Jordan Pond House, the only full service restaurant within Acadia National Park, is located in a spectacular park setting overlooking the magnificent Jordan Pond with the North and South Bubbles in the distance. It is a modern full service restaurant offering lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. Weather permitting, you may continue the late 1800's tradition of having afternoon tea & popovers on the lawn while savoring the breathtaking view. Estimates are that approximately 60% of all park visitors will make a stop here.
Dining reservations are recommended by calling (207) 276-3316. The facility is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., late May through late October. Also, at the same location is a two story gift shop offering a wide selection of park related items and memorabilia as well as some boots, clothing, refreshments, etc. There is a second floor exit that provides access to an observation deck that overlooks the lawn seating area as well as the waterfront with mountains in the distance. The observation deck may also be accessed via an outside stairway in front and in back of the building. Give it a try for some nice photographic opportunities or relax on the chairs provided. Both businesses are operated by private concessionaires on national park land. This location also has public rest rooms, accessed from the back of the gift shop area. (View panoramic photo of Jordan Pond.)
The pond is a glacier formed tarn with a maximum water depth of 150 feet (46 m). There are steep inclines on the left and right side (West and East). The water is exceptionally clear with an average visibility depth of 46 feet (14 m) but this has been measured as high as 60 feet (18 m), the most ever recorded in the State of Maine. Swimming is not allowed. However, non motor boats such as canoes and kayaks are permitted. The launch site for this is via the Jordan Pond North parking lot, a short distance from the restaurant. Carriage Roads are adjacent to the restaurant and pond area. Auto access to the restaurant is provided via the Park Loop Road. The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus has a drop-off and pickup point here.
A path leads down to the water from the restaurant and joins with a hiking trail that goes to the left and to the right. Going right will take you to the North parking lot and further around the East side of Jordan Pond. If you go left at the bottom of the hill, you have an option to walk on the Carriage Road or walk on the walking trail close to the western edge of the shore. The National Park Service has done a great job recently constructing a boardwalk along this trail in sections. For people wanting to hike the Shore Trail, you may want to park in the North parking lot. No swimming is allowed nor are pets allowed in the water as this is the water supply for Seal Harbor.
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