Acadia National Park

Maine

Acadia National Park

is located in Maine and boasts Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States, at 1,530 feet. The terrain consists of lakes, ocean shores, forest, and peaks. Acadia National Park is the oldest national park in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The National Park Service reports that every year, more than 3.3 million people explore seven peaks above 1,000 feet, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads with 16 stone bridges.

Weather in Acadia National Park can vary greatly during all four seasons. During the Spring, temperatures can range from 30-70 F, Summer; 45-90 F, Fall; 30-70 F, and the Winter months can be quite cold at about 14-35 F. Where you are in the park can also have a great impact on temperature, including ocean and lake temperature differences and higher altitude all factoring in.

You’ll find quite a few towns and villages woven into Acadia National Park. Depending on your interests, you’ll find that different towns may call you during your visit. Whether you prefer a small, picturesque village-like Somesville or a larger resort town with more to do, such as Bar Harbor, there’s plenty to see and do all throughout and around Acadia National Park.

If you’re looking for in-park activities, Acadia has several regularly scheduled events. Most occur between June and September. Find the full schedule, here . There is also plenty to do once you’ve exhausted the hiking trails, including bicycling, bird watching, boating, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, and more! Plus if you’re lucky enough to visit in the fall, watching all of those leaves changing colors is pretty magical.

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Weather
Spring 30-70F
Summer 45-90F
Fall 30-70F
Winter 14-35F
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Fun Facts
3.3+ million visitors per year
158 miles of hiking trails
45 miles of carriage roads
16 stone bridges
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Where To Stay

When you visit Acadia National Park you have the option to stay at a private or public campground. It’s important to note that park campgrounds fill up quickly, especially during the warmer months. Also, many of the campgrounds are not open year round, running from about May through October. We recommend making your reservation in advance.

Public Campgrounds at Acadia National Park

Private Campgrounds at Acadia National Park

RV Rentals Near Acadia National Park

Nearby RV Rentals

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Hit the Trails

Hiking at Acadia National Park means tons of variety. Whether you prefer trails along the coastline, or want to stick to the forest — or a mix of both — there is a trail for you! So pack your camera, a picnic, and plenty of water and hit some of these scenic trails! 
Here we’ve chosen a few of our favorites. For all of the trails that Acadia has to offer, click here.

Trails Along the Coast

Gorham Mountain Loop

Distance: 3.5 miles round trip

Terrain: Panoramic views, Ocean Path is an easy walk, uneven granite on Gorham Mountain Trail, rocky, steep granite stairs and iron rungs on Cadillac Cliffs Trail

Trails Along the Lake and Forest

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What to Do

When you’ve exhausted yourself hiking the lush greenery, ocean-view paths, and rugged cliffs that make up the Acadia National park trails, you might be ready for a different kind of adventure. Whether that’s a delicious restaurant, some leisurely shopping, or taking in a museum, here are some of our top recommendations for activities around Acadia after a day of roughing it outdoors.

Restaurants

If you’re a seafood lover, then Maine is the state for you! The lobster doesn’t get any fresher, sometimes it’s caught right outside the restaurant! But there are also plenty of cultures, with French and Latin cuisine in abundance.

Burning Tree

Type: Seafood

Location: Between Bar Harbor and Otter

Havana

Type: Cuban

Location: Between Bar Harbor and Otter

Mache Bistro

Type: French

Location: Bar Harbor

Thurston's Lobster Pound

Type: Seafood

Location: Bernard

Cafe This Way

Type: Cafe

Location: Bar Harbor

Shopping

Wear a hole in your hiking boots? Time for a new tent? Just in the mood to peruse the racks? When you’re ready for a change of scenery, there are plenty of shops around Acadia National Park, from fun specialty stores to useful outdoor supplies.

Alone Moose Fine Crafts

Here you’ll find plenty of jewelry, pottery, photography and sculptures to commemorate your trip.

Location: Bar Harbor

Sherman’s Books and Stationery

If you’re like us, you’ll agree there’s nothing better than a quaint, small town bookstore. Sherman’s will not disappoint.

Location: Bar Harbor

Museums

If you run into a rainy day or just want to learn something new, there are plenty of museums nearby Acadia! Here are a few we recommend.

Abbe Museum, Downtown Bar Harbor and Sieur de Monts

The first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, the Abbe includes the history and cultures of the Native people in Maine, the Wabanaki. There are two locations, one in downtown Bar Harbor and one in Acadia National Park.

Location: Between Bar Harbor and Otter Creek

George B. Dorr Natural History Museum, College of the Atlantic

The Dorr Museum highlights coastal Maine wildlife with dioramas and a tide pool tank that hosts a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs, snails and other marine life. A perfect opportunity for kids and adults alike to touch and listen while learning about the natural history of Maine.

Mount Desert Oceanarium, Bar Harbor

If you prefer tours to wander around museums on your own, you’ll enjoy the hour-long Tour Program that includes presentations on lobster biology and lobster fishing. There’s also a Lobster Museum!

Sightseeing

While the park itself is likely to provide you with more than your fill of breathtaking sights, there is plenty of beauty to be seen nearby the park as well.

Bass Harbor Head Light

The only lighthouse on Mount Desert Island is not open to the public, however, visitors can get up close from a short path, or take a trail and stairway to view it from the shoreline.

Cadillac Mountain Sports

If you are in need of some new sporting goods, this is your store. They have equipment for climbing, hiking, boating, camping, and more. Plus rental options are available.

Location: Bar Harbor

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge consists of islands along the coast of Maine and protects nesting habitat for various seabirds, wading birds, and bald eagles.

Sand Beach

Sand made up of bits of shell, surrounded by shoreline and mountains.

Schoodic Peninsula

Discover the coast of Maine by foot, bike, or car. This is a much more secluded and less crowded section of the park if you are trying to avoid crowds.

Sherman’s Books and Stationery

If you’re like us, you’ll agree there’s nothing better than a quaint, small town bookstore. Sherman’s will not disappoint.

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How to Get There

By Car

I95 from Boston will bring you into Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, Route 3 will get you to Mount Desert Island. If instead, you are heading straight to the Schoodic Peninsula, once you get to Ellsworth, head north on U.S. Route 1 to Hwy 186. Turn right on Hwy 186 and drive 6.5 miles. Turn left at yield sign, continue .5 miles and turn right on Schoodic Loop Road.


By plane

Direct flights from Boston’s Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, which is only 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines fly into the Bangor International Airport, which is about one hour from the park. Both airports offer car rental options.

By RV

Renting an RV will not only allow you to travel in comfort and at your own pace, but you will be able to get a front-row seat and actually stay IN the park! Even if you don’t own an RV, RV rentals are available across the country. Whether you want to start at your location and drive the whole way, or fly in and pick up an RV closer to the park, there’s a perfect option available to you.

Just keep in mind, that while the park is RV friendly, there are restrictions. The National Park Service provides guidelines, here.

If you are planning to stay in your RV at the park, Schoodic Woods Campground is the only public campground that provides water and electric hookups. Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds do not have hookups but each has a dump station. Check out the private campgrounds mentioned previously for more options.

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Entering the Park

There is a fee to enter Acadia, as well as various passes available. Find more information about passes offered, such as the Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass, here. The private vehicle, motorcycle, and per person passes are all valid for 7 days and can be purchased online.

Private Vehicle : $30

Private, non-commercial vehicles (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Per Person : $15

One individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted for free.

Motorcycle : $25

One or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.

We are so excited for your trip to Acadia National Park! At RVshare, our passion is getting outdoors, spending time with loved ones, and seeing nature and all its beauty firsthand. RVing is an amazing way to have a truly unique and exceptional experience that gives you a front row seat to your destination. Whether you visit Acadia in an RV rental from us, or simply drive in and tent camp, we’d love to hear all about your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], tag us on social media, share amazing details, and anything else you want others to know about your experience for a chance to be featured on our blog or social media channels.