Traffic & Congestion

Overflowing parking and traffic at Blue Hill Overlook

Photo courtesy Rhonda Wasner. Used with permission.

Park Congestion is a Shared Responsibility

It's no secret that Acadia ranks consistently among the most-visted national parks in America. It's your park. We're glad you're here. But if you drive a personal vehicle into the park during peak season, from June into October, you're accepting a greater share of responsibility for the experience and safety of yourself, and others, as well as for potentially lasting impacts to the park. Plan ahead, and have back-up plans. So long as you know where and when to look, there's still plenty of Acadia to go around.

If you arrive at a spot where traffic is already backed up, and parking is overflowing, please don't join onto the queue. Break off, and find something better to do.

 
You can have a say in Acadia's long range Transportation Plan

 

Avoid Contributing to Traffic Jams

Low-Impact Transportation Options

  • Always visit Acadia with a back-up plan. If a parking lot or area is full when you arrive, pick a new destination and protect the park by not adding to congestion.
  • Avoid long lines by buying your entrance pass online, and printing a copy prior to your arrival.
  • Leave your car where you are staying, then walk on a village connector trail, ride your bike, or take the fare-free Island Explorer bus into Acadia.
  • Enjoy a car-free biking experience by using Acadia’s carriage roads. Wear a helmet and watch your speed for a safer ride.
  • Enjoy a summit view by hiking one of Acadia’s historic trails. Stay on established trails and wear sturdy, enclosed hiking shoes for a safer hike.

Experience Special Places in New Ways

  • Don’t miss Acadia at night. Seek out a moonrise over a beach, shooting stars over a mountain, or owl calls echoing into the stillness of a forest trail.
  • Avoid Cadillac Mountain crowds at sunrise and sunset by picking a new place or new way to experience these magical moments. Watch sunrise along Ocean Drive or take a sunset boat ride.
  • Do your favorite things at new times of the day. Visit Acadia early morning or late afternoon to find less-crowded experiences.
  • Visit in winter, spring, or late fall, to experience Acadia at its most peaceful.
  • See Acadia in new ways, from a boat, an outer island, or another place new to you.

Make It a Maine Experience

  • Make Maine your destination, not only Acadia. Find the experiences and meet the people that make this place uniquely Maine.
  • Spend the middle of the day, the park’s busiest time, exploring activities around Acadia in museums, libraries, historical societies, gardens, galleries, gift shops, and other local venues.
  • Extend your Maine adventure by bringing your passport to explore national parks in Canada—make it a “Two Nation Vacation” www.two-nation-vacation.com
  • Find a park ranger in Acadia and ask about her or his favorite Maine experience.
 
Photographers crowd onto rocks
Crowds of photographers jockey for position at Bass Harbor Head Light

NPS Photo by Kent Miller

Last updated: February 13, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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