may want to begin your exploration of Acadia
National Park here at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center just
off Route 3 in Bar Harbor. The entrance is a short distance on the right after the Hulls
Cove inlet. There are ample publications, activity schedules, and
a film for reference and purchase. Every half hour, a free 15 minute
audiovisual program is shown and is available in English, French, German,
audio description and captioned. There are self-guiding CD tours for
rent or purchase if desired. If you do not have a CD player one may
be rented as well. There are also ranger-led activities available.
If interested, ask for a schedule of talks, walks, hikes, boat cruises,
children's activities, and evening programs. Since this location is
run by the National Park Service, profits from items purchased here
help support the operations of the Park.
can not see the Visitor Center from the parking area entrance shown
in the photo above. It is actually located 52 steps up the hill. For
people with special access needs, there is an entrance available through
a back entrance. Instead of turning into the parking area, go up the
hill a short distance and find special parking next to the rear of
The famous Carriage Roads may be
accessed here. And, for those wishing to leave the driving to someone
else, the Island
Explorer Shuttle Bus makes regular stops at the main parking lot.
Hulls Cove Visitor Center in Bar Harbor, Maine is open seasonally at different hours. It
is closed November 1 through April 14. For information during the winter
months, visit the Acadia National Park
Headquarters on Highway 233 near Eagle
Lake, just 3 miles west of Bar
Harbor. You may report lost and found information there and make
emergency contacts. Detailed Acadia
National Park information, free literature and sales items
are also available there. The National Park Headquarters facility is
open year round from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday except
on Federal holidays, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25 and January
1. It is also closed on weekends from mid-April through October. Phone: (207)
Acadia National Park remains
open all year but some roads and facilities are closed in the winter.
Most of the Park Loop Road, including
the road to Cadillac Mountain,
is closed from December 1 through April 14. Unpaved roads in the park
are generally closed November 15 through May 14. Weather conditions
may require that roads be closed earlier in the fall or delay their
opening in the spring.
Two short sections of the Park Loop Road remain open all year. One
is a scenic one-mile section along the ocean by Thunder Hole, accessed via Schooner
Head Road, two miles south of Bar Harbor. The other gives access to Jordan
Pond via the Jordan Pond Road in Seal
Harbor. For additional information, contact the National Park Service directly or visit their Temporary Closures page for recent postings.
Weddings in Acadia National Park: Visit the weddings section for information about having a wedding ceremony within Acadia National Park or elsewhere on MDI or nearby villages and towns.
National Park Service
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Hulls Cove Visitor Center: Open April 15 - October 31 • Closed: Nov 1 - April 14, hours vary
Acadia Operating Hours & Seasons
Visitor Center GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.409286; Longitude -68.247501
Sand Beach Entrance Station GPS: Latitude 44.338797; Longitude -68.183168