Acadia Fast Facts
- Acadia National Park covers a total area of 47,633 acres
- The number of people visiting Acadia in 2017 was 3,509,271 *
- Acadia was made a national park on February 26, 1919
- The lowest elevation found in Acadia is 0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean
- The highest elevation found in Acadia is 1,530 feet on Cadillac Mountain
- The entrance fee for Acadia is $30 per vehicle per week
- Acadia National Park lies in the Eastern time zone
- We last visited Acadia National Park in June 2015
Random Facts About Acadia
- Acadia was originally named Lafayette National Park. On January 19, 1929, the park name was changed to Acadia National Park. Before it was a national park, it was known as Sieur de Monts National Monument.
- In addition to the hiking trails, there are 45 miles of carriage roads within the park.
- Most of the very popular Park Loop Road closes on December 1st due to winter weather, and does not reopen until April 15th.
- The name Acadia comes from the explorer Giovanni Verrazano, who passed by the area in 1524. The shoreline reminded him of a part of Greece named Arcadia.
- It is said that Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the United States to get sunlight in the morning.
- Acadia is the 5th smallest national park in the United States by area, but is routinely in the top 10 in total visitors.
Where is Acadia National Park?
Acadia National Park is located along the Atlantic Coast in the state of Maine. Most of the park lands are on Mount Desert Island, though there are also areas on Isle Au Haut and the Schoodic Peninsula. The city of Bangor, an hour away, is the closest city of size. The town of Bar Harbor is adjacent to the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Acadia.
More About Acadia
We have pages on all sorts of things about Acadia National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.