Best national parks in Maine

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Explore the most popular national parks in Maine with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Acadia National Park
Maine
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Acadia National Park attracts more than two million visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Hiking and mountain biking are among the most popular activities in Acadia National Park. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats and 158 miles of hiking trails. Acadia National Park is open 24 hours per day, but the Visitor's Center has more limited hours. It is open from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, except for July and August when it is open 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. This Visitor's Center is closed November 1 through April 30 every year. Entrance Passes: Acadia Annual Pass - $55.00 Valid for 12 months from purchase date. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.Acadia Entrance Fee - Private Vehicle - $30.00 Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. Valid for 7 days. If a vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary. Acadia Entrance Fee - Motorcycle - $25.00 Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle. Valid for 7 days. Acadia Entrance Fee - Per Person - $15.00 Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Valid for 7 days. Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center (with Eastern National Bookstore), Cadillac Summit Center, Park Headquarters, Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Abbe Museum (Downtown Bar Harbor), Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Mount Desert Oceanarium, Old School House Museum, and Wendell Gilley Museum are all wheelchair and stroller accessible with accessible parking and bathrooms (except no parking or restroom at Wendell Gilley). Loaner assistive listening devices are available with advanced notice. ASL interpreters are available for Ranger-led programs with advanced notice of at least three weeks – send an email through the park website for more information. An introductory pamphlet is available in Braille format for download or at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. A 56-mile audio tour CD is also available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center. All shuttle buses in the park are wheelchair accessible, free, and run from June to early October from neighboring towns to the Park. The following picnic areas have wheelchair accessible tables: Bear Brook, Fabbri, Frazer Point, Pretty Marsh, Seawall, and Thompson Island. Echo Lake and Sand Beach have accessible parking spaces, restrooms, and changing rooms. There is an accessible path to the water at Echo Lake. The Blackwoods Campground has 12 accessible drive-in camping sites. The Seawall Campground has multiple options for accessible sites - three RV, five drive-in, five walk-in, and one group site. Service animals must be on-leash at all times in the Park. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/accessibility.htmShow more