Acadia Park Loop Road

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Acadia Park Loop Road is a 24.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

24.5 miles
2,047 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

road biking

scenic driving




Follow the official Park Loop Road in this extensive tour of all the interesting spots to stop at and explore in Acadia This 27 mile Park Loop Road will take you to some of the best highlights of the Acadia National Park. You will have multiple opportunities to stop and go on hikes up into the hills or along the rocky Atlantic shoreline. There are several beaches on this loop for you to relax at and other exciting attractions for the kids on the old roads of the park. Make sure you bring a camera and have a full day to experience this drive.

road biking
1 day ago

This is a road biker paradise.. Parked @Sand Beach lot... Began the 22 mile loop there @8am... It has it all, scenery, well paved roads, some challenging hills... About 17 miles of the loop is a 2 lane one way traffic so plenty of room to also have the option of adding Cadillac mountain summit (extra 5.5 miles), very challenging, all uphill and the downhill can be treacherous, too many tight turns and you'll be slamming on your brakes all the way down with a huge intersection at the bottom.... All said, at least the loop is a must.

1 day ago

very easy. great scenery.

1 month ago

We did not hike the entire 24.5 miles, but this is as majestic a place as any.

scenic driving
2 months ago

absolutely stunning drive. it feels as if you're transported to the west coast.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Excellent way to see a lot of Acadia if hiking isn't your thing or if you don't have time to do a ton of hikes. The roads are in good condition with lots of pull offs/signage for areas of interest/scenic areas. On tip: if you enter the park of SR 3 north of Bar Harbor you should do the loop clockwise. If you go counter clockwise you have to backtrack; as over 1/2 the loop is 1 way.

off road driving
Monday, February 20, 2017

Snowmobiled the park loop and went up Mt. Cadillac. Watched the sun go down over the West side. There are many ooos and ahhh around every corner but few words to capture the exquisite beauty and ruggedness of Acadia.
Acadia is a jewel!

scenic driving
Monday, October 03, 2016

Only had 1.5 days at the park. This was a great way to see many awesome views and parts of the park. If you don't have a ton of time, I'd recommend at least one hike in addition to this.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Very easy walking path. Nice stops along the way. Very crowded.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Been to most of the national parks in the USA. Not that impressed but if it makes you feel better I did buy a hat

Sunday, August 14, 2016

While Acadia park itself is beatiful, the loop trail is mostly just a 2 lane road with some viewpoints and trailheads. I made the mistake of walking most of it, which I do not recommend. Driving around the loop or cycling is the way to go and then branch off to explore the different trails that come off of the road.

scenic driving
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Take a half day for this. Have driven around this loop several times, as each time gives you something new; also depending on the time of day you'll find something new. It's basically one way in a clockwise direction... some highlights include the Precipice Trail - not for those scared of heights and exposure on cliffs - but for those who can do it, it is an accomplishment to get to the top. Next you come to the Sand Beach entrance station, and the Sand Beech / Beehive area. Lots to do and see here, so spend some time. You can walk across Sand Beach and up to Great Head, you can swim if you are ok with cold water, you can climb the Beehive from the front or back. Further down the road is Thunder Hole, you can explore the rocks on either side. Sometimes the Hole is quiet and others it really thunders. Next is the Gorham Mountain Trailhead - a really great short hike - don't miss it. Next are the Otter Cliffs - hike down and look over the edge, watch folks rappel down the cliffs. Great views out to sea from the stone walk area across from the parking area. Stop at the beautiful Little Hunters Beach to see the round rock tumbled by the sea into smooth stones. More hiking opportunities after that, and then join the two way road and go north to Jordan Pond. I recommend the hike to South Bubble as the view is great on top; however the trail will be crowded mid-day, so try early or late. Finally either start your day or finish your day at the top of Cadillac Mountain; the sun is awesome on both ends and it's a great place to reflect about either what you're going to do that day or what you've done. Maine is an awesome place and Acadia gives you a true taste. Enjoy!

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