Protecting the majority of Maine's Mount Desert Island and surrounding smaller islands, Acadia National Park is a northeast treasure. Hosting seven 1,000-plus foot peaks along the U.S. Atlantic coast, the park has roughly 160 hiking trails among its 49,052 acres. The crashing waves on the rocky coast attract visitors to the corner of the U.S. Designated first as a National Monument in 1916, it became a National Park three years later and renamed to its current title in 1929.
The 27-mile Park Loop Road gives access to many of the parks' highlights and begins at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. During the summer months, consider parking your car for the day and hopping on the Island Explorer to avoid finding parking. Learn more about getting around the park on the directions page. directions page
Choose to hike along coastal, lake and forest, summit, and peninsula trails throughout the park. Make sure to check road and trail closures, which include nesting peregrine falcons, construction, and weather.