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Acadia National Park Travel Tips

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Keep in Mind...

  • Be overly cautious Whether you're hiking the trails or kayaking along the shore, never venture out alone. Pack layers just in case you get stuck somewhere and always let someone know where you're going.
  • Watch out for moose Car accidents involving moose rarely end well, so drive defensively and keep an eye on the edge where the forest meets the road. Don't speed at night, especially from May to November when the moose are out and about.
  • Acadia loves its peregrine falcons Although the repopulation effort on the Jordan Cliffs ended in the late 1980s, certain portions of the park's trails shut down each spring to protect these birds' nesting season. 

Vacationing in Acadia National Park turns you into a pioneer: Each trail leads to rugged, untouched land just waiting to be captured by your camera lens. Cobalt waves crash on the jagged granite slabs topped with spruce trees that jut out from the shore. Harbor seals sun themselves on abandoned chunks of bedrock off the coast as peregrine falcons scream down at you from the skies. Rocky crag-filled trails and rustic carriage roads thread around the inland trees and ponds, begging you for exploring. Needless to say, the park is for your typical outdoor enthusiast, with a huge focus on adrenalin-pumping activities like horseback riding, biking, hiking—even rock climbing. 

For a very affordable fee, you're given free rein to explore Acadia's more than 47,000 acres, including all of its hiking trails and natural attractions. When you need a break from the great outdoors, the quaint New England town of Bar Harbor, Maine waits for you in the northeast corner of Mount Desert Island. 

How To Save Money in Acadia National Park

  • Rely on your own two feet Within Acadia National Park, you'll find 45 miles of carriage roads made for walking, leaving little reason to bring along your own set of wheels to get around. A weekly vehicle will cost you $20, while an individual pass will only cost you $5.
  • Hop on the Island Explorer This free summer shuttle bus service operates from June to early October and will take you to almost any hiking trail, carriage road, beach, and town upon request.
  • Skip a guided tour With two resourceful visitor centers open every day during late spring, summer, and fall, there's no need to book a tour if you're planning to visit during these sweet seasons. For more information, consult the NPS Visitor Centers' website.

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