Thing to Do

Stargazing at Jordan Pond

Milky Way over Jordan Pond

Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet. Pets are not allowed in the water.
Although the activity is free, a park entrance pass is required for all areas of the park from May 1 through October 31.

Where to Begin: The Trailhead

  • Jordan Pond Boat Launch

Getting to the Trailhead:

  • By car: Starting from ME Route 3, turn off at the Hulls Cove Entrance to Acadia National Park and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Follow the Park Loop Road. At 2.8 miles continue straight remaining on the two-way section of the Loop Road following signs for Jordan Pond. Use the North Lot parking area on the right just before the Jordan Pond House. Walk down the boat access to the pond. The Jordan Pond Path crosses the boat launch. The path can be taken in either direction.

  • By bus: There is no public transportation after dark to this location.

Spring, Summer, Fall
Dawn and dusk offer the chance to see some of the wildlife around Jordan Pond. 
Accessibility Information
The Jordan Pond Path is not accessible. The trail has uneven footing, stepping stones, and a small bridge.

The Jordan Pond House area and boat launch are accessible.

Acadia National Park

Milky Way from stone bridge at Jordan Pond
Milky Way viewed from the stone bridge on Jordan Path

NPS Photo/Sardius S. Stalker

Capture the night sky from different viewpoints around Acadia’s clearest lake. After the lights go off at the Jordan Pond House, the sky opens for stargazing and photography. The sound of the waves provides a nice background for viewing vivid skies overhead. For those looking to photograph the night sky, take Jordan Pond Path around the east side of the pond for views of the Milky Way and planets.

Last updated: September 18, 2020