13 Best Things To Do in Acadia National Park

By: Sahil Luthra


Whether you're hiking up Cadillac Mountain, hiding out on Sand Beach or just driving along Park Loop Road, Acadia's attractions are all about enjoying the great outdoors. Adventurous activities are plentiful and when the season permits, leaf peeping and a wide range of winter sports are also popular.  

Standing about 1,530 feet in height, Cadillac Mountain wins a lot of superlatives. Not only is it the tallest mountain in the park, but it's the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic seaboard.  

Cadillac Mountain

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).  

Park Loop Road

Both the Jordan Pond Nature Trail (an easy stroll through the evergreens) and the Jordan Pond Shore Trail (a more difficult trek along the rocky coast) spill out to the picturesque and pleasant respite that is Jordan Pond.  

Jordan Pond

As the only portion of Acadia National Park that's actually located on the mainland, Schoodic Point isn't as easily accessible as some of the park's other major attractions. 

Schoodic Point

If you want to experience a stunning sunrise without the crowds of Cadillac Mountain, head to the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.  

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Sand Beach is filled with sharp shells and its water rarely warms above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. But still, this is the most popular of the park's two beaches. 

Sand Beach

The Carriage Roads are a 57-mile long network of paved paths created and funded by John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940.  

Carriage Road

The Precipice Trail is one of the most rewarding hikes in the park, as long as you have the guts to attempt it. The challenging, 2-mile round-trip path has visitors scrambling 

Precipice Trail

A raucous natural phenomenon, this semi-submerged cave booms an hour or two before high tide. Waves fill the cave in such a way that the slapping is as loud  

Thunder Hole

Another classic stop along the Park Loop Road, Otter Cliff is a giant 110-foot-high granite precipice with one of the most breathtaking ocean views on the East Coast.

Otter Cliff

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