Physical / Mobility

 

Getting Around

Island Explorer

Island Explorer fare-free shuttle buses operate daily from late June through early October connecting Acadia National Park to neighboring village centers. Buses are wheelchair-accessible. Schedules are available at visitor information centers and on the Island Explorer, www.exploreacadia.com.

 
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Parking
Designated accessible spaces are marked with the international access symbol. These are reserved for vehicles displaying an accessibility placard or license plate.

 

Accessible Facilities and Areas

 
Visitor Center

Visitor centers

 

Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Open April to October
In Hulls Cove, ME off Route 3. Follow signs to wheelchair-accessible parking lot and entrance before the main lot.
The wheelchair-accessible entrance leads to the upper main level via an elevator. There, you will also find the park store, outdoor plaza, and wheelchair accessible restrooms.

Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center
Open late May to early October
Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms are located across from the nature center. The nature center includes exhibits at wheelchair-accessible height. From here, you can access Wild Gardens of Acadia, Jesup Path, and other flat, hard-packed trails.

Thompson Island Information Center
Open in winter season only
Information available on the park and local chambers of commerce. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.

 
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Picnic areas

 

The following areas all have wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, fire grills, and picnic tables.

Bear Brook Picnic Area
Some level sites.

Fabbri Picnic Area
A paved walkway leading to picnic tables.

Frazer Point Picnic Area, Schoodic Peninsula
Several level, grassy sites.

Pretty Marsh Picnic Area
Rough terrain beyond the picnic site

Seawall Picnic Area
One picnic site here is accessible. All others are on uneven terrain.

Thompson Island Picnic Area
Assistance is needed to reach the shore.

 
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Campgrounds

 

Blackwoods Campground

Blackwoods has 12 accessible drive-in sites. RV sites have a 35-foot (10.7 m) maximum. There are hard-packed walkways to wheelchair-accessible restrooms and the amphitheater.

Seawall Campground

This campground has the following accessible sites:

  • three RV, 35-foot (10.7 m) maximum

  • five drive-in

  • five walk-in

  • one group site

Use the paved road for access to the amphitheater. If staying in the group camping area, use the accessible restroom in the C loop, which is reached by a long, hard-packed ramp.

Schoodic Woods Campground

Schoodic Woods Campground has 78 ADA camp sites, including tent and RV sites.The amphitheater and all restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

 
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Stores and Restaurant within Acadia National Park

 

Eastern National Bookstore in Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Follow signs to accessible parking lot. Open April 15–October. An elevator is available to lobby. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms available.

Cadillac Summit Center
Open seasonally. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.

Jordan Pond House Gift Shop/Restaurant
Open seasonally. Restroom in restaurant.

Thunder Hole Information Station
Open seasonally. Outdoor vault toilet. No running water. Assistance may be required to enter the information station. Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms.

 
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Beaches

 

Echo Lake
Wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, changing rooms, and an accessible path to water.

Sand Beach
Wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, and changing rooms. Thirty-one steps make the beach inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Ike's Point
This boat launch area has paved parking with a steep paved incline to water.

 
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Trails and Paths

 

Sieur de Monts Spring Area

Wild Gardens of Acadia is adjacent to the parking lot. Garden paths have a packed gravel surface. Assistance may be helpful. Hemlock Road begins to the right of the parking lot entrance and meanders through woodlands at the base of Dorr Mountain for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) round trip.

Jesup Path
Accessible from Sieur de Monts area, this boardwalk path navigates through a white birch forest. Note: The path is wide enough for a single wheelchair and there are few pullouts that allow for passing or turning around.

Carriage Roads

Carriage roads offer the best access to interior areas. The two easiest roads are listed below. Others tend to be steeper and slightly uneven, with sections of loose sand, gravel, and rocks. Extended use of the carriage roads depends on your ability and endurance. When following the carriage roads, be aware of washouts, steep grades, bicycle traffic, and horses on some sections. Assistance may be helpful. Check with park staff for specific routes. Click here to download a copy of the carriage roads map.

Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake Carriage Road is
closed for summer 2021.
The Eagle Lake parking area on Route 233 has wheelchair-accessible restrooms and parking. To the north, the carriage road leads toward Breakneck Pond, Half Moon Pond, and Witch Hole Pond, which is 5.3 miles (8.5 km) round trip. To the south, under the stone bridge, the carriage roads lead in two directions around Eagle Lake, 6 miles (9.7 km) round trip. There is a steep hill at the southwest end of the lake.

Bubble Pond
The parking area, located off Park Loop Road, has accessible restrooms and parking. Follow the level trail to the north end of Bubble Pond. From here you have access to the carriage roads, one of which borders the pond. Some sections are steep.

Other Trails

Ship Harbor
Park in the Ship Harbor parking lot west of Seawall Campground on Route 102 A. The first one-quarter mile (0.4 km) is a hard-packed surface leading to the mudflats. Access to intertidal pools is over rocky, uneven terrain. Steep grades will require assistance. Total distance is 1.3 miles (2.1 km) round trip.

Intertidal Zone
The best access to an intertidal zone is on the gravel bar between Bar Island and Bar Harbor. Access is via Bridge Street in Bar Harbor. Automobiles may be driven onto the gravel bar, which is only exposed 1 to 1.5 hours either side of low tide. The road to the bar is steep, rocky, and uneven.

Jordan Pond Trails
Parking can be found in the north lower lot of the Jordan Pond area. Some paths are accessible and offer beautiful views of the pond and connections to the carriage roads.

 
 
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Area Museums


Abbe Museum, Downtown Bar Harbor
Parking and entrance in rear of building. Accessible restrooms are available.
http://www.abbemuseum.org/

Abbe Museum, Sieur de Monts
Assistance may be needed for ascending steep paved trail to museum.
http://www.abbemuseum.org/

George B. Dorr Natural History Museum, College of the Atlantic
Assistance may be needed at entrance. Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms are available.
http://www.coa.edu/dorr-museum-microsite.htm

Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Northeast Harbor
Open seasonally. Only the first floor is wheelchair-accessible. Parking and restrooms are also accessible.
https://www.facebook.com/greatharbormaritimemuseum

Mount Desert Oceanarium, Bar Harbor
Numerous hands-on exhibits. Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms.
http://www.theoceanarium.com/

Old School House Museum, Mount Desert
Wheelchair-accessible entrance, parking, and restrooms are available.
http://www.mdihistory.org/the-old-school-house

Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor
Ramp at side entrance; may require assistance.
http://www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/

 

Last updated: July 29, 2021

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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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