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National Park Service wishes visitors a safe and enjoyable Independence Day visit at Acadia National Park

Traffic and travel tips


BAR HARBOR –Acadia National Park is on the top ten list of most visited national parks in the United States, welcoming more than 3.5 million visits a year. Fourth of July week is anticipated to be a popular time to visit, especially from Thursday July 4 through Saturday July 6. Visitors are encouraged to plan carefully and use the fare free Island Explorer shuttle service to access the Park Loop Road, carriage roads, and hiking trails. Parking is limited and expected to fill early. In addition, the possession or use of fireworks or firecrackers in the park is prohibited.

“We want people to enjoy their visit to Acadia,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “Knowing what to expect helps people plan better and enjoy their time in the park.”

The most congested areas that routinely fill to capacity will be Cadillac Summit Road (especially sunrise/sunset), Jordan Pond area, Park Loop Road (especially between Sand Beach and Fabbri Picnic Area), Sand Beach Parking Lot (lot routinely full by 9 am), Eagle Lake Road carriage road access from Route 233, Acadia Mountain parking (Route 102), and Echo Lake Beach parking area. All of these areas, except Cadillac Summit, can be reached by using the Island Explorer shuttle bus system.

If you visit the Park Loop Road with a vehicle, please park legally and responsibly. Certain areas on the one-way section of the Park Loop Road allow right-hand lane parking. When parking in designated areas, make certain that all wheels remain on the pavement. Roadside parking outside of designated areas is prohibited. Oversized vehicles, such as recreational vehicles (or vehicles pulling trailers) cannot be accommodated in certain areas.

Additionally, the park is expecting a very busy summer season. Below are some tips to enjoy the park:

  • What to know before visiting Acadia Learn about how to visit your national park.
  • Read our tips for staying safe in the park Ticks, trail safety, poison ivy, hiking, biking, boating rules and browntail moths.
  • Arrive before 8 am or after 5 pmMost vehicle congestion occurs midday.
  • Take the Island ExplorerThe Island Explorer connects communities to the park and has routes across Mount Desert Island and also on the Schoodic Peninsula. A mobile phone application showing the location of Island Explore buses can be downloaded at
  • Make camping reservations early All Acadia National Park campsites can be reserved online. Many private campgrounds are also available.
  • Explore new locations (facing east or west) to view sunrise and sunsetThere are limited parking slots in the Cadillac summit parking areas, and parking on granite outcrops, vegetation, and the summit roadway is prohibited.
  • Use local ferries as transportation Access Schoodic Peninsula by water.
  • Enjoy getting to your destination Hike a village connector trails from local communities or bicycle on a carriage road to reach a hiking trail.
  • Always visit Acadia with a back-up plan If parking lot is full when you arrive,choose another destination, use another mode of transportation, or arrive at your destination during a non-peak time of day.


To view this news release online, visit AcadiaNews.


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