Acadia Park Loop Road is a 24.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bar Harbor, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length24.5 miElevation gain2,047 ftRoute typeLoop
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Acadia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check with the park's website for current rate information. 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.

Abbe Museum Info http://www.abbemuseum.org/pages/visiting/visit.html Map and Info on all the points along the loop road http://www.acadiamagic.com/Park.html Wildwood Stables Info http://www.carriagesofacadia.com/tours.html Jordan Pond House Info http://www.thejordanpondhouse.com/

Follow Route 1 up the coast of Maine following many signs for Acadia National Park. When you cross over the bridge to Mt. Desert Island (the name of the island the park is on) stay east on Route 3 towards Hulls Cove where you won't miss the entrance to the visitor center. Stop here to get some pamphlets on the park and then start your drive. There is a $20 fee I believe to enter the park and this Loop Road is closed in the winter.

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Dan L
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Bike touringGreat!

Was able to bike almost the whole loop without cars because the road was still closed. Had to kick deer out of the way early before the other bikers came out. The road is closed from December to April and it is a very different experience without the cars.

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Maggie Gaca
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Scenic drivingGreat!
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Eric Sepanski
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Road bikingGreat!
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Gabby Arrow
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Devon Sonnessa
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Scenic drivingGreat!

I’m not sure why this trail plan is not more popular because it was perfect. Everything is marked on the map on here for you! Our favorite parts were the Bubbles pond & Little hunters beach (this was great to watch the sunset). Just make sure you turn left at the #2 marked on the map in the beginning!!! Otherwise you will have to turn around in the middle of your drive because the road turns into a one way. NOTE: The Park has changed their rules & you now need a reservation to go to sand beach between 7am-5pm or to go to Cadillac mountain at all. Plan this in advance, it’s hard to get a reservation especially to watch the sunrise.

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David Platt
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HikingGreat!

The drive this time of year has 2 selling points: fall foliage and rocky beaches. For the foliage, it looks just like every state park in the Northeast. Nothing special here. For the rocky beaches, if Road to Hana in Maui is the gold standard for 5/5 for scenery and geological features, this doesn't even come close. Even in-state, the area around Portland offered more dramatic and compelling views along the coast, IMHO. Make sure to take the detour to Cadillac Mountain, which did offer something a little fun and different!

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Alexis Hall
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Very pretty drive. Keep your eyes open for the option to dip out of the loop with the two way route. I was driving at nightfall and missed it.

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Jonathan Woo
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Scenic driving

Good drive after you’re tired from hiking all day.

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Stephen Saenz
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Beautiful drive! A lot of one ways so you really have to commit and the route can be long to get back to a trail head to a scenic spot.

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Pete Merrow
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Road biking
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Akash Chawla
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sxmsxygal User
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Mountain bikingFee

Absolutely breathtaking! I will never forget this experience in Acadia.

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Polly Rand
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Road biking

Park Loop road was closed due to COVID-19. There were a few Park employees clearing and picking up. Perhaps 10-12 bikers were out and a few walkers. Thankfully the sun was not out-it was overcast, or it would have been hot! Lovely ride with an expert giving guidance. It’s nice to know important people.

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James Flannery
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Scenic driving

Great place to roll the windows down and just take in the beauty that is Acadia National Park. Plenty of places to pull over and take in the views as well.

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Douglas Sears
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Road biking

couldn't ask for a more beautiful place for a bike ride

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Jasmine Pratt
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Hiking

Beautiful! Crowded in the summer but late fall is perfect!

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Joyce Gildart-Currier
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Hiking

There are many trails and paths along Park Loop, as well as Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, that you can either walk, hike, bike, or drive along. During winter months, most of the roads are closed, but there are a few areas that can be found to gain access to Sand Beach, etc.

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Paul Veilleux
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Acadia's Park Loop Road is the perfect introduction to this 47,000 acre park. Much of it is one-way traffic.

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Esteban Carcaño
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Road biking

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 bike...you 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.

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Bob Taylor
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very easy. great scenery.

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

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Mike Sheehan
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Scenic driving

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

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Lisa D.
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Scenic driving

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.

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james elliott
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OHV/Off-road driving

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!

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Susan Mittenzwei
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Scenic driving

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.

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

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Ryan Radenbaugh
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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

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Vadim Knobel
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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.

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Bill Watson
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Scenic driving
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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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Ashley Maron
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