Elevation of Acadia National Park – Bangor Daily News

Acadia National Park is one of Maine’s most popular hiking destinations, and for very good reason. The park features more than 120 miles of hiking trails and more than 45 miles of vehicle-free smooth and gravel transportation. This path system is a work of art, with giant stone bridges, rock staircases, wooden footbridges, and historic joists.

The Acadia is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, regardless of your abilities or skill level.

Whether you’re visiting the park for the first time or you’re a local looking for a new adventure, here’s everything you need to know about hiking in Acadia.

You can find a map of Acadia National Park here.

Tips for hiking in Acadia National Park

  • Before planning your trip or visit to the park, check the park’s website for trail closures because a number of trails are closed for restoration or wildlife protection during certain times of the year.
  • Plan multiple hiking options. This way, if the parking lot is full, you can proceed to your next option. Do not park your car illegally, because you will get a ticket.
  • Don’t underestimate the trails of Acadia National Park. Some are quite challenging, so bring plenty of water, fuel, and supplies.
  • Acadia allows dogs but is prohibited from some hiking trails that have stairs, steps, and other obstacles that cannot be safely navigated with a dog. Here is a list of these paths.
  • To avoid big crowds, plan your trip in the early morning or later afternoon.

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