Places To Go

Acadia National Park may appear small on a map, but the park encompasses nearly 50,000 acres along the Atlantic Coastline of Maine — including Mount Desert Island, Schoodic Peninsula, Isle au Haut, and other adjacent islands. 60 miles of coastline, 33 miles of scenic motor roads, 45 miles of carriage roads, and more than 150 miles of hiking trails provide numerous ways to explore the park.

Unsure where to start? Use the map to orient yourself with the area. Explore the places below and learn about highlights, visitor services, and ways to get there.

 
Local area map with green shaded areas of the park

Mount Desert Island

Acadia National Park is mostly located on Mount Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine. The park stretches across the island, roughly divided by Somes Sound to create east and west sides.

 

The east side of Mount Desert Island is the most visited area of Acadia. The 27-mile (43 km) Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views and access to popular spots.

Highlights
Sieur de Monts, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, Eagle Lake, Bar Island, and Compass Harbor

Visitor Services
Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Sand Beach Entrance Station, Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Wild Gardens of Acadia, Abbe Museum, Jordan Pond House, Blackwoods Campground, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and Village Green Information Center

Nearby Communities
Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, and Seal Harbor

Access
By car, bicycle, or bus

 
 
The west side of Mount Desert Island offers quiet, more secluded recreational opportunities and coastal views from the park.

Highlights
Seawall, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Beech Mountain, Echo Lake Beach, Pretty Marsh, and Carroll Homestead

Visitor Services
Seawall Campground, Seawall Ranger Station, and Pretty Marsh Picnic Area

Nearby Communities
Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Bernard

Access
By car or bus
 

Acadia Elsewhere

Outside the park on Mount Desert Island, Acadia manages land on Schoodic Peninsula, Isle au Haut, and 18 other coastal islands.
 
 
The Schoodic Peninsula offers a wide array of opportunities for discovering Maine's rugged coast on the mainland without the congestion of Mount Desert Island.

Highlights

Schoodic Point, Blueberry Hill, and Frazer Point

Visitor Services
Schoodic Institute and Welcome Center, Schoodic Woods Campground Ranger Station, and Schoodic Woods Campground

Nearby Communities
Winter Harbor

Access
By car or passenger ferry (Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor, seasonally)

 
 
Isle au Haut is translated to "High Island" in English and located off the coast of Stonington, Maine. It is the most remote area of Acadia and accessible by ferry only.


Highlights
Duck Harbor, Western Head, and Eastern Head

Visitor Services
Duck Harbor Campground

Nearby Communities
Isle au Haut

Access
Passenger ferry only

 
 
The outer islands include the Cranberry Islands and Baker Island, located south of Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island.

Highlights
Isleford Historical Museum and Baker Island Lighthouse

Nearby Communities
Cranberry Island and Isleford

Access
Passenger ferry or boat tour

Last updated: July 7, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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