Acadia National Park Guide 2020 : National Parks Navigator

Acadia National Park

How to get to the Park?

Park access: By car from Maine Route 3. By Bus via Downeast Bus from Bangor. Be sure to make the National Park Service Hulls Cove Visitors Center your First Stop.

Where to Stay?

Camping is available in the Park as well as at private sites on the Island.

The most centrally located campground is Blackwoods Campground.. This Campground is awesome - right near some extraordinary rocks you can climb all over and watch the sea and the stars from. Drink your morning coffee there while reading your favorite book or your park map. This campground has an ocean view, big granite boulders you can climb, plenty of trees, and especially hiking trails to the mountains and beaches . Park facilities do lack showers but private hot showers are available by the entrance gate.

Find the best hotels near this National Park such as the Otter Creek Inn and the Asticou Inn .

How to get around?

It's highly recommended to buy a map at the Visitor Center because your cell phone will probably not work in the park. Some phones will only work if on top of a mountain or in Bar Harbor (6 miles away). If you are car-less or just want to save money on gas, utilize the park shuttles (starting up around June 23rd). If on foot, expect a lot of exercise and use the park trail maps. The shuttles are called "Island Explorer". These shuttles seem to go basically everywhere except the summit of Cadillac Mountain —but you can get there by car or by hiking. Climbing to the summit of Cadillac starts at 2 a.m.— It’s EXTRAORDINARY to see the sunrise that way.

Where to eat?

You do not need to bring a ton of food if you don’t want to. There is a sweet little market, walking-distance away by path, in Otter Creek . "Otter Creek Market". Stroll over there every morning to get coffee, apples, and sour gummy worms and to talk with the owner who had lived around there her whole life! Bar harbor has eateries on virtually every street corner.

What to visit?

There are many wonderful places to explore in the park—check out a map and/or talk with the friendly Park Rangers. There are many hiking and biking trails available. Several islands are reachable by inter-island ferry including the Cranberry Islands and Swans Island. Ferry Service is also available to the Schoodic Pennisula and Winter Harbor. Side trips include visiting small villages along the Eastern coast of Maine—in particular, the Easternmost city in the USA! Aptly named— Eastport . It’s a wonderful, calm place full of fishermen and artists and people who just were just passing through and decided to stay… forever. You may intend to stay for 2 days and end up sticking around for 2 weeks! For more info on Eastport, see:

Sand Beach

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

Otter Cliff

Otter Creek Market / Blackwoods Campground


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