Granite islands forested with spruce and pine shoot up from the coastline for the highest views of our country's eastern shores.
Hiking, biking, camping, boating, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, Earthcaching, tidepooling, ranger programs, bus and carriage tours
One for the Bucket List
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain. Take in morning vistas of Mount Desert Island, the Porcupine Islands, Frenchman Bay and, on the clearest days, Nova Scotia from atop Maine's glorious hunk of granite. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac Mountain is the highest point along the Atlantic coastline of the eastern United States, and exploring the summit at daybreak provides a golden panorama for hikers and photographers. Cadillac's summit also is the first place to view sunrise in the United States from the first week of October through the first week of March, due to a quirk of geography, altitude and a little sunbeam physics.
Seasons and Hours
Acadia's park headquarters is open all year, but its other visitor centers are only open from mid-spring to mid-autumn. Of the park's three main campgrounds, Blackwoods Campground is the only one open all year, with Seawall and Duck Harbor open mid-May to early autumn.
The popular scenic Park Loop Road through the park (including the road to Cadillac Mountain) is closed December through mid-April and in hazardous weather conditions.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center is located on Route 3 north of Bar Harbor, while the park headquarters is located on Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road) two miles west of Bar Harbor. See map.
Also note: "From late June to early October, fare-free Island Explorer buses operate throughout Mount Desert Island. The Island Explorer links park destinations to neighboring villages, motels, and campgrounds, as well as the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport."
Average Temps (ºF) High/Low
January - 32/10
April - 53/32
July - 80/57
October - 58/38
Approximate Distance From...
Bangor, ME - 50 miles
Boston, MA - 280 miles
Concord, NH - 280 miles
Burlington, VT - 330 miles
Albany, NY - 440 miles
New York, NY - 490 miles