Acadia National Park Maine, USA is an American national park. It is the oldest park in the USA. The Canadian government designated two national parks in eastern Ontario earlier: Thousand Islands in 1904 and Point Pelee in 1918.
The Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine, southwest of Bar Harbor, east of the Mississippi River. Acadia National Park covers most of Mount Desert Island and its associated smaller islands along the coast of Maine. In 1916, this park was initially called Sieur de Monts National Monument by presidential proclamation. In 1919, this park was renamed and redesignated as Lafayette National Park. Later in 1929, this name was also changed and was renamed Acadia National Park.
The area was originally inhabited by the Wabanaki people.
Most Visited Park of USA
It is one of the most famous and visited parks of the USA. In 2017, more than 3.5 million people visited this park.
Acadia National Park has many stunning and best places to see. There are many towns and villages in the Acadia Region from Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island to Winter Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula.
You can go wherever you choose, the views are spectacular and nature abounds. That’s why this is one of the most visited parks in the United States and in all of North America.
This place is great for hiking, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, camping, and sightseeing. There is a free shuttle bus service run by the park organization.
Best Time to Visit
Acadia National Park is open all year long. But, you can’t find all the facilities and roads open and accessible all year long. The Park Visitor Center, museums, picnic areas, Seawall Campground, and many of the roads close during the winter. Main roads to reach there are closed from December, 1 to April, 14. Some sections do remain open as weather permits.
Two short sections of the Park Loop Road remain open all year. One is a scenic one-mile section along the ocean that goes by Sand Beach and Thunder Hole, accessed via Schooner Head Road, two miles south of downtown Bar Harbor. The other gives access to Jordan Pond via the Jordan Pond Road in Seal Harbor. There is an additional section of a public access road that comes off Route 3 on the south side of Bar Harbor called the Otter Cliff Road. This goes close to Park Loop Road and Otter Point.
Visitor Center GPS: Latitude 44.409286; Longitude -68.247501
Entrance Station GPS: Latitude 44.338797; Longitude -68.183168
Following are the charges for entrance into Acadia National Park for 7 days, including date of purchase.
Private Vehicle: $30 (private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all vehicle’s occupants.
Motorcycle: $25 (For one person on a private non-commercial motorcycle.)
Individual: $15(For one individual)
One Year Pass
It is only for a non-commercial vehicle (driver and occupants) for one year from the date of purchase.
Annual Pass: $55
Note: It is free for military persons and the person with disabilities.