You 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.
You 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 building.
The famous Carriage Roads may be accessed here. And, for those wishing to leave the driving to someone else, the Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus makes regular stops at the main parking lot. There are GPS coordinates listed below, and on many of the loaction pages within this website.
The 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 Park Headquarters on Highway 233 near Eagle Lake, just 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Bar Harbor. You may report lost and found information there and make emergency contacts. Detailed 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) 288-3338
The 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. (See Operating Hours & Seasons.)
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. This may be accessed via the Schooner Head Road which is two miles south of Bar Harbor off Route 3. 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: 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
Phone: (207) 288-3338
Hulls Cove Visitor Center: Open April 15 - October 31 • Closed: Nov 1 - April 14, hours vary
Visitor Center GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.409286; Longitude -68.247501
Sand Beach Entrance Station GPS: Latitude 44.338797; Longitude -68.183168
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