Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
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  • bakerm2290
    Raleigh, North Carolina319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views are spectacular!
    We drove the entire loop and saw gorgeous views at every turn. Cadillac Mtn was spectacular! The Sand Beach was our favorite and we spent the most of our visit just sitting and enjoying the historic view. Highly recommend!
    Visited November 2022
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York803 contributions
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    Beautiful National Park!
    Acadia is truly Gorgeous. I went in August 2020 and there is so much to do! So much to see! I recommend staying in Bar Harbor. Make sure to see Sand Beach, drive up to Cadillac Mountains, and go to Jordan Pond. I highly recommend this park!
    Visited August 2022
    Written March 17, 2023
  • napagirl2
    New York City, New York370 contributions
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    Beautiful place
    Had a great time at Acadia. Was lucky enough to visit before the crowds appeared. You can get your park pass online before you visit or stop at the visitor center at the entrance to the park. The visitor center is a nice place. If you need info about the park or the trails, this is a good place to stop. You will need reservations to visit cadillac mountain after a certain date in May so check the website and get that before you visit. Driving on the park loop road is very relaxing. The views are amazing. Of course Cadillac mountain is the highlight and does not disappoint. Bring along extra clothing as it is windy up there and can get chilly. Many visitors came to Maine in May without jackets and they were all complaining about the weather. People, this is not Florida! You have to be prepared for all 4 seasons in one day in Maine. Sand Beach is gorgeous but I can't even imagine how packed the parking lot gets for this place in the summer. We had a nice lunch at Jordan Pond Restaurant and I would recommend it if you can get a reservation. The park is pristine and the bathrooms are clean.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 23, 2023
  • BoJuli
    Bentonville, Arkansas119 contributions
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    Beautiful national park
    We especially loved exploring the carriage roads and trying to find all the stone bridges. Schoodic Peninsula was one of our favorite parts too. Our favorite areas were away from the crowds and a little more remote. Be sure and check out Ravens crest point on Schoodic Peninsula. So beautiful!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Polka-Dot-Umbrella
    Cincinnati, Ohio210 contributions
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    ACADIA - THE REASON for driving to Maine
    Acadia National Park is THE REASON for driving to far north Maine. Our hotel was 2 hours south of the park. We watched the weather report and went the first non rainy day. Fortunately we ate an early lunch on the way there as the only food is outside the park in Bar Harbor or at the end of the loop road. Due to paving, this year you need to down load the National Park app and make a reservation to drive to Cadillac Mountain. Reservations open at 10 am two days ahead. We had no problem getting a time one day ahead. The main entrance is at Hulls Cove. The visitor center is up 52 stairs. There is a machine in the parking lot where you can purchase the park pass if you can't do stairs. I assume it works for the senior pass. We used the park for 4th grader pass. We arrive early at Cadillac Mountain - did not have to wait for assigned time. Lovely views at top. Afterwards we did the loop road. As it was the Sunday and 80 degrees, the only place where we could not park was at the beach. Loop road had a detour due to paving.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • rprager2014
    Sarasota, Florida82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gem that is Acadia
    I should probably tell you how terrible rotten and disgusting Acadia is, but you would realize I was just trying to have it all to myself (and a few friends). I stayed for two weeks in Bar Harbor just off the main drag. It was so convenient to stores, groceries, retaurants and the Free bus, that takes you all around Mount Desert Island. The first few hikes were early in the morning and in the rain. I loved it. Easy parking at the trailheads and wildlife were not scared off. If you like cool fresh air in the summer, beautiful ocean/mountain view’s, many things to do( hiking, biking, whale watching, kayaking, paddle boarding, eating and people watching. It is a great place. It has become very very popular and a bit more expensive than pre-covid, but a good value if you appreciate the great outdoors.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Jill B
    Box Elder, South Dakota199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    It’s a spread out park made of donated areas to the park.. overtime. So its spread out & can be a confusing at 1st. Go to 1 of 2 visitor centers get info from them for what your needs are. We have a large truck, we took advantage of the free bus system. 1st did a free trip around the whole park, ⚠️ gotta plan it out, hopping busses can be required & watch out for last trip times. they end round 4-5pm. After, we went to favorite spots & trails for the rest of our time there. We were lucky and scored a camp site nearby. Gotta plan that a head too! It’ll be worth all the planning… you’ll benefit best by having a few days to a week if possible. ❤️
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Nan L
    Weaverville, North Carolina11 contributions
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    Wild garden is pretty tame
    We took the bus from village green to get to the Wild Gardens, turned out to be a very nicely curated series of native plants grouped by habitat - marsh, roadside, meadow, etc. Walked on the boardwalk for awhile, but too much like trails in Florida so we didn't complete it. Woman at th front desk was very nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Mark G
    Franklin, Massachusetts6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Acadia NP by land and sea
    The most amazing place. We did a 3 hour kayak excursion on the quiet west side of Mount Desert Island. Spent time at Sandy Beach and completed the Ocean Path trail to Seal Point. Then turned inward and completed Gorham Mt trail back to the beach parking lot. Rented ebikes and covered 30 miles in half a day. The Carriage roads are the best way to get inside the park and enjoy nature. Just Go!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • RollTideRollAZ
    Peoria, Arizona587 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Gorgeous!
    Absolutely beautiful. Scenic 27 miles drive on one side of the overall park, multiple trails and beautiful vistas. Make sure to make a reservation to drive up Cadillac mountain during the summertime. Simply beautiful site with multiple options. Shuttle buses can drop you off places, if you don't want to fight parking slots. Bar Harbour closeby for multiple shops and boutiques.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
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Sharon B
Enfield, NH174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Acadia National Park (including Schoodic Point & Isle au Haut ) has many beautiful popular & lesser known places to enjoy stunning ocean views and natural beauty, I find new places to explore, as well as old favorites, each of the 20 years I have visited.

I've noticed a significantly increased popularity of use spring, summer & fall at the Mount Desert section of Acadia, Best bet for avoiding significant crowds while hiking trails, biking carriage trails within the park, or to avoid crowds along beautiful ocean drive is to arrive VERY early if you need a parking spot or to get out for any of these activities.

Also, for 2021 you must reserve a time online if you want to drive up Cadillac Mountain at any time of day. Wonderful place to watch either sunrise or sunset from or to walk around and enjoyy fabulous distant ocean and island views in all directions. The $6.00 online reservation & use charge per car, is in addition to the daily, or weekly park pass that you purchase to drive on the park loop road.

Sand Beach parking lot continues to be popular for beach & hiking trail access to the Beehive and Great Head. Best to get to these areas VERY early in am to park in lot, otherwise park along road and plan for a long walk.

Parking is also hard to find at Jordan Pond House for delicious popovers and other interesting food at the restaurant inside or at covered picnic tables on the lawn with a great view of Jordan Pond. The restaurant does not take advance reservations. Just tell them when you arrive and you will be given a pager when your table is ready (45 min-1 hr. wait). Pass the time in the gift shop, or walk the boardwalk trail along one side of Jordan Pond for more views.

Lastly, note Carriage trails around Eagle Lake are closed until Sept. 2021 due to construction.
Written June 8, 2021
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Tide Pooling was great - 1.5 Hours Before til 1.5 Hours After Low Tide. During covid, give yourself an extra hour to get a park pass at the office, there was a single file outside with only one register issuing passes indoors. And, a separate line for information too, so you'll be in line twice. Or you can get your pass online.

There are a couple of places to do tidal pooling, one is at Bar Harbor in the town and there is national park permit parking just as you enter town, but otherwise it is all metered. The other place to see tidal pools was a 30-40 minute drive from the park HQ, so if you want to go there, then you'll really have to go early to get your pass and drive across the park.

We were able to see while flipping rocks... small and large crabs, starfish stuck to the bottom of rocks, a sea urchin, tiny shrimp, mussels, and a lot of live sand dollars. The tide goes out and comes in quick so you only have 1.5 hours before and after the low tide, and don't get trapped out on the island if you walk to it.

We then drove the rest of the park for some really great views of the landscape, sat on the beach for a while, and enjoyed the fresh air. The park was busy throughout, even with covid, but still very beautiful. Lots of hiking trails for those who love to trek. Take a day minimum on your trip to visit this wonderful park.
Written September 15, 2020
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Bobby Z.
Chesapeake, VA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a beautiful national park that has ocean views, mountains, lakes, trails, and plenty of activities. Acadia National Park is one of the most visited of the national parks with 3.5 million visitors annually. The trails range from easy to difficult and some feature "bouldering" and some have ladders for steep climbs. The Jordon Pond House features pop overs that are light and flavorful served with butter and strawberry jam. The park in the fall is bursting with color. If you choose to be a leaf peeper, plan to visit before mid-October. Since the park is so popular you will need to make reservations in advance for park access overall, Sand Beach access, and Cadillac Mountain access. Sand Beach and Cadillac Mountain entrance times are scheduled and you can enter those areas within 30 minutes before or after of the scheduled time. Access recreation.gov to make reservations.
Written October 18, 2020
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Brian M
Hartford, CT563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
...and this park lives up to its moniker.
This is iconic scenery in every way: from the cotton candy clouds to the towering pines to the crashing surf. Your senses are engaged at every level.
It's no wonder why the Hulls Cove Visitor Center has a line out the door and down the walkway. If you're unfamiliar with the park, I would certainly recommend that you get a heads-up from the park rangers. They're going to mention the must-sees, of course: Cadillac Mountain, Bass Harbor Head Light Station, Jordan Pond, and a dizzying array of other sights.
If you're only there for a day (who would volunteer for that?), Cadillac Mountain is going to command your attention. Jordan Pond is a jewel of the park, as well.
The hiking options are innumerable and the trails are well-maintained. I also observed a fair amount of restroom accommodations...so you're experience doesn't have to be that "wild".
Enjoy!
Written October 30, 2020
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sadiedust
Toms River, NJ111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The trails in Acadia National Park were clean, well marked, and the views stunning. I visited the last day in June and the first week in July. I would recommend going early or visiting and hiking in the evening to avoid crowds. There were very few people out and about at those times. You could hear the silence of nature and feel the energy of the various ecosystems in the park then. Loved the diversity! There was a heat wave with temps in the high 90s but there were many shaded areas or the beach areas (one crowded area mid day) to take refuge in. The rangers and volunteers there were helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this park!
Written August 3, 2021
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LoveToTravelGal
Ventnor City, NJ731 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We could not secure an overnight reservation in Bar Harbor that was at least somewhat in our price range so we wound up driving an hour and a half to see Acadia.
I do agree that this park is not as spectacular as the parks out west but it is still very beautiful.
What I was not expecting were the crowds. We went on a weekday not the weekend.
Since we had a reservation for Cadillac Mt (thank goodness) we asked a ranger for a suggestion of what to do before our reservation time and she suggested a drive out to Jordan Pond. Well we drove around and around numerous times to find a parking spot to no avail. We wound up not being able to get of our car to enjoy any of the sights. It was so frustrating.
I am so glad that we were able to go to the top of Cadillac,gorgeous views.But even that parking lot was full and we had to wait till someone left.
We were so frustrated with the crowds that we did not bother to do anything else in the park and left. We then drove to Bar Harbor to have lunch and that was as packed as the park.We drove in and out of town on numerous roads and could not secure a parking spot ! We drove all the way back to Camden where we were staying feeling very deflated by this one day on our coastal New England vacation. I do understand that this has a lot to do with the current situation as far as travel and Covid.But I was not expecting this.
Written October 23, 2021
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Blovesfood
Bensalem, PA460 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We started the day with a drive up through the Park Loop. We ended up spending the day in the park, you can very easily get carried away with a short wander into a beautiful area. Don't see a time limit on yourself for being in the park. We stopped at Jordan Pond and walked on the rocks and then found ourselves back in the car and on our way up Blue Hill and finally Cadillac Mountain summit. All have beautiful views and it's uplifting and inspirational just to be in that park.

Be sure to have a cover for your ears or ear plugs and ladies should put their hair up. The wind as you get higher gets both cooler and more forceful. I do not recommend anyone wear a hat that could fly off during a big gust. Definitely wear your walking shoes, sun screen, and bug repellant.
Written August 3, 2020
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S C
Waterville, ME181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
I had not been to Acadia in over forty years, but still remembered the sounds at Thunderhole! Knowing that there wouldn’t be as many visitors as last summer, we decided to go. We arrived before the store at the Hull entrance opened. Therefore we could not get a map for the trails, and we were looking for how difficult they were, which was not available on the website as far as I could tell. Cell service was not very good so the all trails app was unavailable, darn. We drove along the Park Loop Road and stopped at the various outlooks. It was beautiful and most of the park visitors we wearing masks and social distancing. We parked at Sand Beach and after checking out the beach walked the ocean path trail. There were lots of places to go out onto the rocks for fabulous ocean views. As we got into the afternoon, more visitors arrived and now only about half were wearing masks. We stopped at Thunderhole, which was not too crowded, but oh my gosh, most people walking down the steps for the view were touching and leaning on the railing. We sat on the rocks for an hour or so and watched streams of visitors there. I will not go again until the Covid scare is over.
Written July 25, 2020
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RHtravels
Rocky Hill, CT685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We enjoyed our time here and there was something for everyone in our family from easy walks to Otter cove to more difficult trails, like Precipice and Beehive. Be sure to catch a few sunrises from Cadillac mountain- arrive at least 45 minutes before sunrise in order to secure parking and a place to view. We saw dolphins from the Schooner Head overlook, so pack some binoculars. The Ocean Path walk was the most beautiful to me because of the water. The 27 mile park loop drive is a nice way to get your bearings on Day 1 and then plan your adventures, or if you don't want to hike you can just drive and park along the way to catch many of the main sights. There are plenty of areas to pull over and catch the views and several parking areas that fill up quickly. The Jordan Pond House is a nice place to take a break. Enjoy!
Written September 28, 2020
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Hgtravl
Marlton, NJ1,679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited Acadia mid November to find the island empty, silent and missed the foliage.

I assume the leaves change early Oct. it was still a beautiful trip. I would argue this was the best time to visit- besides us driving around, maybe 4 cars passed the entire day?

We could stop at each “parking lot” area with no issue. Oh and the entrance fee area was closed.

If you want to avoid the packed crowds, late fall is for you.
Written June 28, 2020
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