Places To Go


Bass Harbor Head Light

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse small
Bass Head Harbor Light.


Bass Harbor Head Light is the only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island. The United States Coast Guard operates and maintains the lighthouse and surrounding buildings. While the lighthouse is not open to the public, visitors can view it up close by way of a short paved path or take a trail and stairway to view it from the shoreline. The lighthouse is located off Route 102A in the Town of Tremont and accessible by private vehicle. The Island Explorer does not directly serve the lighthouse, but it can drop passengers off the end of the entry road, which is about about half a mile from the lighthouse.


Scenic Areas

Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.


Cadillac Mountain
At 1,530 feet (466 m), Cadillac Mountain is not only the tallest mountain in the park, but also the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. Cadillac Mountain is accessible via a winding, narrow, 3.5-mile road. The road is closed from December through April 14 and whenever weather condtions (e.g. dense fog or ice) require.

Cliffs on Isle au Haut rise high over the sea.
Isle au Haut cliffs.


Isle au Haut
"High Island" is the English translation for Isle au Haut, the name given by the French navigator Samuel Champlain during his explorations of the Maine coast in 1604. For more information, please visit the Isle au Haut page. If you are looking to camp on Isle au Haut (Duck Harbor Campground) visit our camping page for more information.

The ocean meets granite cliffs topped by evergreens.
Ocean meets granite cliffs.


Park Loop Road
The 27-mile (43 km) Park Loop Road system offers outstanding views of the park's ocean shoreline, coastal forests, and mountain silhouettes. This historic road system is open from April 15 through November, 24 hours a day, weather permitting (small portions remain open all year).

Waves off Schoodic Point.
Waves off Schoodic Point.

NPS/Kristi Rugg

The Schoodic Peninsula offers a wide array of opportunities for discovering Maine's rugged coast without all the congestion of Mount Desert Island. Whether exploring on foot, by bike, or by car, there is something for everyone. Learn more on our Schoodic page.

White flower surrounded by green leaves
Flower macro.


Wild Gardens of Acadia

On less than one acre, the Wild Gardens of Acadia offer a microcosm of Mount Desert Island's natural habitats. As you stroll the level gravel and pine-needle paths, see what's in bloom and learn to recognize a variety of native plants, which are labeled to aid in identification. Watch the abundant bird life or just listen to the spring-fed brook in a most tranquil setting. Please refrain from smoking or bringing your pets into the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Visitor Center

Visitor Centers

Somes Sound
Somes Sound.


Hulls Cove Visitor Center
Watch a free 15-minute audiovisual program about the park, available in English, French, German, audio description, and captioned. An audio tour of Acadia and the surrounding area is available for purchase.

Hikers with Dog
Hikers with dog on a leash.


Thompson Island Information Center
Located on Route 3 at the head of Mount Desert Island, this center displays area information that can help guide your visit.



Lobstering exhibit inside Islesford Historical Museum
Lobstering exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum.

Rosamund Rea

Islesford Historical Museum
Explore the Cranberry Isles and the lives of their hardy inhabitants in the Islesford Historical Museum on Little Cranberry Island. The island is accessible by mail boat or tour boat from Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor. From late May through mid October, the park offers the ranger-narrated Islesford Scenic and Historic Cruise, which makes a 45-minute stop at the museum (see the Schedule of Events for dates and times).


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


(207) 288-3338

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