Fee-free days set for Acadia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 15, 2017

CONTACT:  Earl Brechlin, Communications Director, Friends of Acadia


ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Entrance fees will be waived here on Sept. 30 and again on both Saturday and Sunday over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, as part of the National Park Service’s annual fee-free program.

Saturday, Sept. 30 is National Public Lands Day.

The waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.

Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.

The entrance fee at Acadia is $25 per vehicle, $20 per motorcycle, for seven days. Walkers and bicyclists can get a weekly pass for $12. An annual pass to Acadia costs $50.

Although there is only one entrance fee station at Acadia, on the Park Loop Road near Sand Beach, all visitors to the park are required to have a pass. The entire park is a federal fee area.

As part of stepped up compliance efforts earlier this summer, Rangers began issuing tickets to parked vehicles not displaying a pass. Although the fine for not having a pass is $130, the park’s policy is that anyone who brings in a ticket within 24 hours of its receipt will have it voided if they show they had a pass or decide to purchase an entrance pass on the spot. The places to obtain a pass or waiver include: the Sand Beach entrance station, Hulls Cove Visitor’s Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Blackwoods and Seawall campgrounds, Schoodic Woods Campground, and the Village Green Information Center in Bar Harbor.

A total of 80 percent of entrance fees collected in Acadia remain in the park to help support operations and the visitor experience. Fees also provide the major source of support for the Island Explorer shuttle bus system. For more information visit friendsofacadia.org/visiting-acadia