Rocky shorelines and tide-pools provide a different type of shore experience. Acadia's beaches, full of multi-colored rocks and sculpted driftwood, are an artist's paradise. Rocky tidepools along the east and west coasts, from Acadia to Olympic, are unparalleled in the opportunities they provide to discover the colorful wildlife that lives just under the crashing waves.
Shore activities and conditions vary from park to park. Some have designated beaches staffed with lifeguards and allow camping on the beach, while others do not. In most cases, rock or shell collecting may be prohibited. Check with the specific parks for local rules and regulations.