From Summit to CoastlineThe east side of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is the most popular and visited area of the park. It features the historic Park Loop Road and carriage road system, mountains, geological features, hiking trails, rugged coastline, and historic and cultural areas significant to the creation and expansion of the park. Most of the park's annual visitation occurs here.
Elevations range from sea-level at Sand Beach to 1,530 ft on Cadillac Mountain, the highest peak on the eastern seaboard. The park covers various summits, bodies of water, meadows, and forests until it reaches coastline — Somes Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
Areas on the east side of Mount Desert Island are within a 10 to 30 minute drive from Hulls Cove Visitor Center, depending on traffic and time of year. Be aware of speed limit changes and check alerts for road and trail closures, especially during winter. Cell service is unreliable, so plan accordingly if using GPS or other navigation.
East Side Highlights
Vehicle Reservations Required
Driving your car to two of the most popular destinations in Acadia National Park will require a reservation Oct 1 to 18, 2020
Acadia strives to make facilities as accessible as possible. Find information for accessibility in specific areas across the park.
Buy & Print Your Pass Online
Learn about park entry fees and annual passes including how to buy, print, and display your pass on your dashboard before you get here.
Park Rules & Safety Advisories
Are visitors allowed to harvest mushrooms, or fly a drone in Acadia? Check out highlights of the park's important Rules and Regulations.
When it comes to wildlife, a long-distance relationship is the best relationship. Learn how you can help to keep Acadia's wildlife wild.
Last updated: August 7, 2020