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Acadia National Park is one of Maine’s most famous hiking destinations, and for good reason. The park has over 120 miles of hiking trails and over 45 miles of smooth, gravel, traffic-free driveways. This path system is a work of art with huge stone bridges, rock steps, boardwalks and historic cairns.

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

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

A map of Acadia National Park can be found here.

Hiking tips for Acadia National Park

  • Before planning your hike or visiting the park, check the park’s website for information about closed trails, as some trails are closed at certain times of the year for restoration or to protect wildlife.
  • Plan several hiking options. That way, if a parking space fills up, you can move on to your next option. Do not park illegally as you will be fined.
  • Don’t underestimate the hiking trails in Acadia National Park. Some of them are quite challenging, so bring plenty of water, fuel, and supplies.
  • Acadia allows dogs, but they are prohibited on some trails that have ladders, rungs, and other obstacles that cannot be safely negotiated with a dog. Here is a list of these trails.
  • To avoid the biggest crowds, plan your hike in the early morning or late afternoon.

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