Park Loop Road

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Key Info

Park Loop Road

Price & Hours

$25 per car; $12 per pedestrian to enter park
24/7 daily; some portions closed in winter

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.6

scorecard

  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Park visitors agree: riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quick tour of Acadia (and makes a strong case for renting a car). Popular sights and trails like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff can all be reached from here. Just start your trek at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center, then snake your way around the east side of Mount Desert Island.
Public restrooms are also scattered along the loop, but with the lack of concession stands and eateries, it's probably wise to pack your own lunch. Also keep in mind that for a majority of the 27 miles, the loop's traffic goes one way, with a second lane provided for visitors to park and take in the view near Wildwood Stables. Recent travelers also recommended starting your drive early in the morning, as the road tends to get congested with tourists as the day goes on, especially in the busy summer months. Some reviewers also said that cell service was spotty, so make sure you pick up a map at the visitors center before you start your drive in case your GPS cuts out along the way.
Although the loop stays open year-round, large stretches do close for the winter season from December to mid-April. Check the National Park Service's website for more details on road closures.

Park visitors agree: riding along the 27-mile Park Loop Road is the best way to do a quick tour of Acadia (and makes a strong case for renting a car). Popular sights and trails like Sand Beach, Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff can all be reached from here. Just start your trek at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center, then snake your way around the east side of Mount Desert Island.

Public restrooms are also scattered along the loop, but with the lack of concession stands and eateries, it's probably wise to pack your own lunch. Also keep in mind that for a majority of the 27 miles, the loop's traffic goes one way, with a second lane provided for visitors to park and take in the view near Wildwood Stables. Recent travelers also recommended starting your drive early in the morning, as the road tends to get congested with tourists as the day goes on, especially in the busy summer months. Some reviewers also said that cell service was spotty, so make sure you pick up a map at the visitors center before you start your drive in case your GPS cuts out along the way.

Although the loop stays open year-round, large stretches do close for the winter season from December to mid-April. Check the National Park Service's website for more details on road closures.

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