Eating & Picnicking

Picnic tables, grass, and trees along Schoodic coastline
Picnic Area at Schoodic Peninsula

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Picnic Areas

There are six picnic areas in the park: five on Mount Desert Island and one in Schoodic. Picnicking is also permitted park-wide, except in campgrounds where it is prohibited without a camping permit.

Mount Desert Island

Bear Brook – Open seasonally, 35 sites, 30 fireplaces

  • Along Park Loop Road, just beyond Sieur de Monts Spring turnoff
  • 1 accessible site and restroom

Seawall – Open year round, 14 sites, 12 fireplaces

  • Located off Route 102A, opposite the Seawall Campground entrance
  • Accessible sites and restroom

Pretty Marsh – Open seasonally, 11 sites, 8 fireplaces

  • Located off Route 102 between Somesville and Seal Cove
  • Accessible sites and restroom
  • Only picnic area with covered picnic table

Thompson Island – Open seasonally, 46 sites, 44 fireplaces

  • Located off Route 3 (southbound) just before crossing over onto Mount Desert Island
  • 1 accessible site and restroom

Fabbri – Open year round, 23 sites and fireplaces

  • Located past Otter Point on Park Loop Road
  • Accessible sites and restroom

Schoodic Peninsula

Frazer Point – Open year round, 26 sites, 22 fireplaces

  • Located off Route 186 on Schoodic Peninsula
  • 1 accessible site and restroom

Picnicking Rules & Regulations

  • The park’s picnic areas are first-come, first-serve and cannot be reserved.
  • Picnicking is prohibited in campgrounds without a camping permit and only registered campers can picnic in the park’s campgrounds.
  • Contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campgrounds and in designated picnic areas within park-provided receptacles or in private grills. Fires must be contained within the grills provided or within private grills where no ground scorching occurs.
  • The use of personal gas grills and stoves are permitted.
  • Any organized groups of over 30 people need a permit (this includes school groups) to picnic at any of the park’s picnic areas. See Special Use Permits for details.
Dining on the Lawn
Visitors dining at Jordan Pond House

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The only dining facility in the park, the Jordan Pond House Restaurant serves lunch, tea, and dinner (mid-May through late October).
Many dining options are available in nearby communities.

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Last updated: April 13, 2021

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