Although state and county roads on Mount Desert Island are plowed throughout the winter, only two short sections of the Park Loop Road are open to vehicles in winter, with the rest serving as designated snowmobile routes. Park roads are plowed and sanded only during daylight hours. Be prepared to encounter heavy snow and icy conditions.
Coastal Scenic Drive:
(Includes shoreline from Sand Beach to Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff.)
Jordan Pond Area:
Follow Route 3 from Bar Harbor to Seal Harbor. In Seal Harbor, take a sharp right turn at Jordan Pond Road. In about a mile, this road joins a short section of the Park Loop Road which remains plowed to the south end of Jordan Pond. Exit by backtracking.
Sargent Drive skirts the shore of Somes Sound. Carved by glaciers, the steep granite walls drop to the sea forming a fiard, a coastal inlet similar to a fiord. Follow Route 198 toward Northeast Harbor. Continue past the junction of Route 233, driving 1.2 miles. Turn right at a sign indicating Sargent Drive.
Seven public restrooms are maintained across the park through winter –
Have fun, but please put your safety first while exploring Acadia. Your safety depends on your own good judgment.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Forty-five miles (72 km) of carriage roads in the park offer the perfect setting for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You may also cross-country ski on unplowed park roads. Be careful, as these are designated snowmobile routes.
Grooming Carriage Roads for Recreational Use
Volunteers with Friends of Acadia groom sections of the historic carriage roads for recreational use when snowfall depth exceeds six inches and the roadbed is frozen. Please respect different uses and users.
Please do not walk, bike or allow your pet to run through classic ski tracks, or a center skate ski track.
Dog Sledding and Skijoring
The use of dog sleds, dog carts, and skijoring with dogs is prohibited in the park due to the 6 foot (1.8 m) leash requirement per 36 CFR § 2.15(a)(2).
Snowmobile travel is allowed on the 27-mile (43 km) Park Loop Road system (including the road up Cadillac Mountain) and most fire roads. Maps of the east side and west side show snowmobile routes and parking.
Snowmobile regulations include:
Snowmobilers are encouraged to utilize the Hulls Cove Visitor Center parking lot to access the winter snowmobile routes. Snowmobile rental is not available on Mount Desert Island.
Last updated: October 26, 2022