eagle Lake and the carriage road system, is expected to return in 2021 with modifications to improve safety and program efficiency.
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
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.
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.
Last updated: May 4, 2020