The Quiet Side
The west side of Acadia is a quieter, more secluded area of Mount Desert Island — great for visitors looking to explore the park's beauty and natural resources while avoiding larger crowds. Families and skilled adventurers alike can engage in hiking, boating, swimming, camping, wildlife-watching, ranger programs, and more on these mountains, coastlines, lakes, ponds, and trails.
This area stretches from Pretty Marsh Picnic Area in the northeast corner to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on the southern-most tip of the island — totaling roughly 10,000 acres. It is bordered by Seal Cove Pond, Hodgdon Pond, Echo Lake, Long Pond, Somes Sound, the Atlantic Ocean, and local communities of Southwest Harbor and Bass Harbor.
Areas on the west side are within a 20-45 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.
West Side Highlights
Mountains, Lakes, and Ponds
Explore Acadia Mountain, Beech Mountain, Echo Lake, Long Pond, and more in the heart of Mount Desert Island's west side.
Learn about various recreational opportunities at and around Seawall, including camping, hiking, and attending a ranger program.
Entrance Pass Required
Learn about park entry fees and annual passes including how to buy, print, and display your pass on your dashboard before you get here.
Acadia strives to make facilities as accessible as possible. Find information for accessibility in specific areas across the park.
Campground Capacity Reduced
All park campsites must be reserved online in advance in 2021. No sites are available for last-minute walk-up request upon arrival.
Park Rules & Regulations
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: September 12, 2022