Whether walking, bicycling, riding the Island Explorer, or driving through the park, we all must obtain a park pass. Eighty percent of all fees paid in Acadia National Park stay in Acadia, to be used for projects that directly benefit park visitors and resources.
Buy Your Digital Pass on Recreation.gov
Whether you’re planning a single visit or coming back to Acadia National Park multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing then printing your pass before you arrive. This allows you to head directly to a trailhead or parking lot and leave the printed pass on your dashboard. Click here to buy a park pass online.
Remember: All vehicles must display a park entrance pass. Please display your pass so it is clearly visible through the windshield.
New this year: For those wishing to visit Cadillac Mountain, a vehicle reservation is also required to access Cadillac Summit Road from sunrise to sunset May 26-Oct. 19. Click here to learn more.
Annual park passes are also available at certain Acadia-area town offices and local chambers of commerce. Visit Acadia’s webpage and scroll down to the Where Can I Buy A Pass section for details.
How Your Fees Help the Park
The fees you pay when visiting Acadia make a difference. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Acadia keeps 80 percent of all fees collected and uses that money to improve visitor services and fund critical deferred maintenance projects in the park such as:
- Maintain and rehabilitate park carriage roads and hiking trails
- Maintain and repair campgrounds, buildings, and picnic areas
- Maintain and repair paved roads and parking areas
- Improve park accessibility for visitors with disabilities
- Operate and maintain the Island Explorer bus service
- Provide lifeguards at Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach
- Provide unique interpretive programs
- Support and maintain museum exhibits