Acadia

The Park Loop Road

  • Length: 27 miles
    Maximum speed limit: 35 mph
    One-way, two-lane road

    Parking: areas along the roadway and parking is allowed in the right-hand lane along most of the loop.
    Open 24 hours a day from April 15–November 30

    Acadia National Park takes up about 35,000 acres on Mount Desert Island. If you don’t have a lot of time to see the sights, the Park Loop Road is your best bet.
    Sites along the Park Loop Road include:

    The Precipice—A 1,000-foot climb up exposed vertical cliffs on the ocean side of Champlain Mountain. The most challenging climb in the park—requiring the use of short bridges and iron ladder rails. Shouldn’t be attempted in inclement weather.

    The Beehive—A large chunk of pink granite which sits across the road fom the Sand Beach parking. lot. At 520 feet, it isn’t the highest or longest climb in the park, but it’s probably one of the more dangerous climbs in the park.

    Sand Beach and Great Head—Across the road from the Beehive. It is great for exploring, but the water rarely gets above 58 degrees. The Great Head Trail is at the end of the beach and loops around the outer peninsula with extrordinary views of the ocean, Sand Beach, the Beehive, and beyond.

    Thunder Hole—At the right time of day, with the right wave action and wind, the water rushes in , air and watery spray are violently released, making a loud clap. A short walk south is Monument Beach. The water has carved out stone pinnacles on either side of the cove.

    Otter Cliff—At 110 feet high, Otter Cliff is the highest coastal headland in North America. It is less than a mile from Thunder Hole and a favorite of rock climbers.
    Little Hunters Beach—Past Otter Cliff, around Otter Cove, and beyond the Blackwoods Campground area is a small bridge over a runoff stream. Park at the bridge and head down the stairway on the ocean side of the road. The beach is made up of milions of small cobbles of different shapes and colors.

    Wildwood Stables—Is located half way between Little Hunters Beach and Jordan Pond , it offers a variety of
    carriage rides and tours.

    The Jordan Pond House—Located at the southern end of Jordan Pond, it is a full-service restaurant serving
    lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. It is the only restaurant of its kind in the park and is open from mid-May to
    late October. There are pathways through the woods and trails along the pond’s edge.

    Cadillac Mountain Road—The road to the summit of Cadillace is not part of the Park Loop road. With a summit
    of 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the highest mountain in the park and on the eastern seaboard. The road snakes
    up the mountain in a series of traverses and hairpins until it reaches the parking lot at the summit. On a clear
    day the view from the top is unobstructed and awe inspiring.
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Length: 27 miles
Maximum speed limit: 35 mph
One-way, two-lane road

Parking: areas along the roadway and parking is allowed in the right-hand lane along most of the loop.
Open 24 hours a day from April 15–November 30

Acadia National Park takes up about 35,000 acres on Mount Desert Island. If you don’t have a lot of time to see the sights, the Park Loop Road is your best bet.
Sites along the Park Loop Road include:

The Precipice—A 1,000-foot climb up exposed vertical cliffs on the ocean side of Champlain Mountain. The most challenging climb in the park—requiring the use of short bridges and iron ladder rails. Shouldn’t be attempted in inclement weather.

The Beehive—A large chunk of pink granite which sits across the road fom the Sand Beach parking. lot. At 520 feet, it isn’t the highest or longest climb in the park, but it’s probably one of the more dangerous climbs in the park.

Sand Beach and Great Head—Across the road from the Beehive. It is great for exploring, but the water rarely gets above 58 degrees. The Great Head Trail is at the end of the beach and loops around the outer peninsula with extrordinary views of the ocean, Sand Beach, the Beehive, and beyond.

Thunder Hole—At the right time of day, with the right wave action and wind, the water rushes in , air and watery spray are violently released, making a loud clap. A short walk south is Monument Beach. The water has carved out stone pinnacles on either side of the cove.

Otter Cliff—At 110 feet high, Otter Cliff is the highest coastal headland in North America. It is less than a mile from Thunder Hole and a favorite of rock climbers.
Little Hunters Beach—Past Otter Cliff, around Otter Cove, and beyond the Blackwoods Campground area is a small bridge over a runoff stream. Park at the bridge and head down the stairway on the ocean side of the road. The beach is made up of milions of small cobbles of different shapes and colors.

Wildwood Stables—Is located half way between Little Hunters Beach and Jordan Pond , it offers a variety of
carriage rides and tours.

The Jordan Pond House—Located at the southern end of Jordan Pond, it is a full-service restaurant serving
lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea. It is the only restaurant of its kind in the park and is open from mid-May to
late October. There are pathways through the woods and trails along the pond’s edge.

Cadillac Mountain Road—The road to the summit of Cadillace is not part of the Park Loop road. With a summit
of 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the highest mountain in the park and on the eastern seaboard. The road snakes
up the mountain in a series of traverses and hairpins until it reaches the parking lot at the summit. On a clear
day the view from the top is unobstructed and awe inspiring.


 

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Ultimate Acadia is the essential guide to Maine's Mount Desert Island, providing everything you need to know to make the most of your time there.

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Best of Bar Harbor

On the doorstep of Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor offers everything from magnificent vistas to a downtown that bustles in summertime and is serenely quiet in winter.

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The Park Loop Road

Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park offer a remarkable diversity of natural and human history.

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