Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park, located on the coast of Maine, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and rich history. With its breathtaking landscapes ranging from mountains to ocean shores, it’s a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Maine
Area: 49,075 acres (198.6 sq km) – 49th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Cadillac Mountain – 1,530 ft (466 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: February 26, 1919
Annual Visitors: 3,970,260 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Bar Harbor, Maine

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. The Beehive Loop Trail (1.5 mi loop)
  2. Jordan Pond Path (3.1 mi loop)
  3. Gorham Mountain Loop (3.0 mi loop)
  4. Cadillac North Ridge Trail (4.2 mi out & back)
  5. Ocean Path Trail (4.5 mi out & back)

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Acadia National Park

Acadia is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Acadia National Park.

  1. Scenic drives along Park Loop Road
  2. Wildlife watching (deer, foxes, various bird species)
  3. Cycling on Carriage Roads
  4. Climbing and bouldering
  5. Paddling in ponds and lakes

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Acadia National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Acadia National Park.

  1. Hampton Inn Bar Harbor – 1.0 mi from park
  2. Hampton Inn Ellsworth/Bar Harbor – 14.5 mi from park
  3. Home2 Suites by Hilton Bangor – 43.4 mi from park
  4. Hilton Garden Inn Bangor – 49.2 mi from park
  5. Hampton Inn Bangor – 49.3 mi from park

🍔 What to Eat Near Acadia National Park

After hiking and exploring Acadia National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

  1. Jordan Pond House Restaurant (American) – Inside the park
  2. Mount Desert Ice Cream (Ice cream) – 0.5 mi from park
  3. Side Street Café (Café) – 0.3 mi from park
  4. Geddy’s (Seafood) – 0.4 mi from park
  5. Rosalie’s Pizza (Pizza) – 0.5 mi from park