Visitors: Know Before You Go


As you make plans to visit Acadia National Park this season, it’s important plan ahead and be prepared to adapt as things change.

 

Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces where distancing of six feet is not possible. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation.

Acadia’s campgrounds are open this year, though currently at reduced capacity. The Island Explorer Fare-Free Bus System is running, but routes and capacity are adjusted. You will need to make an online vehicle reservation to drive and park on the Cadillac Summit Road during sunrise and daylight hours. Visitor access to the historic Eagle Lake Carriage Road will be reduced in stages during a rehabilitation and preservation construction project.

Many of these services will change and adapt throughout the year. It’s always best to check the Acadia National Park’s website, plan ahead, and come with a plan B.

For park operating hours and season information, click here.

If you plan to drive Cadillac Summit Road in 2021, you must make a vehicle reservation in advance. For convenience, you can buy and print both your park entrance pass and your Cadillac Reservation.

Here’s What to Expect at Acadia in 2021

Buy your park entrance pass online and print it before you arrive at the park. This allows you to avoid lines to purchase the entrance pass in person. Be sure to display your pass in your windshield while in the park. Masks and social distancing. Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation.

The fare-free Island Explorer bus system will resume service with limited routes and reduced passenger capacity. Masks will be required on board and at bus stops. Vehicle reservations are now required for the Cadillac Summit Road from sunrise to sunset May 26 –  October 19th. Vehicle reservations are available at Recreation.gov.

Ranger Guided Programs

Ranger-guided programs are offered in a hybrid model, with both virtual and in-person opportunities. Most ranger programs are scheduled early or late in the day to avoid mid-day congestion, and to maximize parking availability. Check the calendar on the park website for the full schedule of ranger-guided programs. Some programs may require a reservation. Be sure to check for ticketed programs at Recreation.gov.

Planning a Trip

Check the Acadia National Park website often for updated information to help plan your trip. Reservations and park entrance passes can be purchased at Recreation.gov. You can also download the new National Park Service app on your phone for easy planning on the go.