Acadia National Park is an Atlantic coast recreation area, primarily on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Its landscape is marked by woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the United States’ East Coast.
Acadia’s boundary is unlike any other National Park. It extends its reach over half of the Mount Desert Island of which it occupies. The reason for this is that it was created from donated parcels.
Staying in Acadia National Park
There are a few nearby towns to stay in when visiting Acadia National Park.
- Bar Harbor, ME (2 miles away)
- Trenton, ME (7 miles)
- Ellsworth, ME (15 miles)
- Lamoine, ME (15 miles)
- Surry, ME (22 miles)
VISIT Acadia National Park:
Acadia National Park was established on July 8, 1916, and has a total area of 49,057 acres (77 square miles, or 199 square kilometers).
|Address||25 Visitor Center Road, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609|
|Hours||Year round, 24 hours a day|
|Entrance Fee||$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Acadia National Park is the 18th most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Acadia National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Acadia National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Acadia National Park are May, September, June & July.
Acadia National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Acadia National Park is visited.
|Trip Name||Trip Miles||Trip Days|
|Acadia, Kennebunkport to Boston||339||7|
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Acadia National Park.
|Saint Croix Island International Historic Site||76 mi|
|Appalachian National Scenic Trail||113 mi|
|Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument||114 mi|
|Kejimkujik National Park||149 mi|
|Fundy National Park||181 mi|
|Salem Maritime National Historic Site||184 mi|
|Cape Cod National Seashore||188 mi|
|Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site||191 mi|
|Lowell National Historical Park||194 mi|
|Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area||196 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Acadia National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Blackwoods - Acadia National Park||Bar Harbor, ME more||3 miles|
|Lamoine State Park||Trenton, ME more||8 miles|
|Seawall - Acadia National Park||Southwest Harb, ME more||9 miles|
|McClellan City Park||Columbia Falls, ME more||20 miles|
|Great Pond Military||Great Pond, ME more||42 miles|
|Camden Hills State Park||Camden, ME more||42 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Acadia National Park:
|Bigrock Mountain||Cherryfield, ME||1,641 ft||40%||22 mi|
|Saddleback||Rangely, ME||4,120 ft||53%||23 mi|
|Camden Snow Bowl||Camden, ME||1,093 ft||39%||47 mi|
|New Hermon||Herman, ME||450 ft||32%||65 mi|
|Titcomb Mountain||Farmington, ME||750 ft||34%||98 mi|
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Acadia National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Acadia National Park.
|Portland International Jetport||PWM||Portland, ME||115 mi|
|Logan International Airport||BOS||Boston, MA||196 mi|
|Quebec Jean Lesage International Airport||YQB||Quebec, QC||228 mi|
|Halifax / Stanfield International Airport||YHZ||Halifax, NS||234 mi|
|Theodore Francis Green State Airport||PVD||Providence, RI||243 mi|
|Montreal / Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport||YUL||Montréal, QC||281 mi|
|Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport||YOW||Ottawa, ON||371 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Acadia National Park.
|Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport||BHB||Bar Harbor, ME||10 mi|
|Bangor International Airport||BGR||Bangor, ME||44 mi|
|Augusta State Airport||AUG||Augusta, ME||78 mi|
|Saint John Airport||YSJ||Saint John, NB||132 mi|
|Fredericton Airport||YFC||Fredericton, NB||133 mi|
|Portsmouth International at Pease Airport||PSM||Portsmouth, NH||157 mi|
|Presque Isle International Airport||PQI||Presque Isle, ME||162 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.